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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.

Malik Dahlan
Senior Mediation Fellow, Negotiation Task Force
Dr. Malik R. Dahlan is the Chaired Professor of International Law and Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London and Senior Mediation Fellow in residence with the Davis Center Negotiation Task Force (NTF). An accomplished international negotiation and mediation expert, he is the founder and principal of Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy (iQ) and a senior research fellow of the RAND Corporation. Professor Dahlan’s work with the Davis Center Negotiation Task Force focuses on building out a Mediation Support Group as well as on exploring pressing current global negotiation topics such as Jerusalem negotiations, Eurasian energy dynamics, the Belt & Road Initiative, and Investor-State mediation.

Taylor Valley
Coordinator, Negotiation Task Force
Taylor is the Coordinator of the Davis Center Negotiation Task Force and a recent 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.

Deborah Minjee Kang 
Case Writer, Negotiation Task Force
Deborah is a recent graduate from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 2018, where she received her Master’s degree in International Security Studies and Migration and Social Policy. After working for the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism as an intern, her Master’s thesis was on the nexus between identity and violent extremism in the United States.

Sahar Kazranian
Research Assistant and Project Coordinator, Jerusalem First Project
Sahar is pursuing dual degree programs at the Harvard Kennedy and Divinity schools. She is a former management consultant with experience working with clients in the finance and government sectors in the Middle East, U.K., East Africa and Southeast Asia. She has also worked in the non-profit sector as a civic engagement leader for City Year, an education social enterprise, and in the public sector as a Policy Innovation Fellow for the French government. Sahar presently runs Dubai-based Middle East Global Advisors, an intelligence platform serving emerging markets. She holds a B.A. (Hons) degree from the University of Toronto and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.

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.

John (Jack) Murphy 
Research Assistant, Negotiation Task Force
Jack is a first 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 Nehrbass joined 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 international conflict resolution, and U.S.-Russia & E.U.-Russia relations. Alex wrote his Political Science BA Honors research paper on Putin’s strategic employment of nationalism to bolster the Russian regime’s domestic and foreign policy agenda.

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.

Shivan Sarin 
Associate & Case Writer, 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.

Bernadette Stadler
Innovation Fellow, Negotiation Task Force
Bernadette is a first 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. 

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. 

Shaharyar Zia
Research Assistant, Negotiation Task Force
Shaharyar is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where he focused on Islamic intellectual and cultural history for his Master's. Before coming to Harvard, he worked in the corporate world as a Marketing Strategy Analyst after receiving a Bachelor's from IBA Karachi. Shaharyar’s research interests include the Islamic intellectual life in early modern South Asia, particularly the Dars-i Nizāmī curriculum taught in the madrasas there.

Negotiation Task Force Associates

Alexander Bollfrass
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Alex is a Davis Center and NTF Associate. A Senior Designer with the Task Force’s Red Horizon Project, he was previously a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center, specializing in nuclear weapons policy and proliferation. His research compares how well intelligence agencies perform in assessing other countries' nuclear programs. He 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 Budjeryn is a Davis Center and NTF Associate. An expert in the history of nuclear disarmament of Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, international nonproliferation, and international security, she was a post-doctoral research fellow with the International Security Program and Project on Managing the Atom and Stanton nuclear security fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center. Mariana earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary, and her B.A. in Political Science from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine. Her analytical contributions on post-Soviet disarmament and the current Ukrainian-Russian crisis have appeared in The Nonproliferation Review, World Affairs Journal, Arms Control Today, Harvard International Review, War on the Rocks, and the Wilson Center, where she is a partner in Nuclear Proliferation International History Project.

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 is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School (MPP 18) with experience working in international security cooperation and negotiation analysis.

Naz El-Khatib 
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Naz currently works at National Security Action, where he is a Policy Fellow and Advisor. 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 on the Humanitarian Access Team for Libya at Mercy Corps, based in Tunisia, where he analyzes the conflict in Libya. He is also a researcher at the Maghreb Economic Forum, where he studies de-radicalization of returning foreign fighters. Previously, he worked as Senior Analyst at BMNT partners, a civil-military relations firm based in Silicon Valley, where he focused on identifying risks faced by military personnel in conflict zones and rapidly fielding technological solutions. 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. 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.

Yuanzhuo (Yuan) Wang 
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Yuan is a Research Associate at Harvard Business School where he develops cases on leading Chinese companies or foreign entities operating in China in a variety of industries including healthcare, higher education, and others with Professor William Kirby. Prior to his work at HBS, Yuan was a senior associate at Parthenon-EY, a leading management consulting firm. Yuan was educated at Swarthmore College and graduated with high honors in economics and political science.

Former NTF Team Members

NTF Case Writers (2018-2019): Nini Arshakuni, Markian Kuzmowycz, Allie Sedgwick, Gabby Tarini, Yuriy Tokarskyy, Margot van Loon