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What is Negotiation Inside and Outside of The United Nations?

Negotiations take place both within the United Nations and between the United Nations and other parties, but there are similarities.

There are 193 member states represented in the United Nations. When a large number of parties is involved in jointly hammering out a deal or dispute, agreement can be elusive. Sometimes the question of how to negotiate can be more hotly debated than the issues that come up during the negotiation itself.

Who should be involved in making key decisions?

Should the negotiation process be public or private?

How can parties ensure that all involved feel they’ve had a voice?

The member states of the United Nations faced these each of these questions when they chose a new secretary general in 2016. In the past, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council—Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States—have conducted secretive negotiations among themselves to choose the world’s top civil servant.

That tradition was challenged by a coalition of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), calling the negotiation process for the United Nations secretary general “significantly outdated,” saying that it “falls short of modern recruitment practices for high-level international appointments” in addition to failing to live up to the U.N.’s own “standards and ideals.”

Alternatively, some negotiations between the United Nations and other parties (even member states) are more suited for small groups. For example, the meeting of the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) and Iran in January 2016 to discuss Iran’s nuclear ambitions led eventually to the Iran Nuclear Deal.

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Learn from the Best with the Great Negotiator Case Studies

Posted by Lara SanPietro & filed under Teaching Negotiation.

No one can provide perspective on conflict resolution like experts who have been involved in some of the world’s most complex negotiations. Since 2001, the Program on Negotiation (PON) has bestowed the Great Negotiator Award upon distinguished leaders whose lifelong accomplishments in the fields of negotiation and dispute resolution have had compelling and lasting results. The Great … Read More 

Negotiation and Dispute Resolution – Online

Posted by PON Staff & filed under PON Semester Programs, PON Seminars.

This virtual and highly interactive semester-length seminar explores the ways that people negotiate to create value and resolve disputes. Designed to improve understanding of negotiation theory and build negotiation skills, the curriculum integrates negotiation research from several academic fields with experiential learning exercises. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all sessions will be delivered live … Read More 

Great Women Leaders Negotiate

Posted by Katie Shonk & filed under Leadership Skills.

Great women leaders are no different than great male leaders—except that they may have faced more discrimination, lower expectations, and stronger resistance along the way. When women in leadership succeed, they often do so by cultivating successful negotiating skills. Here, we examine strategies that three top women in negotiation employed to become great women leaders. … Read More 

Dealing with Difficult People? Negotiation Lessons from Ronald Reagan

Posted by Katie Shonk & filed under Conflict Resolution.

In recent months, U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders have struggled to find a winning strategy to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to back away from his aggressions toward Ukraine. In a Wall Street Journal editorial, Ken Adelman, U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s ambassador to the United Nations and arms-control director, writes that recently … Read More 

What is Anchoring in Negotiation?

Posted by Katie Shonk & filed under Negotiation Skills.

Consider this anchoring bias example from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School faculty member Guhan Subramanian. While running a negotiation simulation in one of his classes, Subramanian noticed that one student spent a considerable amount of time explaining why $10.69 per hour would be an impossible wage rate to offer the student’s counterpart. The … Read More 

Negotiation in International Relations: Finding Common Ground

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Negotiation Skills.

When thinking of negotiation in international relations, it’s difficult to think of any negotiation with higher stakes than those surrounding nuclear nonproliferation. Often conducted amid international conflict and public scrutiny, complicated by language and cultural barriers, and carried out under tight deadlines, talks aimed at ensuring that nuclear technology is used peacefully and that disarmament … Read More 

Negotiation in the News: Last Negotiating Moves From A Never-Boring President

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Crisis Negotiations.

Whether they love him or hate him, one thing negotiation analysts and practitioners should be able to agree on is that outgoing U.S. president Donald Trump has provided fascinating negotiations to examine and learn from over the past four years. His dealmaking both at home and abroad has been marked by impulsive, sometimes head- scratching decisions; … Read More 

Diplomacy Examples in the Covid-19 Era

Posted by Katie Shonk & filed under International Negotiation.

In 2020, grounded by the Covid-19 pandemic, international diplomats accustomed to traveling from capital to capital found themselves stuck in a never-ending stream of videoconferences. To take a number of diplomacy examples, the G7, the G20, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank all met online, reduced to tiny faces on a screen. The … Read More 

How to Solve Intercultural Conflict

Posted by Katie Shonk & filed under International Negotiation.

