Getting to Peace: From Colombia and Venezuela to North Korea and Afghanistan

Event Date: Tuesday April 9, 2019
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Austin Hall West, Room 111, Harvard Law School Campus, Cambridge, MA

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is pleased to present:

Getting to Peace: From Colombia and Venezuela to North Korea and Afghanistan

A conversation with

Bill Ury

William Ury

Co-founder, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
Senior Fellow, Harvard Negotiation Project


Tuesday, April 9, 2019
12:15 – 1:30 PM
Austin Hall West, Room 111
Harvard Law School Campus

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.


About the Speaker:

William Ury, co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, is one of the world’s leading experts on negotiation and mediation.

He is co-author with Roger Fisher and Bruce Patton of Getting to Yes, a fifteen-million-copy bestseller translated into over thirty-five languages, and the author of Getting Past No, The Power of a Positive No, The Third Side and, most recently, the award-winning Getting to Yes with Yourself.

Over four decades, Ury has served as a negotiation adviser and mediator in conflicts ranging from the Cold War to ethnic and civil wars in the Middle East, Chechnya, Yugoslavia, and most recently in Colombia, where he serves as a senior advisor to President Juan Manuel Santos. During the Cold War, Ury served as a consultant to the Crisis Management Center at the White House, helping to create nuclear risk reduction centers. He has taught negotiation and mediation to tens of thousands of corporate executives, labor leaders, diplomats, and military officers around the world.

Ury is founder of the Abraham Path Initiative, which seeks to bring people together across cultures by opening a long-distance walking route in the Middle East that retraces the footsteps of Abraham and his family. ABC’s Christiane Amanpour calls the Abraham Path “an unprecedented initiative to break down barriers and foster communication in the most divided region of the world.” Ury has a popular TED talk about the Abraham Path, entitled “The Walk from No to Yes.” He is also co-founder of the Climate Parliament, which unites parliamentarians around the world with civil society to bring about a transition to renewable energy.

Ury is the recipient of the Cloke-Millen Peacemaker Award, the Whitney North Seymour Award from the American Arbitration Association, and the Distinguished Service Medal from the Russian Parliament. His work has been widely featured in the media, including the The New York Times, the Financial Times, the CNN, and BBC.

Trained as a social anthropologist, Ury has a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He is currently a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project.



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