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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PON co-sponsors workshops on negotiation for Arab and Jewish high school students in Israel

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

This video introduces a series of workshops that brought together students from Arab and Jewish schools in Israel to teach them how to communicate and negotiate more effectively.  As Taibeh student Rima Nuseirat realized over the course of the program, “sometimes in a negotiation it is not necessary to have someone who is a winner … Read More 

Dr. Ehud Eiran reflects on Israel’s strategic options in changing Middle East

PON Staff   •  02/15/2012   •  Filed in International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

With rising political instability in its surrounding environment, Israel will have to adapt its foreign policy to deal with new strategic challenges, Dr. Ehud Eiran, a faculty affiliate of PON’s Middle East Negotiation Initiative, noted in a recent ynetnews article. Challenges facing Israel include the difficulties that come with weaker border control and the risk … Read More 

PON faculty member leads Water Diplomacy Workshop

PON Staff   •  02/15/2012   •  Filed in International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

This summer, senior Arab and Israeli water negotiators and policymakers will convene in Cambridge, Massachusetts, along with individuals from more than 15 other countries to participate in the Water Diplomacy Workshop (www.waterdiplomacy.org) — a highly interactive, train-the-trainer program designed to help senior water managers improve their capacity to resolve complex water disputes.  The initiative is … Read More 

Video: Professor Robert Mnookin leads negotiation skills training for Jewish and Arab students in Israel

PON Staff   •  01/30/2012   •  Filed in International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

In this video, Professor Robert H. Mnookin, Chair of the Program on Negotiation, reflects on his experience leading a negotiation workshop for high school students in Israel. The key negotiation skills emphasized in the workshop were active listening and the ability to understand the perspective of the other side. As Professor Mnookin states … Read More 

Religious fundamentalism in Palestine and Israel and its impact on women

PON Staff   •  01/24/2012   •  Filed in International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI), Student Events, The Kelman Seminar

“Religious Fundamentalism in Palestine and Israel
and its Impact on Women”
with

Laila Atshan
Mason Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government
and psychologist in Palestine
and
Dina Kraft
Free lance journalist based in Tel Aviv, Israel and Nieman Fellow 
 
Date: Monday, January 30, 2012
Time: 4:00-6:00 PM
Where: Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Knafel Building North, 1737 Cambridge Street, Room N-262 (Bowie Vernon Room).
Contact Chair: Donna … Read More 

Mnookin featured as a distinguished speaker in Israel

PON Staff   •  12/21/2011   •  Filed in International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

In December 2011, Professor Robert Mnookin, Chair of the Program on Negotiation, was invited by Daniel Shapiro, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, to speak on the topic of his recent book: Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate and When to Fight. Part of a series on “Distinguished American Speakers, ” the event was held in … Read More 

Further reading on “Israel’s Prisoner Exchange: An Irrational Trade?” from the January 2012 issue of the Negotiation newsletter

PON Staff   •  11/03/2011   •  Filed in International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

Read more on “Israel’s Prisoner Exchange: An Irrational Trade?” from the January 2012 issue of the Negotiation newsletter in the following two articles:

Israel’s Deals with the Devils

By: Robert Mnookin

The Shalit Deal: Opportunities for Negotiators

By: Dr. Ehud Eiran

Read More 

The Shalit Deal: Opportunities for Negotiators

PON Staff   •  11/03/2011   •  Filed in International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

Last weekend’s violent deal between Israel and Islamic Jihad In Gaza was interpreted by some as proof that the Gilead Shalit prisoner exchange compromised Israeli security. Beyond these recent events it is indeed clear, as Professor Robert H. Mnookin and others warned, that the Shalit deal generated numerous risks for Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and … Read More 

The Gilad Shalit-Palestinian prisoners exchange: the process, deal and implications

PON Staff   •  10/31/2011   •  Filed in Events, International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

The Middle East Negotiation Initiative at PON invites you to a panel discussion on
The Gilad Shalit-Palestinian prisoners exchange: the process, deal and implications
November 7, 2011 • 12:15 – 2 p.m.
Pound 100 • Harvard Law School
Please bring your lunch. Drinks and cookies will be served.
PANELISTS
Robert H. Mnookin is the Samuel Williston Professor of Law at Harvard … Read More 

Professor Mnookin’s Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal

PON Staff   •  10/18/2011   •  Filed in Daily, International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI), News

In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Robert H. Mnookin, Professor at Harvard Law School and Chair of the Program on Negotiation, reflects on Israel’s recent decision to release 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the safe return of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas.  From a negotiating standpoint, according to Mnookin, … Read More 

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