The question of how to solve intercultural conflict is one of the most difficult ones facing negotiators. Misunderstandings and disputes caused by cultural differences can further complicate already challenging negotiations, whether you are doing business at home, abroad, or online. The following guidelines can help us achieve better results in cross-cultural communication and negotiation. 1. Jump-Start … Read More 

New Simulation on Science Diplomacy

Posted by Lara SanPietro & filed under Teaching Negotiation.

Teach Your Students to Incorporate Scientific Findings into International Policy Decisions Science diplomacy elevates the role of science and technology in addressing global challenges. While science diplomacy has a long history of bringing nations together through sharing technological innovations, it has becoming increasingly important in the face of global pandemic, and as climate change and environmental … Read More 

A Global Leadership Vacuum During the Covid-19 Crisis

Posted by Katie Shonk & filed under Leadership Skills.

As the coronavirus outbreak in China exploded into an international pandemic, nations have largely struggled to confront Covid-19 in isolation rather than teaming up on global solutions. That “go it alone” approach has bred dysfunctional competition for scarce resources, a shortage of creative solutions, and enormous inefficiencies. Greater collaboration and coordination are needed to improve … Read More 

Negotiation in the News: The best—and worst—of distance negotiations

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Negotiation Skills.

Unable to meet in person as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, negotiators are forced to make the best of alternatives to face-to-face talks—with varied results. Here’s a roundup of some of the most notable negotiation successes and failures from the recent news. Droning on and on? As we reported in last month’s issue, dealmakers who are … Read More 

Macron tries to strong-arm a peace deal

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Dealing with Difficult People.

If you’ve ever tried to play peacemaker between sworn enemies and failed, you might sympathize with the difficulties French president Emmanuel Macron had trying to engineer a face-to-face meeting between U.S. president Donald Trump and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City this past September. After Trump pulled … Read More 

Hello from the other side

Posted by PON Staff & filed under International Negotiation.

What should you do when negotiations have ended in rancor, and you and your counterpart aren’t even talking to each other? In July 2018, North Korean soldiers based at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea apparently decided to pick up the phone. When it rang in the U.S. base on the other side … Read More 

Global Impact Negotiation Simulation

Posted by Lara SanPietro & filed under Teaching Negotiation.

International law and diplomacy is a rapidly evolving field that depends on the brokering of agreements between nations and other stakeholders. Whether there are language barriers, cultural differences, or both, some of the most challenging negotiations involve parties from different nations. Because of the relative lack of clear legal precedents and the difficulties of enforcement, … Read More 

Setting the right table

Posted by PON Staff & filed under International Negotiation.

On March 8, U.S. president Donald Trump shocked even his own White House staff when he revealed that he had accepted an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. After months of name-calling and threats between Trump and Kim, the news that the two leaders would be discussing the possibility of North Korea dismantling … Read More 

Deal Design: Strategies for Complex Dealmaking

Posted by Katie Shonk & filed under Dealmaking.

As experienced negotiators well know, the more parties involved in a negotiation, the more difficult it often is to come to agreement, due in part to the logistical challenge of making sure each voice is heard. Yet multiparty negotiation offers considerable benefits. Most notably more opportunities for making tradeoffs and creating value in negotiation than … Read More 

Learn from the Best with the Great Negotiator

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Negotiation Skills.

No one can provide perspective on conflict resolution like experts who have been involved in some of the world’s most complex negotiations. Since 2001, the Program on Negotiation (PON) has bestowed the Great Negotiator Award upon distinguished leaders whose lifelong accomplishments in the fields of negotiation and dispute resolution have had compelling and lasting results. The Great … Read More 

Bringing a Multiparty Agreement Back from the Brink

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Business Negotiations.

In December 2015 in Paris, delegates from 195 nations celebrated reaching agreement on a landmark global climate accord. But a year and a half later, the future of the accord sank into doubt when American president Donald Trump revealed he was withdrawing the United States from the pact. With the move, the U.S. government joined … Read More 

Announcing the 2017-2018 PON Graduate Research Fellows

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, Graduate Research Fellowships, PON Graduate Research Fellowships, Students.

