The Abraham Path Initiative is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that has worked to develop walking trails across the Middle East.
The Abraham Path Initiative aims to create hiking trails in the Middle East to encourage cultural tourism and to bring people together in “more walk, less talk”. William Ury, Chair of the Abraham Path Initiative and Senior Fellow with the Harvard Negotiation Project, envisions the trail, which follows the footsteps of Abraham/Ibrahim through the Middle East, as a way to “change the narrative about the Middle East from terrorism to tourism.”
The Abraham Path Initiative is a non-profit, non-denominational, and non-political organization that aims to be a catalyst for socioeconomic development, collaboration, story-telling, and sustainable tourism in the Middle East. By inviting people from across the globe to walk together in the cradle of civilization, the Initiative hopes to encourage cross-cultural dialogue through the sharing of knowledge, cultures, and traditions.
However, the planning required significant negotiations with four local partner organizations, each of which had their own interests at stake in the final design for the walk.
One result of these negotiations is an international negotiation simulation, the Abraham Path: A Thousand Miles on Foot. This simulation is a six-party, five-hour, multi-issue, non-scorable negotiation between the Abraham Path Initiative (API) and local counterpart organizations in the Middle East over an attempt to agree on a public 1,000 mile cross-border trail through the region.
With the spread of a global pandemic, climate crisis, and the war on terror, resolving international conflicts has become increasingly complex. Training to address these difficult global conflicts must also reflect the modern issues and dynamics that face the international community. The Teaching Negotiation Resource Center (TNRC) has several new international negotiation simulations that reflect … Read More
The Abraham Path is a cultural route tracing Abraham’s footsteps across the present-day Middle East. The path offers hikers the opportunity to engage with the peoples and landscapes of the region firsthand, and to see the region from a new perspective. The path offers an intriguing case of very challenging, long-term negotiations to establish a contiguous … Read The Abraham Path: A Thousand Miles on Foot
The Abraham Path Initiative
and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School are pleased to present:
Negotiating the Path of Abraham:
The Flip Side of the Middle East
Co-author of “Getting to Yes” and co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation
Dave Cornthwaite, Leon McCarron, Hannah Messerli,
James Sebenius, and José Filipe Torres
Saturday October 10
Milstein East B, Wasserstein Hall
Harvard Law School Campus
Free … Read More
The PON Film Series has shown nearly 50 films over the past several years at events that are open to students and the public. On December 8, the PON Film Series had a “world premiere” of several short films about the Abraham Path Initiative, a hiking trail being developed in the Middle … Read More
Seeing the Middle East in a New Way: Films from the Abraham Path
with William Ury
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall
Harvard Law School Campus
Join the Program on Negotiation for a film screening and discussion about The Abraham Path (Masar Ibrahim al Khalil), a route of cultural tourism which follows the footsteps of Abraham/Ibrahim through the … Read More
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