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Claude Bruderlein

Adjunct Lecturer on Global Health, HSPH


The challenges confronting public policy professionals in this exceptional period call for renewed abilities to engage effectively across professional cultures, political inclinations and ideologies. Those on the frontlines of negotiation must establish a dialogue to address global problems from the pandemic, climate change, migration pressure, and protracted armed conflicts that affect millions of people every day. The main objective of the course, offered virtually, is to expose students to negotiation practices in crisis situations where the level of distrust and, at times, hostility between the parties require specific tools and methods to establish and maintain a minimum of a dialogue, particularly for the purpose of protecting the most vulnerable and ensuring the provision of food, water, shelter, and other essential items. The course is offered in a close collaboration with the Centre of Competence and Humanitarian Negotiation and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Through this collaboration, students will engage virtually with frontline humanitarian negotiators from UN and other international agencies operating in crises around the globe. Taking advantage of the digital platform on which the course will be given in the fall 2020, this course will create a safe space to review and discuss current challenges and dilemmas with stakeholders of ongoing negotiation processes and examine practical tools and methods to overcome these challenges. Students will be encouraged to develop their own critical thinking about these issues and to test their negotiation skills in simulations and other practical exercises.

To learn more about the course and meet Prof. Bruderlein, please watch this video: https://vimeo.com/439793164/c697feae9f

Course open by permission of the instructor.  Interested students should submit an online application here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdaoQMoLb-NGWwa2A_XvPAm3Qj6EEf2JxM0ckfYhnnKThcc3g/viewform  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis in August. Successful applicants will be interviewed to join the class.

Also offered by the School of Public Health as GHP-243. If you have any questions about the course or the application please e-mail Maura James (maura_james@hks.harvard.edu) .