The Program on Negotiation Graduate Research Fellowships are designed to encourage young scholars from the social sciences and professional disciplines to pursue theoretical, empirical, and/or applied research in negotiation and dispute resolution. Consistent with PON’s goal of fostering the development of the next generation of scholars, this program provides support for one year of dissertation … Read More 

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Posted by PON Staff & filed under International Negotiation.

In negotiation, it’s nice to get the deal right the first time. But if carefully laid plans fall apart, you may still be able to recover. That’s what the government of Colombia and the rebel group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or the FARC, did after their peace agreement was narrowly defeated in a national … Read More 

Great Negotiators vs. Great Negotiations: The Program on Negotiation’s Great Negotiator Teaching Series

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Negotiation Skills.

Teaching negotiation using case studies focused on the efforts of great negotiators can help achieve several pedagogical goals at the same time. Developed by Professor James Sebenius of Harvard Business School, the Program on Negotiation’s Great Negotiator case study series, available from the PON Clearinghouse, highlights the lessons learned by each recipient of PON’s Great … Read More 

Diplomatic Negotiations to Build a Winning Coalition to Negotiate with Iran

Posted by PON Staff & filed under International Negotiation.

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany were able to arrive at a negotiated agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran to curtail its nuclear weapons development program. Read this article to find out what diplomatic negotiation strategies were employed by the representatives from the bargaining countries and how they impacted … Read More 

Hoping for an Uncontroversial Negotiation? Consider the Optics

Posted by PON Staff & filed under International Negotiation.

January 16, 2016, was a memorable day in U.S.-Iranian relations. That day, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran was in compliance with the terms of the nuclear agreement it reached in mid-2015 with the United States, which represented Russia, China, France, Germany, and Great Britain in the talks. The news prompted the United … Read More 

Case Study: Teaching with a Powerful Negotiated Agreement

Posted by Lara SanPietro & filed under Teaching Negotiation.

What do a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, the CEO of an international financial advisory firm, and the former United States ambassador to the United Nations have in common? They’ve all received the Great Negotiator Award. Every year, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School bestows this prestigious honor on distinguished leaders whose lifelong accomplishments in … Read More 

Engineering Breakthroughs When Trust is Low

Posted by PON Staff & filed under International Negotiation.

The Obama administration capitalized on its recent nuclear deal with Iran to secure the release of Americans imprisoned in the Middle Eastern nation. In recent years, the United States has urged Iran to release a number of Americans, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who had been seized and imprisoned on what the U.S. government called … Read More 

Modest Goals Gave Hope to Syria Peace talks

Posted by Katie Shonk & filed under International Negotiation.

In international negotiations and other complex multiparty negotiations, should you set ambitious goals right from the start or begin with more modest ones? Aiming high can lead to dramatic payoffs if you succeed, but the difficulty of orchestrating complicated international negotiations can increase the risk of impasse. By contrast, starting with more modest goals may suggest … Read More 

New Strategies for Your Multiparty Negotiation Toolkit

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Dealmaking.

“Confessionals.” “Informal informals.” “Indabas.” Delegates from the 196 nations participating in the U.N. Climate Change Conference, held in Paris at the end of 2015, cycled through an eclectic variety of negotiating formats in their race to make binding commitments to lower greenhouse-gas emissions. According to media reports, the participants’ willingness to shake up the complex … Read More 

Forging a Global Agreement on Climate Change

Posted by Katie Shonk & filed under Business Negotiations.

The ambitious goal of the professional negotiators who participated in the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in a Paris suburb from November 30 through December 11, 2015, was to reach enforceable commitments from nations around the world to lower their greenhouse-gas emissions to levels that could ward off environmental disasters. At the Paris climate … Read More 

In Business Negotiations, Set the Stage for Success

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Business Negotiations.

In negotiation, it’s said, preparation is key. Without careful research and logistical planning, we may be left trying to skate by on wits and charm alone—and in today’s business world, they will seldom carry us far. Advance work is especially critical when you expect your talks to be complex, involving numerous issues, multiple parties, and plenty … Read More 

Identity, Culture and Conflict Resolution

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, Events.

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is pleased to host the New England Association for Conflict Resolution 2015 Fall Program: Identity, Culture and Conflict Resolution   Wednesday, October 21, 2015 UPDATED Schedule Registration –  6:30 – 7:15 pm NE-ACR Fall Program – 7:15 pm to 9:20 pm Location:   Austin Hall North, Harvard Law School Free and open to the public.

