The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the U.S.: Negotiation Lessons and Possibilities

Event Date: Thursday April 14, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Austin Hall North, Harvard Law School

A video recording of this event is available for viewing on our YouTube channel.

The Program on Negotiation, Harvard Hillel, Harvard Jewish Law Students Association,
Center for Jewish Studies, and Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at Harvard University
are pleased to co-present:

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the U.S.:
Negotiation Lessons and Possibilities


Tzipi Livni

Tzipi Livni

Co-leader, Zionist Union Party
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel


Dennis Ross

Dennis Ross

Counselor, Washington Institute
Formerly President Clinton’s Envoy for Middle East Peace

Moderated by

Bob Mnookin

Robert Mnookin

Samuel Williston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
Chair, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
Director, Harvard Negotiation Research Project


Thursday, April 14, 2016
Austin Hall North
Harvard Law School Campus
7:00 pm

Priority seating for Harvard Students / ID holders & Program affiliates.

About the Speakers:

Tzipi Livni has held a variety of ministerial positions in the Israeli government. These include Minister of Foreign Affairs, Acting Prime Minister, Minister of Justice, and Head of the Israeli team in the peace process negotiations with the Palestinians in 2008 and 2013.

Livni served as member of the National Security Cabinet, and the Senior Security Cabinet, during the Second Lebanon War, Operation Cast Lead, and Operation Protective Edge.

Livni served as a lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces and later in the Mossad. She holds a law degree and has practiced law for over a decade. She also served as Director General of the Government Companies Authority.

Livni is currently the head of the Hatnua Party and co-leader of the Zionist Union, which heads the opposition. She is a member of the Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, and head of the Subcommittee for International Legal Warfare. She engages in issues of asymmetrical warfare and Israel’s national security.

Dennis Ross is counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He served in senior positions related to the Middle East in the Obama, Clinton, and first Bush administration, including as President Clinton’s Special Envoy for Middle East Peace.

For more than twelve years, Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and dealing directly with the parties in negotiations. A highly skilled diplomat, Ambassador Ross was U.S. point man on the peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. He was instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians to reach the 1995 Interim Agreement; he also successfully brokered the 1997 Hebron Accord, facilitated the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty, and intensively worked to bring Israel and Syria together.

Ross is the author of several influential books on the peace process, most recently, Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, October 2015), which was awarded the 2015 National Jewish Book Award for history.

Robert H. Mnookin is the Samuel Williston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, the Chair of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and the Director of the Harvard Negotiation Research Project. A leading scholar in the field of conflict resolution, Professor Mnookin has applied his interdisciplinary approach to negotiation and conflict resolution to a remarkable range of problems; both public and private.

A renowned teacher and lecturer, Professor Mnookin has taught numerous workshops for corporations, governmental agencies and law firms throughout the world and trained many executives and professionals in negotiation and mediation skills. On behalf of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, he designed and has taught annual workshops for intellectual property professionals. Professor Mnookin has served as a consultant to governments, international agencies, major corporations and law firms. As a neutral arbitrator or mediator, he has resolved numerous complex commercial disputes. He has been involved in a number of Track Two (unofficial) meetings involving Israelis and Palestinians and has organized and facilitated projects within Israel relating to settlements.

Professor Mnookin has written or edited ten books and numerous scholarly articles. In his most recent book, Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight, Mnookin explores the challenge of making such critical decisions. Using eight conflicts drawn from history and his own professional experience, he offers a framework that applies equally to international conflicts and everyday life.

A video recording of this event is available for viewing on our YouTube channel.

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