Future of Diplomacy Project Selects Diplomatic and Negotiation Practitioners as Senior Fellows

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: (617) 495-1115
Date: December 04, 2012

Cambridge MA -- The Future of Diplomacy Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University has appointed former US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Senior Lecturer Brian Mandell as Senior Fellows. They join author and Washington Postopinion writer David Ignatius, who has been a non-resident Senior Fellow with the Project since September 2012. All three fellows will actively contribute to the work of the Project by facilitating seminars and negotiation simulations with HKS degree students over the spring semester 2013.

Brian S. Mandell is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and director of the HKS Negotiation Project. He is also chair of the Wexner-Israel and Kokkalis Fellowship programs at the School. His current teaching and research address the theory and practice of negotiation, emphasizing third-party facilitation and consensus building in domestic and international protracted policy disputes. Previously, he served as a strategic analyst for the Canadian Department of National Defense, specializing in UN peacekeeping and the implementation of arms control agreements.

Cameron Munter served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for nearly three decades before his retirement in 2012. He was the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan from 2010-12, guiding U.S.-Pakistani relations through a period of severe crisis (including the operation against Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad). Previously, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Serbia between 2007-09, during which time he negotiated Serbia domestic consensus for European integration while managing the Kosovo independence crisis. He also served twice in Iraq, leading the first Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mosul in 2006 and then as Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad in 2010. Previous overseas postings included Deputy Chief of Mission in Poland and in the Czech Republic. Ambassador Munter will join the faculty of Pomona College in Claremont, California as visiting professor of international relations in January 2013. He is currently visiting professor at Columbia University School of Law in New York. Munter will be a non-resident fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project.

David Ignatius, writes a twice-a-week foreign affairs column and contributes to the PostPartisan blog for the Washington Post.He joined the Postin 1986 as editor of its Sunday Outlook section. In 1990 he became foreign editor, and in 1993, assistant managing editor for business news. He began writing his column in 1998 and continued even during a three-year stint as executive editor of the International Herald Tribune in Paris. Earlier in his career, Ignatius was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal,covering at various times the steel industry, the Justice Department, the CIA, the Senate, the Middle East and the State Department. Ignatius has also written eight spy novels including “Bloodmoney” (2011), “The Increment” (2009), and “Body of Lies ” (2007), which was made into a 2008 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. He previously served as a Fisher Family Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project in 2010 and was an adjunct lecturer at HKS during the 2011-12 academic year.

Led by R. Nicholas Burns(Director) and Cathryn Clüver (Excutive Director), the Future of Diplomacy Project, part of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, is dedicated to promoting the study and understanding of diplomacy, negotiation and statecraft in international politics today. The Project aims to build Harvard Kennedy School’s ability to teach in this area, to support research in modern diplomatic practice and to build public understanding of diplomacy’s indispensible role in an increasingly complex and globalized world.

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