Negotiating Under the Gun: A Hostage’s Account, with Jim Tull

Event Date: Wednesday February 15, 2006
Time: 8:30-10:00am (Continental Breakfast at 8:00)
Location: Pound Hall, 2nd Floor, John Chipman Gray Room, Harvard Law School

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Jim Tull

Jim Tull will share his own theory-to-practice experience in discussing his 1992 Nicaraguan Recompa abduction and subsequent negotiated release. After being taken hostage with several co-workers, Jim successfully applied his understanding of the theory from Getting to Yes to help diffuse a potentially tragic event. In his talk, Jim will describe the event and share his reflections on how the theory had a substantial impact on the final peaceful outcome.

Jim Tull is an International Conflict Management Specialist providing process assistance and training in the areas of negotiation, communication, consensus building, mediation and dispute resolution. Mr. Tull has consulted and trained in over 40 countries around the globe, helping nonprofits, governments and corporations to deepen their understanding and heighten their effectiveness in the face of conflict. He has taught at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Education and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Mr. Tull spent eight years working with Conflict Resolution Professor Roger Fisher and four years as an International Partner for Habitat for Humanity in Central and South America, where he was held hostage by Recompa guerrillas and negotiated his own release.

Mr. Tull is currently a Consultant with Mercy Corps International, an Associate with the ARIA Group and an Advisor to the Ethnic Relations Commission of Guyana. He received his MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and his BA, with honors, from Kenyon College.

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