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The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution presents:

Negotiating with Vladimir Putin

A virtual discussion with:

Bruce Allyn
Senior Fellow, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School


Wednesday, May 19, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, ET (U.S. and Canada)

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This session will be recorded. Pending approval, we will post the recorded webinar on this page after the session.


About the event:

Bruce Allyn applies insight from the fields of negotiation and mediation to define practical steps that both US and Russian sides can take today to realize both individual and shared interests in a relationship that has descended into bitter enmity.  We will look at how to “zoom out” to big-picture strategy—realizing what is at stake—and how to “zoom in” to Vladimir Putin the negotiator: his formative years, his heroes, his psychology, his intentions and current aspirations.  Allyn will examine practical steps to break the cycle of offense and revenge that has characterized U.S.-Russian relations over the past three decades since the exhilarating days when the Berlin Wall came down and the old Cold War ended. Allyn will suggest how both sides can “go to the balcony” and see what creative options exist today that might elude them in the heat of battle, referencing work laid out in a recent Foreign policy article, What Biden and Putin Can Agree On.

About the Speaker:

Bruce Allyn is a senior fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project 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).

He 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.

About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series: 

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Boston area members of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The seminar considers ways to strengthen the capacity to prevent, resolve, and transform ethnonational conflicts.