Team

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The Negotiation Task Force unites a diverse team of scholars, students, and professionals from Harvard University and beyond to produce innovative negotiation research, analyses, and exercises.

NTF research assistants advance our research agenda through conflict analysis work. NTF case writers create scenario briefing content for our case exercises. NTF associates contribute crucial expertise to Task Force projects. NTF wargame specialists and assistants manage communication flows and computer systems during the Red Horizon exercise.

Arvid Bell
Director, Negotiation Task Force & Lecturer on Government
Arvid is the Director of the Davis Center Negotiation Task Force, Senior Designer with the Task Force’s Red Horizon Project, and Lecturer on Government at Harvard University. He specializes in negotiation analysis, complex conflicts, and international security. Arvid holds a dual degree from Free University of Berlin and Science Po Paris, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Goethe University Frankfurt.

Emmet Halm
Research Assistant, Negotiation Task Force
Emmet is an undergraduate at Harvard College studying History, with a focus on modern diplomatic history.  Emmet's main interests are the future of US-Russia relations and international negotiations. Outside the NTF, Emmet is the Director of Discussions for the Harvard Political Union, a staff writer for the Harvard Political Review, and a standup comedian.

Matthew Kokkinos
Coordinator, Negotiation Task Force
Matt is a recent graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he earned a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy and specialized in International Security Studies and Russian and Eurasian Studies. His academic interests include autonomous weapon systems, Russian-American relations, grand strategy, and cross-cultural dialogue, and he enjoys studying languages in his free time. Matt also holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Northeastern University.

Emily Malpass
Research Assistant, Negotiation Task Force
Emily is an undergraduate at Harvard College concentrating in Social Studies. Outside of the classroom, she is a member of the Harvard Varsity Sailing Team, an Associate Director of Engagement for the Harvard College Consulting Group, and an avid attendee of events at the Harvard Institute of Politics. Emily enjoys all forms of bargaining, negotiation, and game theory and spends far too much of her time discussing politics and economics.This semester, Emily is studying Human, Social, and Political Science at Jesus College, Cambridge University. 

John (Jack) Murphy 
Research Assistant, Negotiation Task Force
Jack is a second year AM student at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He was born in the US and grew up in Brussels, Dubai, and London. He graduated from Oxford University with a first-class honours degree in Arabic with Hebrew, where he wrote a dissertation comparing Arabic and Hebrew poetry pre- and post-1948. With these languages, Jack’s focus is primarily on issues related to Israel-Palestine.

Alexander Nehrbass
Research Assistant, Negotiation Task Force
Alex joined the core team at the NTF as a Research Assistant. He recently earned his B.A. from McGill University, where he studied in the Joint Honors Political Science & Philosophy program. His major areas of interest include conflict resolution, international law, political economy, and U.S.-Russia relations. At the NTF, Alex has worked on research projects investigating how negotiation network structures impact the potential for armed conflict, as well as peace. Alex also assists with coordination and outreach for a variety of NTF events, such as the program’s flagship event, Red Horizon. Alex’s current projects include coordinating negotiation exercises for GOV1199 “Post-Soviet Conflict,” as well as research and writing for a case study to be used in Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation.

Molly Richmond 
Case Writer, Negotiation Task Force
Molly is a Case Writer for the Davis Center Negotiation Task Force working on writing Western Sahara simulations. She graduated from Harvard University in 2018, where she received a degree in History and Literature, with focuses on the Middle East and migration studies. She wrote her senior thesis on refugees from the Armenian Genocide. Molly currently works as a Senior Consultant at an education company called CollegeVine, and loves cooking and being outdoors.

Helen Simpson
Research Assistant, Negotiation Task Force
Helen is an undergraduate at Harvard College concentrating in Social Studies. Previously, she was Deputy Editor of the BMB Russia newsletter, a publication of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. She has spent time abroad in Tajikistan and Moldova, where she worked for an election monitoring organization. Helen enjoys writing about Moldovan and Russian politics and is currently researching elections in the post-Soviet region.

Bernadette Stadler
Research Assistant, Negotiation Task Force
Bernadette is a second year master's student in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies at Harvard University. Her research interests include foreign influence and democratic governance in Central Asia. She previously worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where her research focused on emerging technology, strategic situational awareness, and nuclear stability. In support of this research, she helped design a series of simulations that explored how emerging technologies could impact decision making and crisis escalation. Bernadette holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University. 

Michael Wallace
Research Assistant, Negotiation Task Force
Michael is an undergraduate at Harvard College concentrating on Social Studies with a focus on the politics of ethnic conflict. His main academic interests include international climate negotiations, post-conflict societies, and American educational history. Outside the NTF, he serves on the board of Harvard Model Congress, an educational nonprofit, leads hiking trips with the Harvard Outing Club, and enjoys long runs.

Elizabeth Weinbloom
Case Writer, Negotiation Task Force
Elizabeth is a case writer with the Davis Center Negotiation Task Force, developing a simulation concerning China's Belt and Road Initiative. She is a freelance instructional designer based in Somerville, MA, as well as a theater artist, and she is pleased to be working with the NTF to create immersive, character-driven learning materials. She holds an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. from Harvard College. 

