Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “Potential Negotiations in the Upcoming Year” with Ambassador Thomas Pickering and more on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017


“Potential Negotiations in the Upcoming Year,” a panel discussion on negotiation opportunities and challenges ahead, will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Panelists will explore the prospects of pursuing and developing negotiations as a means of managing conflict and furthering U.S. policy goals. The discussion is a part of a conference presented by the Conflict Management Program at Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Ambassador Thomas Pickering
Vice Chairman of Hills & Company
Ambassador Princeton Lyman
Senior Adviser to the President of the U.S. Institute of Peace
Galia Golan
Darwin Professor Emerita at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Vali Nasr
Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS
 I. William Zartman
Jacob Blaustein Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Organization and Conflict Resolution at Johns Hopkins SAIS
Time and Date
11a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Monday, February 27, 2017
Johns Hopkins SAIS

Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can RSVP through the online registration form. Camera setup will only be permitted from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Media Contact
Stacy A. Anderson
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 office
202.853.7983 mobile
About the Speakers 
Ambassador Thomas Pickering is vice chairman of Hills & Company, an international consulting firm that advises U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad, particularly in emerging market economies. Pickering retired in 2006 as senior vice president of international relations for Boeing. His career spanned five decades as a U.S. diplomat, serving as Undersecretary of State for political affairs, ambassador to the United Nations, ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, Jordan and El Salvador. Pickering also served on assignments in Tanzania. He holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. Pickering held numerous other positions at the State Department, including executive secretary and special assistant to Secretary William P. Rogers and Secretary Henry Kissinger, and assistant secretary for the bureau of oceans, environmental and scientific affairs.
Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman is senior adviser to the president of the U.S. Institute of Peace. His career with the U.S. government included positions as deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, director of the State Department’s refugee bureau, U.S. ambassador to South Africa, assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs, and presidential special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan. He is a board member of the National Endowment for Democracy and the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative, and co-chair of the Carter Center’s Africa-China-United States Consultation for Peace. He has a PhD in political science from Harvard University and has published books and articles on U.S. foreign policy, African affairs, economic development, HIV/AIDS, UN reform, peacekeeping, and conflict resolution.
Galia Golan is the Darwin Professor Emerita of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she was head of the Political Science Department. More recently, Dr. Golan was Head of the Program in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. She has published 10 single-authored books – the most recent Israeli Peacemaking Since 1967: Factors for the Breakthroughs and Failures, and one co-edited volume with Walid Salem (Non-state Actors in the Middle East for Peace and Democracy). Golan has co-edited a volume soon to appear on coping with spoilers in the Israeli-Arab Conflict. She is the recipient of the Israel Political Science Association 2007 Award for Lifetime Contribution and the International Studies Association Award in Peace Studies 2016. A leading Israeli peace activist, Golan is involved in a number of Israeli and Palestinian organizations and track two ventures.
Vali Nasr is the Dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Dr. Nasr is a Middle East scholar, author, foreign policy adviser and a commentator on international relations. He is a contributing writer at The New York Times and Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Before joining Johns Hopkins SAIS, Nasr taught international politics at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. From 2009 to 2011, Nasr was Special Adviser to the President’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has been a Carnegie Scholar, a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and an adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations where he is a life member. Nasr was a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. He has authored several books on foreign policy, Iraq, and the Arab Spring. He earned a PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
I. William Zartman is the Jacob Blaustein Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Organization and Conflict Resolution and former Director of the Conflict Management and African Studies Programs at Johns Hopkins SAIS. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Processes of International Negotiation (PIN) Program at Clingendael, Netherland. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) and a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Catholic University of Louvain. He received his MA from The Johns Hopkins University in 1952, a diploma from the University of Copenhagen on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1953, and his PhD from Yale in International Relations in 1956.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For more than 70 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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