James K. Sebenius and Kristin Schneeman
Part of the PON Great Negotiator Case Study Series, this factual case study examines former U.N. Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi’s involvement in negotiating an interim Afghani government after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. As a result of these efforts, Brahimi received the Program on Negotiation’s 2002 “Great Negotiator” Award.
The case study covers Brahimi’s background and early career, the background of the 2001 conflict in Afghanistan, the players and issues involved in the 2001 Bonn Conference on establishing an interim Afghani government, the main points of the Bonn Agreement, and the post-Bon peace process. It also includes an ethnic map of Afghanistan, excerpts from Brahimi’s remarks to the United Nations about Afghanistan, and a diagram of the Bonn Conference participants.
This case study provides a wonderful opportunity to teach from recent history, using a living, working diplomat as a focus for learning about negotiation. It may be used alone or in conjunction with the Great Negotiator 2002: Lakhdar Brahimi video, which is available separately. The case study provides a wealth of factual details regarding Brahimi’s negotiations, while the video features Brahimi’s personal reflections and observations. An instructor might, for instance, use the case study as a basis for classroom discussion, and use excerpts from the video to offer Brahimi’s own thoughts on the issues discussed in class.
Lakhdar Brahimi – Negotiating a New Government for Afghanistan Attributes
- James K. Sebenius and Kristin Schneeman
- Program on Negotiation
PON Teaching Negotiation Resource Center
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To order multiple copies of a role simulation for use in a course or workshop, simply enter the total number of participants in the box next to “Quantity.” There is no need to calculate how many of each role is required.
If you are ordering hard copies, the Teaching Negotiation Resource Center will calculate the appropriate numbers of each role to provide, based on the total number of participants. For example, if you wish to order a 2-party role simulation for use with a class of 30 students, you would enter “30” in the box next to “Quantity.” You then would receive 15 copies of one role and 15 copies of the other role, for use with your 30 participants. As another example, if you ordered 30 participant copies of a 6-party role simulation, you would receive 5 copies of each role.
In the event that the number of participant copies you order is not evenly divisible by the number of roles in the simulation, you will receive extra copies of one or more roles. Participants receiving the extra roles may partner with other participants playing the same role, thus negotiating as a team. So, for instance, if you ordered 31 copies of a 2-party role simulation, you would receive 15 copies of the first role and 16 copies of the second role. One of the participants playing the second role would partner with another participant playing that same role, and the two would negotiate as a team.