Negotiation Lessons from Hurricane Katrina’s Crisis Management: A European Perspective

Event Date: Wednesday November 29, 2006
Time: 12:15 P.M.
Location: Pound Hall 106, Harvard Law School

Sara Ulrich, University of Paris XI, CADMOS and PON Visiting Scholar

Americans can vividly recall the images of Hurricane Katrina and the political aftermath, but what about the effects of the U.S. government’s response on transatlantic relations?

To investigate, Dr. Ulrich conducted hundreds of interviews in Texas, New Orleans, Washington D.C., and with members of the transatlantic diplomatic community. She will share her findings with us and propose a possible “hurricane diplomacy.”

Sara Ulrich is a Senior Lecturer on Crisis Management, EU studies and Alliance IR theory at the Paris University XI. She is also Secretary General of the research center CADMOS (Center for Analysis of Disputes and their Modes of Settlement). She received her LL.B. and LL.M. in European and public French law from the University Robert Schuman of Strasburg (France), her LL.M in German law at the University of Passau (Germany), her M.Phil. in Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiations and her PhD in political science from the University Paris XI.

Her research activities include EU-NATO crisis management, alliances and coalition building in security negotiations, civilian crisis management, and the political impact of international disaster relief. She also specializes in building and conducting crisis management simulations with students, professionals and diplomats all around the globe. Ulrich received the 2005-2006 scholar-in-residence award from the European Union Center of Excellence at Texas A&M University for her research on hurricane Katrina’s impact on transatlantic relations. She also received an award from CADMOS to be a visiting scholar at the Program on Negotiation (PON) in the fall of 2006. While at PON, Ulrich will create a simulation exercise based on hurricane Katrina’s crisis management. She can be reached at

Bring your lunch — drinks and dessert provided.


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