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.

Bell was appointed to the inaugural cohort of Davis Center Scholar-Entrepreneurs, outstanding scholars and innovators who pursue pioneering research agendas, build new institutions, mentor students, and bring regional studies closer to practice. An expert in negotiation and crisis management simulation design, he has launched a new generation of immersive case exercises used internationally to train decision-makers in academia, government, and the private sector. Bell is also a member of the Executive Board of the Arms Control Negotiation Academy (ACONA), a Fellow with the Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy (iQ), and a Fellow with the Conflict Analytics Lab at Queen’s University.

He holds a Franco-German dual master’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs from the Free University of Berlin and Sciences Po Paris, a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and a doctoral degree in Political Science from 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.
  • 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.