Bruce Allyn

Senior Fellow, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

Bruce Allyn is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Russia Negotiation Initiative at the Harvard Negotiation Project. He is Senior Creative Producer for the multimedia “Quest for Stability in US-Russia Relations,” supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York ( and former Director of the Harvard-Soviet Joint Study on Crisis Prevention. For three decades, Allyn has taught negotiation and mediation and served as a strategic advisor and negotiation trainer to national and state governments, corporate leadership teams, and nongovernmental organizations.

A highly respected mediator, Allyn worked with President Mikhail Gorbachev’s government on negotiations to reduce nuclear risk and reform foreign and domestic policy in the 1980s and played a key role in bringing together top decision makers from the 1962 Cuban missile crisis for a series of unprecedented face-to-face dialogues in Cambridge (1987), Moscow (1989), and Havana (1992).

Allyn is a participant in the Working Group on the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations and the University Consortium and has held positions as Associate Director of the Harvard Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project, Program Director of the Conflict Management Group, Partner at Monitor Group, and consultant to NBC and ABC News.


B.A., Dartmouth College

M.A., Oxford University

M.A., Harvard University

Ph.D., Harvard University

Research interests

Negotiation in U.S.-Russian relations; facilitating dialogue on environmental sustainability across for-profit, nonprofit, and government boundaries

Selected publications

  • With James G. Blight and David A. Welch. Cuba on the Brink: Castro, the Missile Crisis, and the Soviet Collapse. Pantheon, 1993.
  • The Edge of Armageddon: Lessons from the Brink. Rosetta Books, 2013..
  • With Graham Allison and William Ury. Windows of Opportunity: From Cold War to Peaceful Competition in US-Soviet Relations. Ballinger, 1989.
  • With James G. Blight and David A. Welch, eds. Back to the Brink: Proceedings of the Moscow Conference on the Cuban Missile Crisis, January 27–28, 1989. CSIA Occasional Paper, no. 9. Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, 1992.

5 Responses to “Bruce Allyn”

  • Sean O.

    Good Morning Professor, would it be possible to have some of the slides from your most informative and insightful Webinar the other evening on negotiating with President Putin? Many thanks. Seán.

  • Bérengère C.

    Dear Bruce Allyn,

    I am a journalist for the first French news channel, BFMTV. I am currently working on a documentary on nuclear deterrence. In this story, we’re going to talk about the false missile alert in Hawai. Would you be willing to talk about it? That you can tell the French what happened? Because this story is not well known in France and I think it is important to inform about the nuclear issue. We can travel to the United States to meet you.

    Thank you very much Mr. Allyn,

    Sincerely yours,

    Bérengère Canat
    Journalist BFMTV


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