Brian Mandell, Vice Chair of Executive Education, PON Executive Committee

Brian Mandell
Mohammad Kamal Senior Lecturer in Negotiation and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Director, Harvard Kennedy School Negotiation Project

Faculty Associate, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

Vice Chair for Executive Education for the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

Senior Research Associate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard Kennedy School

Faculty Co-Chair, Mastering Negotiation: Building Sustainable Agreements, Harvard Kennedy School

Chair, Wexner Senior Leaders Program, Harvard Kennedy School

Brian Mandell is a preeminent teacher and curriculum designer at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he leads an innovative, intensive annual workshop course on advanced multiparty negotiation and conflict resolution.

Professor Mandell refined his case teaching methods in international affairs as a Pew Faculty Fellow and subsequently trained faculty from across the United States in case-method pedagogy with a special emphasis on teaching and writing cases for international security studies.

He is a multiple recipient of the school’s Most Influential Course Award, the Manuel C. Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Through the Negotiation Project, Professor Mandell designs and produces multiparty negotiation exercises that focus on the challenges of cross-boundary collaboration.

Additionally, he is designing and developing curriculum material for graduate students and congressional staffers in the Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative on strengthening bipartisan legislative negotiation in Congress.


B.A., University of Toronto

M.A., University of Toronto

Ph.D., University of Toronto

Research interests

Advanced multiparty negotiation, conflict resolution, international security, cross-boundary collaboration

Selected publications

  • “Unnecessary Toughness: Hard Bargaining as an Extreme Sport.” In Negotiating on Behalf of Others, edited by Robert M. Mnookin and Lawrence E. Susskind, 263–272. Sage, 1999.
  • “Conflict Resolution.” In Protest, Power and Change: An Encyclopedia of Nonviolent Action from ACT-UP to Women’s Suffrage, edited by Roger Porter and William B. Vogele, 112–115. Garland, 1997.
  • “The Limits of Mediation: Lessons from the Syria-Israel Experience, 1974–1994.” In Resolving International Conflicts: The Theory and Practice of Mediation, edited by Jacob Bercovitch, 129–149. Lynne Rienner, 1996.
  • “Getting to Peacekeeping in Enduring Rivalries: Anticipating an Israel-Syria Peace Treaty.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 40, no. 2 (1996): 238–271.
  • With Jacob Bercovitch. “Conflict Management and Peace-Making in the Middle East in the Wake of the Gulf War: Objectives, Achievements, and Prospects.” International Problems 32, no. 60 (1993): 55–70.

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