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Claude Bruderlein


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, social and climate emergencies, and to plan a negotiation process in adversarial conditions. Emphasizing the direct engagement with practitioners, this course examines a series of contexts to further a critical reflection on the design of a negotiation process on the frontline, set the basis of a professional dialogue with field practitioners, and to shed light on negotiation practices in a complex environment.

Through an experiential learning approach, the course will present a systematic methodology to engage in complex negotiations in a proactive and practical manner. It will offer a set of tools and methods to plan complex negotiation as well as facilitate learning through student’s engagement with seasoned practitioners working in these environments. It will complement existing courses on public policy and leadership for those planning to work in high-intensity situations such as the current pandemic, social and political crises, climate shocks, natural disasters, armed conflicts and other critical situations.

To apply, students should follow this link. Applications to the Frontline Negotiation Lab are reviewed on an ongoing basis. If you have any questions please contact Claude Bruderlein, Faculty Instructor, at

Also offered by the School of Public Health as GHP 543, this jointly offered course is hosted by another Harvard school and, accordingly, students must adhere to the academic and attendance policies of that school.