Negotiation Task Force Associates

Alexander Bollfrass
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Alex is a Davis Center and NTF Associate, for which he is the co-creator of the Red Horizon Project, and a Senior Researcher on nuclear policy at the Center for Security Studies in Switzerland. He was previously a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center, specializing in nuclear weapons policy and proliferation. Alex was a nuclear weapons policy researcher at the Washington-based Stimson Center and Arms Control Association before earning a Ph.D. in security studies from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  

Mariana Budjeryn
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Mariana is a research fellow with the Project of Managing the Atom (MTA) and International Security Program (ISP) at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Formerly, she held appointments as a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at MTA/ISP, a fellow at Harvard Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and as a visiting professor at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and Tufts University. Her forthcoming book Inheriting the Bomb: Soviet Collapse and Ukraine’s Nuclear Disarmament examines the history and politics of post-Soviet nuclear disarmament. Budjeryn’s analytical contributions have appeared in The Nonproliferation Review, Harvard International Review, World Affairs Journal, Arms Control Today, The Washington Post, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and in the publications of the Wilson Center for International Scholars where she is a Global Fellow. Budjeryn holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in International Relations at Central European University (formerly) in Budapest, Hungary, and a BA in Political Science from the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine. 

Donna Cardarelli
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Donna is the Research Programs Coordinator at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. She received her M.S. in Public Relations from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and B.A. in Russian Studies from Hamilton College. Donna speaks both Russian and Mandarin Chinese and has a strong interest in U.S.-Russian-Chinese relations.

Stephen Delaney
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Stephen is currently a consultant in Arlington, VA working in the defense and intelligence sector. Stephen received in his Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2018, where he studied negotiation analysis and international security. Stephen has experience working in defense, diplomacy, and security cooperation in the private and public sector, as well as at the international level.

Naz El-Khatib 
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Naz currently works at National Security Action, where he is Associate Director of Policy. Naz is a graduate of Stanford Law School and the University of Cambridge, where he earned his M.Phil. in International Relations and Politics. His dissertation analyzed China's contemporary foreign policy strategy through the prism of the Belt and Road Initiative. He has additional experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

James Evans
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
James is the Publications Coordinator at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, and an A.M. Candidate in Harvard's Regional Studies East Asia's program. His research focuses on China's government and foreign policy, particularly Beijing's relations with Eastern Europe and the European Union through the Belt-Road Initiative. Prior to Harvard, James read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford and Chinese Language at Beijing Language and Culture University.

Claire Fisher 
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Claire is an Operations Research/Systems Analyst in the Strategic Wargaming Division, Center for Army Analysis, G-8, Department of the Army. Claire's current role is supporting and leading strategic and operational wargames and related analyses to support the Army staff, Army Service Component Commands, and Combatant Commands to inform Joint, combined, and interagency senior-level guidance, planning, and decisions. She holds Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from La Salle University and a Master of Arts in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia from Harvard University.

Monica Giannone 
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Monica is a trainer, consultant, and mediator specializing in negotiation, coalition management, and multi-stakeholder disputes. Monica runs the Harvard Kennedy School Negotiation Project (KSNP), a project of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. Monica’s current areas of work focus on civil disagreement within the United States, overcoming partisan divide in U.S. legislatures, value-based conflict, gender and negotiation, and US-Russia relations. Monica holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Roland Gillah 
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Roland is a conflict analyst at Mercy Corps' Humanitarian Access Team. In his current assignment, he works in the Democratic Republic of Congo countering disinformation related to the Ebola response. In his prior assignment he supported direct negotiations with rival tribes and armed groups in Libya to ensure the safe arrival of humanitarian aid to conflict areas. He is a researcher at the Maghreb Economic Forum in Tunisia, where he studies de-radicalization of returning foreign fighters. Previously, he worked as an Analyst at BMNT partners and Hacking For Defense, a civil-military relations initiative working on emerging technology based in Silicon Valley. Roland is a graduate of Tufts University, where he studied International Relations, French, and Arabic.

Eva Kahan
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Eva is an associate with the Davis Center Negotiation Task Force and currently lives in Cairo as a Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) fellow. Eva recently graduated from Tufts University with a BA in History and International Relations with concentrations in the Middle East. She spent a year studying in Jordan, where she conducted field research towards her senior thesis on Jordanian civil-military relations and veteran political engagement. Eva previously conducted research with the Harvard Middle East Exercise and the US Department of Defense, and taught a course at Tufts on strategic thinking and wargames.

Linas Kojala
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Linas is the Director of the Eastern Europe Studies Center, one of the leading think-tanks in the Baltic states, as well as a Lecturer and PhD candidate at Vilnius University. This year, Linas started as a Baltic Sea Fellow at Foreign Policy Research Institute. In 2017-2018, we was a Fulbright Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. His role with the Negotiation Task Force is focused on the evaluation of global developments from NATO's perspective. Kojala's hobbies include soccer and classical music.

Tom O’Bryan
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Tom O’Bryan is an expert in peacebuilding, conflict mediation, and human rights. Tom works for the British Government as a Conflict Adviser, currently serving in the British Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, and holds a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He was previously a political adviser with the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has also worked on peace and conflict issues in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Western Sahara. Tom has published articles on fragility and conflict with outlets including Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs and testified before parliamentary committees in the UK and France.

Shivan Sarin 
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Shivan is an Associate with the Davis Center Negotiation Task Force. As lawyer and policy analyst, Shivan has written extensively on international negotiation and foreign policy issues. Shivan is also an Associate Director at Social Finance where he works on creating innovative solutions to improve social outcomes. Shivan has previously held positions at Ropes & Gray, the RAND Corporation, and The Energy & Resources Institute. Shivan holds a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.

Taylor Valley
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Taylor is a PhD student in Political Science at Northeastern University and graduate from Harvard University in 2018, where she received her Master's degree in Russian, Eastern European & Central Asian Studies. Taylor has a strong interest in international affairs and wrote her Master's thesis on the topic of Russia's contemporary relations with Latin American countries.