Humanitarian Negotiation

GHP 543 Frontline Negotiation Lab: Assessing the Humanitarian Response to the Ukraine Crisis in Europe

The purpose of the Frontline Negotiation Lab is to build the capacity of graduate students to navigate complex political crises in uncertain times, to develop a strategic vision on how to respond to humanitarian emergencies, and to plan a negotiation process in adversarial conditions. Emphasizing the direct engagement with relevant stakeholders, the course will examine a specific context to further a critical reflection on the design of a humanitarian response, set the basis of a professional dialogue with field practitioners, and to shed light on negotiation practices in a complex environment.

Since 2006, Claude Bruderlein and his team have developed an experiential learning program for graduate students at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard Law School, as well as other schools within the Harvard network. The Winter Field Study Courses have explored humanitarian negotiations in various contexts such as Indonesia, Nepal, Lebanon, Jordan, India, Moldova, Israel and the Palestinian Territory, as well as the Balkans. The courses have covered numerous issues from refugees and irregular migration, human trafficking, humanitarian access, engagement with armed groups, the breakdown of health care systems, gender-based violence and global vaccination campaigns. The 2023 edition of the Frontline Negotiation Lab  in Eastern Europe is organized in collaboration with the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN),  a strategic partnership between the international Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the World Food Program (WFP), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Médecins-Sans-Frontières (MSF).

The 2023 edition of the course is will focus on the design of the humanitarian response to the crisis in Ukraine and its implication on irregular migration in Europe. It is planned to take place onsite in Eastern Europe from 4 – 20 January 2023, pending COVID-19 travel requirements and applicable Harvard travel policies in January 2023.

GHP 543 Applications are due Thursday, September 29 at 11:59pm ET.

Course Note: Cross-listed course: HKS IGA-353M, and therefore may have limited spaces available for Harvard Chan students.

For more information, interested students should contact the course coordinator, Maura James.