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KINT 5000 - Humanitarian Diplomacy and Negotiation

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Humanitarian actors negotiate or mediate daily to protect the lives affected by nature- or human-made disasters. They seek the license to operate to get access to the most vulnerable, assess, and provide for, their needs. In that respect, they engage the relevant stakeholders at all levels; they strive to persuade them to trigger humanitarian impulse and take action. They stay engaged to alleviate suffering as long as necessary. This humanitarian diplomacy and negotiation class builds on the Diplomacy and Negotiation methods course. It analyzes 150 years of humanitarian negotiators' contribution; it explores real-life cases involving organizations like ICRC, MSF, NRC, OCHA, or WFP; and it provides an inquiry-based framework to support field practice. Additional requested information: this class pursues a double objective: to engage negotiation theories to take humanitarian practices and its specific aspects seriously, and to provide practitioners with relevant and adjusted negotiation theories and tools.


  • KOGAN, Eugène B. (Director, Harvard Kennedy School)
  • LEMPEREUR, Alain (Research professor, Brandeis University)

Pedagogical format

In order to make this training workshop as interactive as possible, simulations and role-playing are used and discussed. Participants are asked to describe good practices. They are also provided with techniques for humanitarian negotiations, for their preparations, actions, and reviews.

Course validation

10% Class Participation. 10% Group Assignment 1. 30% Group Assignment 2. 10% Group Assignment 3. 40% Individual Assignment 1.


Participants in the class will also be exposed to case studies, exercises and video excerpts that they will be asked to review and analyze. Additional requested information: 3 to 4 hours.

Required reading

  • Junod, M. (1982) Warrior without Weapons. Geneva, Switzerland: ICRC
  • Magone, C., Neuman, M. & Weissman, F. (ed.) (2011). Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed. The MSF Experience. New York, NY: Columbia University Press
  • Mancini-Griffoli, D. & Picot, A. (2004). Humanitarian Negotiation. A Handbook for Securing Access, Assistance and Protection for Civilians in Armed Conflict, Hd (Center for Humanitarian Dialogue): Geneva

Additional required reading

  • Mnookin, Robert. Bargaining with the Devil. NY: Simon and Schuster, 2010.
  • Mnookin, Robert; Peppet, Scott and Tulumello, Andrew. Beyond Winning. Negotiating to create value in deals and disputes. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.
  • Schelling, Thomas, Arms and Influence. New York: Praeger, 1966.