This course takes a leadership perspective on negotiation. It recognises that, in the complex realities of fragile and conflict-prone contexts, negotiations between even “private” parties cannot be divorced from the difficult socio-political environments in which they unfold.
Combining exploration of barriers to conflict resolution with strategic approaches to overcoming these, the course provides students a conceptual and practical understanding of their potential to lead interest-based problem-solving in ways that reduce destructive conflict and increase collaborative potential between individuals and organisations. The course priorities rigorous inquiry over categorical answers for unpredictable and rapidly changing environments.
Brian Ganson is Professor at University of Stellenbosch. He holds a Juris Doctorate fromHarvard Law School. He is a globally recognized expert on socio-political risk management, conflict prevention and collaboration, and third party roles in post-conflict and other complex environments. His publications integrate academic and field perspectives to provide practice- and policy-relevant insight. In his professional practice, he is recognized in international peacebuilding and mediation circles as both a thought leader and a practitioner.
He advises policy- and decision-makers at the highest levels of companies, governments, international organisations, and civil society on complex conflict dynamics, helping to assess and improve organizational systems and processes for socio-political risk identification, conflict prevention, and dispute resolution. His work is rooted in deep commitment to human rights, peaceful development, and collaborative problem solving.