Pre-registration encouraged, … Read More 

Madeleine Albright’s Ways to Avoid Conflict In Negotiation: First, Put Yourself In Their Shoes

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Conflict Resolution.

When parties can trade on their preferences across different issues, they reduce the need to haggle over price and percentages. But are there ways to avoid conflict in other types of negotiation? To find ways to avoid conflict, especially deep-seated conflicts, and reach agreement with adversaries, former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright advises close observation … Read More 

Announcing the 2015 PON Summer Fellows

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, Students, Summer Fellowship Grants.

About the PON Summer Fellowship Program: PON offers fellowship grants to students at Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University and other Boston-area schools who are doing internships or undertaking summer research projects in negotiation and dispute resolution in partnership with public, non-profit or academic organizations. The Summer Fellowship Program’s emphasis is on advancing the links between scholarship … Read More 

New Findings in the Field of Negotiation: Session Two

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, Events.

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is pleased to present: New Findings in the Field of Negotiation: Research from the PON Graduate Research Fellows with

Arvid Bell PhD Candidate in political science at Goethe University Frankfurt and

Dana Wolf PhD candidate in public international law at American University Washington College of Law and

Todd Schenk PhD candidate in environmental policy and planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology   Tuesday, … Read More 

Analyzing the Name Dispute between the Republic of Macedonia and Greece: Twenty Years after the Interim Agreement

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, Events.

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is proud to present Analyzing the Name Dispute between the Republic of Macedonia and Greece: Twenty Years after the Interim Agreement  with

Mr. Matthew Nimetz Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and

Dr. Daniel Serwer Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and

Mr. Boshko Stankovski

Graduate Research Fellow, Program … Read More 

Reflections of a Mediator: Preventive Diplomacy in an Age of Conflict

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, Events.

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is pleased to present: Reflections of a Mediator: Preventive Diplomacy in an Age of Conflict with

Dr. Johnston Barkat Assistant Secretary-General United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services  

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 12:15 – 1:30PM Pound Hall 100 Harvard Law School campus Free and open to the public.  A non-pizza lunch will be provided.   About the Speaker: Dr. Johnston Barkat is the Assistant Secretary-General heading … Read More 

Student Opportunity: Harvard International Negotiation Crisis Simulation

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, Events.

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, the Gleitsman Program for Leadership on Social Change at the Center for Public Leadership, the Harvard Kennedy School Negotiation Project, and the Belfer Center’s Future of Diplomacy Project are pleased to announce: Registration Is Now Open for the 1st Annual Harvard International Negotiation Crisis Simulation

  Application: Undergraduates, graduates, and PhD students from … Read More 

Getting past “You go first”

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Win-Win Negotiations.

In our easiest professional negotiations, we have ample resources to divide among us, and everyone involved expects to benefit in both the short term and the long term from a deal. Unfortunately, there are also times when reaching common ground would require significant sacrifices from everyone involved. The temptation in such situations is to stonewall … Read More 

In International Negotiations, Memories of “Mr. Yes”

Posted by Katie Shonk & filed under International Negotiation.

On July 7, Eduard Shevardnadze, foreign minister to Mikhail Gorbachev and a driving force behind the perestroika era in Russia, died in his native Georgia at the age of 86. In June 1985, Shevardnadze—then a lifelong Communist official with no diplomatic experience—was reportedly taken aback when his old friend Gorbachev asked him to take charge of … Read More 

Dear Negotiation Coach Dealmaking after handshaking

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Dealmaking.

Q: I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of nonverbal behavior in negotiation. Shaking hands seems like such a natural way to begin a negotiation, but does it signal too much eagerness to reach agreement? A: In 2013, U.S. president Barack Obama and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani planned a historic encounter at the United Nations General … Read More 

Bringing Congress back to the negotiating table

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Dealmaking.

“I’ve always had a Republican partner, every time,” says former Democratic senator Chris Dodd, speaking of his legislative victories during his 30 years of service. Members of Congress do not always need bipartisan support to push through their legislative agendas, yet some of the most significant initiatives passed by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives … Read More 

Program on Negotiation to honor Ambassador Tommy Koh as 2014 Great Negotiator

Posted by PON Staff & filed under International Negotiation.

