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Former Secretaries of State and Putin

Benn Craig

Analysis & Opinions

Negotiating with Vladimir Putin: Video Advice from Five Former U.S. Secretaries of State

| Mar. 25, 2022

To forge a diplomatic end to the war in Ukraine, much analysis has rightly focused on efforts to build sufficient leverage (e.g. via sanctions, military aid to Ukraine, etc.) and to design possible agreements (e.g. ceasefires, troop withdrawals, the relationship of Ukraine to NATO and the EU, the status of the Donbas and Crimea, etc.). Yet transforming leverage and deal concepts into an actual war-ending agreement requires tactical and interpersonal skill, almost certainly involving dealing with Vladimir Putin. Based on their lengthy personal negotiations with this challenging Russian leader, this video compilation delivers highly relevant insights from Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Rex Tillerson. 

News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Professors Reflect on the Life and Impact of Secretary George P. Shultz

Following the death of former Secretary of State George P. Shultz on February 6, 2021, Professors Nicholas Burns of Harvard Kennedy School, Robert Mnookin of Harvard Law School, and James Sebenius of Harvard Business School released a statement on his impact over more than two decades in government. The professors formally interviewed Shultz between 2014 and 2016 as part of Harvard’s Secretaries of State Project to gain insight into his effectiveness as the nation’s top diplomat. 

Book - Harper Collins Publishers

Kissinger the Negotiator: Lessons from Dealmaking at the Highest Level

| May 08, 2018

This book draws on the authors’ extensive interviews with Kissinger as well as careful study of his writings and those of many others, both critical and supportive. In an engaging narrative, it answers several questions that offer valuable lessons for today’s negotiators: How did Kissinger do these deals? What strategies and tactics worked and what failed? Why, how, and under what conditions? What ethical challenges does this approach present?

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Henry Kissinger: Negotiating Black Majority Rule in Southern Africa

| Dec. 09, 2016

In 1976, United States Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger conducted a series of intricate, multiparty negotiations in Southern Africa to persuade white Rhodesian leader Ian Smith to accede to black majority rule. Conducted near the end of President Gerald Ford’s term in office, against substantial U.S. domestic opposition, Kissinger’s efforts culminated in Smith’s public announcement that he would accept majority rule within two years. This set the stage for the later Lancaster House negotiations which resulted in the actual transition to black majority rule. The account in this working paper carefully describes — but does not analyze nor draw lessons from — these challenging negotiations. Forthcoming papers will provide analysis and derive general insights from Kissinger’s negotiations to end white minority rule in Rhodesia.

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Journal Article - Journal of Dispute Resolution

Discord 'Behind the Table': The Internal Conflict Among Israeli Jews Concerning the Future of Settlements in the West Bank and Gaza

| May 2005

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is deeply paradoxical: the basic outline of a deal is reasonably clear and yet this violent conflict persists with over 4,000 causalities since the collapse of the last significant effort to bring peace in 2000. The paper suggests that this paradox stems from internal conflicts on each side.

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Journal Article - Nevada Law Journal

Barriers to Progress at the Negotiation Table: Internal Conflicts among Israelis and among Palestinians

A profound paradox characterizes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: While the outline of a two-state solution that would better serve the interests of most Israelis and most Palestinians is reasonably clear, leaders of both parties are unable to reach agreement across the negotiation table this seemingly intractable, often violent, conflict persists.