PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program 2018

  Bipartisan solutions start with engagement in productive conversations, aiming to understand each other’s priorities and a willingness to find common ground. With this in mind, Partnership for a Secure America is excited to kick off its third round of the PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program, integrating new methods, case studies, and simulations into the curriculum designed […]

PSA-Harvard Complete the 2015/2016 Program

Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation (PON) completed the second negotiation training series for foreign policy and national security staff on Capitol Hill. Through lectures and workshops, instructors from PON and PSA worked to train more effective negotiators on Capitol Hill. The program was launched in 2014 with […]

Participant Presentation Night

June 13— In the final session of the PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program, Robert Bordone, Director of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinic, reviewed the skills and steps discussed throughout the program and participants presented their final projects to the class. Throughout the program, participants have been working together in small groups made up of House and Senate staffers from both […]

Richard Nephew with PON

Richard Nephew Discusses the Iran Nuclear Agreement

On May 19, Richard Nephew, lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating with Iran, met with participants in the PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program and alumni and current participants of the Congressional Partnership Program, where he discussed applying the tools and techniques of negotiation to reach a deal. In this off-the-record dinner, Nephew discussed his role […]

Mandell leading negotiations

Brian Mandell Leads PSA-Harvard Negotiation Event

On April 25th, Dr. Brian Mandell returned to the PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program to continue his discussion of negotiation skills. Mandell focused on active listening and emphasized the new school approach to negotiations. The session consisted of a presentation on negotiation skills and best practices, and also highlighted negotiation mistakes. After the lecture, participants broke into […]

Jonathan Burks and John Righter discuss the Murray-Ryan Budget Deal

On March 10, Mr. Jonathan Burks, National Security Advisor to the Speaker of the House, and Mr. John Rigther, Deputy Staff Director, Senate Committee on Health, Education, and Labor (HELP), Minority Staff, met with participants in the PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program to discuss negotiating the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. In this off-the-record dinner, Burks and […]

Brian Mandell teaches staffers

Mandell Speaks at PSA-Harvard Negotiation Event

On the evening of February 1 participants in the Harvard PON-PSA Negotiation Program convened to hear from Dr. Brian Mandell, Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Negotiation Project. Dr. Mandell focused his presentation on small group negotiation dynamics and the process of developing a “negotiation note card.” After Mandell’s lecture, program participants negotiated through another […]

Sebenius Speaks at PSA-Harvard Evening Event

November 9, 2015 Professor James Sebenius joined PSA to expand on principles and concepts of negotiation that David Lax outlined in the day-long refresher session in October. James K. Sebenius specializes in analyzing and advising on complex negotiations. He holds the Gordon Donaldson Professorship of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Formerly on the faculty […]

PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program Kicks Off with Sunday Refresher

On Sunday, October 18 participants in the 2015/2016 PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program convened for a day-long refresher course administered by Prof. David Lax, Distinguished Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project and Managing Principal of consulting firm Lax Sebenius LLC. The session provided refresher training to those staffers who participated in last year’s program and served as […]