On Wednesday, January 30, Michael D. Watkins, associate professor of management at the Harvard Business School and an authority on coalition building, will discuss the challenges of building and sustaining a coalition to fight terrorism. The brown-bag lunch, sponsored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, will begin at noon in the John Chipman Gray Room in Pound Hall.

Watkins is the co-author of the newly published book Breakthrough International Negotiation: How Negotiators Transformed the World ‘s Toughest Post Cold-War Conflicts. The book outlines and illustrates a seven-principle framework for international negotiations, a key to the current and future battle against terrorism and peacemaking efforts in the Middle and Near East. The book is the first title in a new series on conflict resolution published by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and Jossey-Bass.

Watkins, a member of the core faculty of the interdisciplinary Program on Negotiation, teaches a second-year elective course at Harvard Business School on corporate diplomacy that explores how senior executives manage external relations with other business leaders, government officials, boards of directors, shareholders, analysts, and the media. Prior to joining the business school faculty, Watkins was associate professor of public policy at the Kennedy School of Government, where he taught negotiation and did research on international diplomacy and the management of organizational transformation. In addition to Breakthrough International Negotiation, Watkins is the coauthor of Winning the Influence Game: What Every Business Leader Should Know About Government and Right from the Start: Taking Charge in a New Leadership Role.

On Monday, January 28, at 7 p.m., Watkins and Susan Rosegrant, the book ‘s co-author, will be the guests of honor at a meet the authors reception and book signing at the Harvard Cooperative Society store in Harvard Square. Both the book signing and the brown-bag lunch are free and open to the public.

The Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation was founded in 1983 to design, implement, and evaluate better dispute resolution practices; to promote collaboration and communication among practitioners and scholars; to develop educational programs and materials for instruction in negotiation and dispute resolution; and to increase public awareness and understanding of successful conflict resolution efforts.

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