Humanitarian Negotiation

GHP 543 Frontline Negotiation Lab: Critical Review of the Global Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic in Conflict Environments

Since 2006, Claude Bruderlein and his team have developed an experiential field-based learning program for graduate students at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Harvard Law School. Students from other schools are welcome to apply.

Through an experiential learning approach using a digital platform to seek out a dialogue with field professionals, the Winter Study Course will examine the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic in conflict environments such as Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan. It will review the challenges and dilemmas of frontline negotiation in these contexts in a close (virtual) interaction with field practitioners in collaboration with the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN). Doing so, students will acquire a systematic methodology to engage in crisis negotiation in a proactive, critical, and practical manner. The Winter Study Course is designed for those planning to work in high-intensity environments such as the pandemic, climate crisis, natural disasters, armed conflicts and other critical situations.

Course Note: Maximum enrollment of 15 students (this course is cross-listed, HKS IGA-353M, and therefore may have limited spaces available for Harvard Chan students).

For further information on a previous edition of the course, a short documentary has been produced by the Belfer Center on the 2015 field study course focused on the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan (

For more information, interested students should contact Anaide Nahikian at