Arvid Bell


Director, Negotiation Task Force
Lecturer on Government, Harvard University


Arvid Bell is a scholar and entrepreneur who specializes in complex conflict analysis, negotiation strategy, and international security. He is Lecturer on Government at Harvard University, Director of the Negotiation Task Force at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and Partner at Negotiation Design & Strategy (NDS), a training, advisory, and research development group. An expert in negotiation and crisis management simulation design, Bell has launched a new generation of immersive case exercises used internationally to train decision-makers in academia, government, and the private sector.

U.S., EU, and German foreign policy; Afghanistan; Central Asia; complex conflict systems; negotiation analysis and strategy; dynamic simulation design
Current Project
Davis Center Negotiation Task Force
Foreign Language


Ph.D. (Dr. Phil.)
, Political Science
, Goethe University Frankfurt
Selected Publications

Bell, Arvid and Taylor Valley (2020): The Art of Negotiation Exercise Design: Five Basic Principles to Produce Powerful Learning Experiences, Negotiation Journal, 36 (1), pp. 57-72.

Bell, Arvid, and Tom O’Bryan (2019). “A Puzzle Too Complex? James Baker’s Mediation Mission in Western Sahara, 1997-2004.” HKS Case 2158.0, Harvard Kennedy School Case Program.

Bell, Arvid and Brian Mandell (2018). "Cognitive Maelstroms, Nested Negotiation Networks, and Cascading Decision Effects: Modeling and Teaching Negotiation Complexity with Systemic Multi-Constituency Exercises," Negotiation Journal, 34 (1), pp. 37-67.

Eileen Babbitt, Arvid Bell, Alain Lempereur, Brian Mandell, and Dana Wolf (2017). The MENA Negotiation Report: Negotiating Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa. A System Analysis after the Arab Spring, the Iran Nuclear Deal, and the Rise of ISIS, Harvard Kennedy School Negotiation Project, Cambridge, MA.

Bell, Arvid (2015). Afghanistan and Central Asia in 2015. An Overview of Actors, Interests, and Relationships, PRIF Reports, No. 132 (2015), Frankfurt, ISBN 978-3-942532-87-7.

Bell, Arvid (2014). "The Roadblock of Contested Recognition: Identity-based Justice Claims as an Obstacle to Peace Negotiations in Afghanistan," International Negotiation, 19 (3), pp. 518-542.