Event Date: Monday April 23, 2018
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Location: CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Room, S-020, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution presents:

Dealing Constructively with our Differences in
US-Russian Relations:
Roots, Stakes and Opportunities in the
New Cold War Conflict


Bruce Allyn

Senior Fellow, Harvard Negotiation Project


Monday, April 23, 2018
4:30 – 6:00 PM
CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Room, S-020
1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA

Free and open to the public.


About the Talk:

We are sleepwalking into an arms race with Russia in a multipolar world spinning out of control. What the fields of negotiation and conflict resolution can offer.

About the speaker:

Bruce Allyn is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project. Allyn has held positions as Director, Harvard-Soviet Joint Study; Associate Director, Harvard Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project and Program Director, Conflict Management Group (CMG). Allyn received his PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard, an M.A. in Soviet Studies from Harvard and an M.A. in Politics and Philosophy from Oxford University.

His current work at Harvard focuses on negotiation in US-Russian relations, including issues of leverage, power, strategic preparation and sustained long-term nonviolent action and change. He is a participant in the Working Group on the Future of Russian-American Relations and the University Consortium, an inter-regional academic network that promotes dialogue, research and policy outreach on Euro-Atlantic issues critical to addressing the crisis in Russia-West relations. His work also includes facilitating dialogue on environmental sustainability across for-profit, nonprofit and government boundaries.

In the 1980s, Allyn was a member of a high-level delegation of scholars and officials who worked with President Mikhail Gorbachev’s government on negotiations to reduce nuclear risk and reform foreign and domestic policy.

Allyn is co-author of the acclaimed Cuba on the Brink: Castro, the Missile Crisis and the Soviet Collapse (Pantheon, 1993). From 1987 to 1992, Allyn worked to convene the top Russian, Cuban and American decision-makers in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, the most dangerous moment in human history. The dialogues brought Robert McNamara, Andrei Gromyko, Fidel Castro and other top actors in this classic negotiation for a series of unprecedented face-to-face dialogues. On the 25th anniversary of the missile crisis, Allyn wrote a memoir The Edge of Armageddon: Lessons from the Brink (Rosetta Books, 2012).

Allyn has published several books and numerous articles in International Security, The New York Times, Time and other major media. Allyn is a founding member and advisor to the nonprofit Abraham’s Path Initiative, traveling to initiate the project in Turkey, Syria, Israel and the West Bank beginning in 2005.

About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series: 

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public PolicyThe Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Boston area members of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The theme of the Kelman Seminar is “Negotiation, Conflict and the News Media”.

For more information, contact Donna Hicks at dhicks@wcfia.harvard.edu.


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