The Role of Designers in Negotiating Israeli-Palestinian Borders

Event Date: Wednesday January 9, 2013
Time: 12:30 -2:00 p.m.
Location: Hauser 102, Harvard Law School

The Middle East Negotiation Initiative at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the Loeb Fellowship of the Harvard Graduate School of Design present:

The Role of Designers in Negotiating Israeli-Palestinian Borders


Yehuda Greenfield-Gilat

Architect and co-founder of SAYA

Dan Rothem

Senior Research Consultant, The S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace

Nizar Farsakh

Former Negotiations Adviser to the PLO

Moderated by

Professor James Sebenius

Gordon Donaldson Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School & Vice-chair, Executive Committee, Program on Negotiation

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
12:30 p.m.

Hauser Hall, Room 102

Harvard Law School

Free and open to the public; pizza and soda will be provided.

About the event:
This is the third of four seminars exploring the role of urban planning in negotiation, co-sponsored by the Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI) at the Program on Negotiation and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. For more information, contact Polly Hamlen at

About the speakers:

Dan Rothem is a Senior Research Consultant for The S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. Using publicly available information, personal research and data obtained through collaborations with NGOs and Israel’s policy and security community, Dan has overseen the development of an extensive map database relating to the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem. Using Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies, Dan has created maps (including three-dimensional digital maps) within which he had embedded data relevant to policymakers (demographic, political, etc…), allowing precise and instant analysis/comparison of options and proposals. In Israel, Dan works closely with various organizations composed of former senior Israel intelligence and military officials on issues such as Israel’s borders and the route of Israel’s West Bank security barrier, Jerusalem, checkpoints, and settlements. Dan regularly briefs top officials in the Israeli government and military establishment, as well as in the United States. He is also involved in a range of track II efforts related to these issues.

Nizar Farsakh is the General Director at the PLO Delegation in DC. He has an MA in Public Administration from Harvard and an MA in International Boundary Studies from King’s College London. He has worked as a policy adviser on border issues for the Palestinian Negotiations Support Unit from 2003 to 2008. He was intimately involved in the Annapolis final status talks as part of the team extensively studying territorial options. He was also involved in studying linkages between negotiations issues looking at them from an interest-based negotiations approach. This experience has given Nizar a broad overview of the different ways the two parties value each final status issue and therefore he has firsthand knowledge of specific trade-off options and proposals.

Yehuda Greenfield-Gilat
is a licensed architect, a co-founder of SAYA/Design for Change and its Planning and Development Director. He is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Masters in Public Policy) and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology. He specializes in the connection between planning, conflict resolution and political economy. His work has been widely presented and used by leading decision makers and state officials. Yehuda is the recipient of the David Fischman award-for outstanding academic achievements, as well as an S.Daniel Abraham award for Graduate Studies.

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