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Talking toward peace

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The possibilities and the limits of negotiation in the post-Sept. 11 world will be examined by two of the world’s best-known negotiation scholars, Law School (HLS) professors Robert H. Mnookin and Roger Fisher. On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the two will discuss “Afghanistan: Negotiating in the Face of Terrorism.” The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Program on Negotiation (PON) at HLS, the event will take place in Austin Hall North at 7 p.m.

“We hope to welcome as many people as possible to this event, which helps showcase the outstanding contribution the faculty of PON has made to the field of conflict resolution,” said Susan Hackley, managing director of the Program on Negotiation. Hackley said she anticipates a lively, informative discussion of the many complex issues surrounding the question of how and whether to negotiate in a context of terrorism.

Fisher is the co-author of the world’s top-selling negotiation book, “Getting to YES,” and founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project, now one of the component research projects within the Program on Negotiation. Mnookin, co-author of the recently published “Beyond Winning,” serves as chair of the steering committee of the Program on Negotiation and is director of the Harvard Negotiation Research Project, also a component research project of the Program on Negotiation.

The discussion will be moderated by Lawrence E. Susskind, a professor of urban and environmental planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). Like Mnookin and Fisher, Susskind is an integral member of the Program on Negotiation faculty.

The Program on Negotiation is the oldest and largest university-based negotiation research center in the United States. Based at Harvard Law School, PON is an interdisciplinary consortium of faculty and graduate students from Harvard, M.I.T., Tufts University, the Simmons Graduate School of Management, and other Boston-area schools.

For more information about the Nov. 13 program, visit the Program on Negotiation’s Web site ( or call (617) 495-1684.