Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

Faculty affiliates and research fellows work closely with field practitioners to conduct research and scholarship on key topics related to Middle East peace negotiations. Through publications, workshops, and multimedia resources, MENI affiliates disseminate problem-solving methodology and share negotiation methods and techniques that can help resolve challenges in the Middle East.

Ongoing MENI projects include the following:

  • Abraham’s Path
  • Abraham’s Path follows Abraham’s famous journey from Sanliurfa in southeast Turkey through Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel. The walking trail offers hikers the opportunity to engage with the region firsthand. The path represents the challenging, long-term negotiations used to establish a contiguous route through often-hostile countries. Abraham’s Path has powerful regional implications for economic development, mutual engagement, and peace building. PON serves as the intellectual and academic home of Abraham’s Path.

  • Iran Nuclear Negotiations Working Group
  • The Iran Nuclear Negotiations Working Group focuses on evaluating Iranian nuclear negotiations used in the past while exploring new analytic perspectives on the current challenges. Sponsored by HNP and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School, participants include experts on negotiation, Iran, the broader Middle East, and nonproliferation.

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The Role of Urban Planners in Negotiations: Case Study of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

PON Staff   •  11/13/2012   •  Filed in Conflict Resolution, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

Can urban planning tools help negotiators develop creative solutions to complex disputes?  Karen Lee Bar-Sinai, Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), recently explored this topic in a talk entitled “The Role of Urban Planners in Negotiations: Case Study of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations.” The first in a series of seminars co-sponsored by the Middle … Read More 

The Role of Architects in Negotiations: Designing a “Yes” in Jerusalem

PON Staff   •  11/07/2012   •  Filed in Events, International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

This presentation by Karen Lee Bar-Sinai and Prof. Robert Mnookin is the second of four seminars exploring the role of urban planning in negotiation, co-sponsored by the Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI) at the Program on Negotiation and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. … Read More 

The Role of Urban Planners in Negotiations: Case Study of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

PON Staff   •  09/18/2012   •  Filed in Events, International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

Karen Lee Bar-Sinai is the director and co-founder of SAYA/Design for Change (www.sayarch.com). SAYA is based in Israel and specializes in what can be called “peace architecture” — using planning and design to support decision-making, negotiations and peace processes in areas of conflict. Bar-Sinai’s talk will explore how urban design thinking and planning can … Read More 

Great Negotiator Lakhdar Brahimi Travels to Syria as United Nations and Arab League Envoy

PON Staff   •  09/06/2012   •  Filed in Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

Great Negotiator Award recipient for 2002, Lakhdar Brahimi, is traveling to Damascus within the next couple of days to attempt to mediate the escalating conflict between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and more than 30 different opposition groups. Describing his mission as “nearly impossible,” Ambassador Brahimi stressed the need for the international community to display unity … Read More 

Negotiation Training Empowers Young Women Leaders from Around the Globe

PON Staff   •  07/25/2012   •  Filed in Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI), Negotiation Skills

How do you resolve a conflict with a family member, when you have a misunderstanding? Can you learn to see their perspective? Can you articulate your mutual interests? Can you overcome your differences and work together toward a common goal? These were some of the questions discussed by a group of 80 … Read More 

Yemeni Activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman to speak at Harvard

PON Staff   •  06/07/2012   •  Filed in Conflict Resolution, Events, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI), Student Events, Students

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, in partnership with The Center for Public Leadership and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School

invites the public to an address by

Tawakkol Karman
Nobel Peace Prize Co-recipient, 2011
Yemeni Political Activist and Journalist

When: Thursday, June 7, 2012

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Institute of Politics Forum, Harvard Kennedy School
Free and open … Read More 

PON faculty member Daniel Shapiro takes part in panel discussion reflecting on the World Economic Forum

PON Staff   •  03/26/2012   •  Filed in Conflict Resolution, Daily, International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

In a panel discussion on February 3 at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard faculty members shared their reflections on this year’s annual summit of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  Panelists included Dr. Daniel Shapiro of the Harvard Negotiation Project, as well as Kennedy School faculty Charles W. Eliot … Read More 

Planting the Seeds of Peace

PON Staff   •  03/09/2012   •  Filed in Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI), Negotiation Skills

Tucked away in an idyllic corner of Maine is a summer camp that features many traditional American activities: singing around bonfires, flag raising ceremonies, Color Wars, and chilly dips in the lake. Less ordinary, however, are the daily dialogue sessions, where Israeli and Palestinian campers heatedly discuss their identities, homelands, politics, and pain.

Meet Seeds of … Read More 

Professor Mnookin participates in panel discussion on Shalit deal

PON Staff   •  02/22/2012   •  Filed in International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

Hostage negotiations are challenging in any situation, but the Israeli-Palestinian prisoner exchange involving Gilad Shalit in 2011 was more challenging than most.  Learning lessons from this exchange was the topic of a panel discussion, entitled “In the Aftermath of the Shalit Deal: Insights regarding Hostage-Barricade Situations and Hostage Negotiations,” held at Haifa University’s School of … Read More 

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