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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. 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.

This one-week intensive on-campus course is designed for those planning to work in high-intensity environments such as pandemics, climate crises, natural disasters, armed conflicts and other critical situations. This is a demanding course for highly motivated and committed students. Student selection takes place through an application process.

Please note, IGA-353M meets from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM over five consecutive days in the J-term (January 13 – 17, 2025.) 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.