Join us for a conversation with Ambassador Tommy Koh of Singapore, the recipient of the 2014 Great Negotiator Award. This public program will feature panel discussions with Ambassador Koh and faculty from the Program on Negotiation and the Future of Diplomacy Project. The award recognizes Ambassador Koh for his work as chief negotiator for the … Read More 

Negotiators: Prepare to go with the flow

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Negotiation Skills.

The deal started with an offhand remark at a news conference. In September, as President Barack Obama threatened U.S. military action against Syria, a reporter asked U.S. secretary of state John Kerry if there were any way an attack could be avoided. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad “could turn over every single bit of his chemical … Read More 

Announcing the 2013-2014 PON Graduate Research Fellows

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, Graduate Research Fellowships, PON Graduate Research Fellowships, Students.

The Program on Negotiation Graduate Research Fellowships are designed to encourage young scholars from the social sciences and professional disciplines to pursue theoretical, empirical, and/or applied research in negotiation and dispute resolution. Consistent with the PON goal of fostering the development of the next generation of scholars, this program provides support for one year of … Read More 

Negotiations by Other Means: Track II, Unilateral Action, Robust Third Party Role and Islands of Coordination in the New Middle East

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Events, International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiatives.

As direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations appear to have ground to an indefinite halt, attention has shifted to other, less conventional methods for achieving mutually desirable outcomes for the two peoples. Tonight’s panelists will discuss the potential of alternatives including Track II diplomacy, isolated areas of coordination, a pro-active role of the third party and even … Read More 

A Peacekeeper Abandons Negotiations in Syria

Posted by PON Staff & filed under International Negotiation.

On August 2, Kofi Annan announced he was resigning as the special peace envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League. reports Rick Gladstone in the New York Times. Since February, the former Nobel Peace Prize winner and former U.N. Secretary General has attempted to negotiate a resolution of the Syrian conflict. The peaceful … Read More 

Yemeni Activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman to speak at Harvard

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Conflict Resolution, Events, Middle East Negotiation Initiatives, Student Events, Students.

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, in partnership with The Center for Public Leadership and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School

invites the public to an address by

Tawakkol Karman Nobel Peace Prize Co-recipient, 2011 Yemeni Political Activist and Journalist

When: Thursday, June 7, 2012

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Institute of Politics Forum, Harvard Kennedy School Free and open … Read More 

Too Many Parties at the Table? Try a Side Deal

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Conflict Resolution.

When a large number of parties is involved in jointly hammering out a deal or dispute, agreement can be elusive, as illustrated by the failure of recent global climate change negotiations. The difficulty of coordinating a wide range of perspectives and interests often results in delays, disagreement, and impasse. In the article, “Too Big to Succeed? … Read More 

2012 Great Negotiator Award event will honor former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III on March 29th

Posted by PON Staff & filed under International Negotiation, News.

The Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School and the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) will jointly honor former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III with the 2012 Great Negotiator Award on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School. The Great Negotiator Award … Read More 

Russia’s Leadership Challenges in the 21st Century

Posted by PON Staff & filed under International Negotiation, The Kelman Seminar.

Russia’s Leadership Challenges in the 21st Century with Kevin Ryan Executive Director for Research Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Kennedy School of Government and Simon Saradzhyan Fellow Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Kennedy School of Government   Date: Monday, March 26, 2012 Time: 4:00-6:00 PM Where: CGIS South S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street Contact Chair: Donna Hicks (dhicks@wcfia.harvard.edu)  

Speaker Bios Brigadier General Kevin Ryan (U.S. Army retired) is Executive Director … Read More 

Former Ambassador Holbrooke recalled details of a tough negotiation

Posted by PON Staff & filed under International Negotiation.

Former Ambassador Richard Holbrooke was awarded the Program on Negotiation’s Great Negotiator Award in 2004. In remarks given during the award ceremony, he shared his recollections of an “incredibly intense” Christmas Eve negotiation in 1999. The United States owed the United Nations almost 1.5 billion dollars. The UN was about to take away the right … Read More 

Announcing the 2011 PON Summer Fellows

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, Students, Summer Fellowship Grants.

About the PON Summer Fellowship Program: PON offers fellowship grants to students at Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University and other Boston-area schools who are doing internships or undertaking summer research projects in negotiation and dispute resolution in partnership with public, non-profit or academic organizations. The Summer Fellowship Program’s emphasis is on advancing the links between … Read More 

Announcing the 2011-2012 PON Graduate Research Fellows

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, Graduate Research Fellowships, PON Graduate Research Fellowships, Students.

The Program on Negotiation Graduate Research Fellowships are designed to encourage young scholars from the social sciences and professional disciplines to pursue theoretical, empirical, and/or applied research in negotiation and dispute resolution. Consistent with the PON goal of fostering the development of the next generation of scholars, this program provides support for one year of … Read More 

Exhaust the Limits: The Life and Times of a Global Peacemaker

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, Events, International Negotiation, Student Events, Students.

Exhaust the Limits: The Life and Times of a Global Peacemaker

with Charles F. “Chic” Dambach President & CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Date: May 16, 2011

Time: 12:00PM to 1:30PM Where: Hauser Hall, Room 102, Harvard Law School Campus Chic Dambach will discuss his new memoir, Exhaust the Limits: The Life and Times of a Global … Read More 

Budrus

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, Events, International Negotiation, Negotiation and Nonviolent Action, PON Film Series, Student Events, Students.

Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organizer, unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis to save his village from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Victory seems improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known movement … Read More 

New PON Teaching Materials About the Work of Martti Ahtisaari, 2010 Great Negotiator Award Recipient

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, International Negotiation, Negotiation Skills, Pedagogy at PON.

The Program on Negotiation’s 2010 Great Negotiator Award was given to former Finnish President, Martti Ahtisaari, for his many significant achievements in the fields of negotiation and diplomacy. He was central to the Namibian independence negotiations in the late 1980s. He also served as chief United Nations negotiator to Kosovo from 2005-2006, and was instrumental … Read More 

Fredrik Stanton to Discuss His Book “Great Negotiations: Agreements that Changed the Modern World”

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, Events, International Negotiation.

“Great Negotiations: Agreements that Changed the Modern World”

with Fredrik Stanton “Words as much as weapons, shape history. Whether to avert, assist, or secure the resolution of a conflict, in the modern age, diplomacy has had great triumphs and bitter failures.” Date: October 13, 2010

Time: 12:00PM to 1:00PM Where: Pound Hall, Room 332, Harvard Law School Campus Bring your lunch. … Read More 

Former President Martti Ahtisaari honored with Great Negotiator Award!

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, Events, International Negotiation.

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School Will Honor Former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari with the 2010 Great Negotiator Award Co-sponsored with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Great Negotiator Event Offers Real-World Negotiation Discussion to All Students For Immediate Release CAMBRIDGE, MA (September 21,  2010) The Program on Negotiation … Read More 

The 2010 Great Negotiator

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, Events, News.

On September 27, 2010, Nobel Peace Prize recipient (2008) and former President of Finland (1994-2000) Martti Ahtisaari will be honored with the 2010 Great Negotiator Award by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the Future of Diplomacy Project. Martti Ahtisaari will participate in a faculty led discussion in Spangler Auditorium at Harvard … Read More 

Afghanistan: How to end the violent conflict and promote reconciliation

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, International Negotiation.

“Afghanistan: How to end violent conflict and promote reconciliation.”

with Ambassador Peter Galbraith Date: April 13, 2010

Time: 4-6 PM Where: CGIS Building, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, 1737 Cambridge Street, Room N-262, Cambridge MA Contact Chair: Donna Hicks (dhicks@wcfia.harvard.edu). Speaker Bios

Peter W. Galbraith has served in senior positions in the US Government and the United Nations. Most recently, he was Deputy … Read More 

Negotiating the Toughest Challenges in U.S.-Muslim Relations: From Peace in the Middle East to Talks with the Taliban

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Daily, Events.

Join the Program on Negotiation for a discussion on major challenges facing the U.S. as it tries to improve relations with key Muslim countries embroiled in regional conflicts. Key questions include whether and how to negotiate with armed non-state groups, how to engage effectively with fractious and failing governments, and how to manage influential constituencies … Read More 

Brahimi Receives 2002 Great Negotiator Award

Posted by PON Staff & filed under Negotiation Skills.

Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi (middle) with James Sebenius (left) and Jeswald Salacuse at Harvard Business School on October 2, 2002

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2002 Great Negotiator Award is Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy to Afghanistan. Ambassador Brahimi is a … Read More