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AU Negotiation Project

The American University Negotiation Project (AUNP) is a forum for those interested in practicing and improving their negotiation skills. AUNP hosts skills workshops, simulations and other events throughout the semester centered on these building and refining these techniques. AUNP also prioritizes hosting guest speakers to enhance our simulations and provide valuable background information for each specific topic. The goal in each simulation we run is to provide participants with a place to develop and enhance their understanding of negotiation theories through practice. The simulations cover diverse topics and formats, such as bilateral, multi-party and mediated-style negotiations. The negotiations apply to a diverse array of settings such as international relations, business, public policy, non-profits and law. Each simulation is unique and previous knowledge is never necessary for participants. During the simulation and the subsequent debrief, members will gain valuable insight into their own inter-personal negotiation abilities and develop a better understanding of the challenges conflicting parties and/or mediators face. To contact us, please email

AUNP Board for the 2016-2017 Academic Year:

President: Kaleigh Thomas

Secretary: Jessica Himelfarb

Director of Operations: Kirti Kler

Director of Finance: Emmanuel Davalillo

Director of Marketing: Terrance Stevenson 

Director of Simulation Development: Belinda Peter

Executive Secretary: Jessica Himelfarb

Undergraduate Representative: TBD

Check out our most recent event!

November 11, 2015 - The European Refugee Crisis

Civil war in Syria, the near collapse of government in Libya and Iraq, the crushing repression of the Eritrean people, the rise of the Islamic State group – it is clear that instability is rampant throughout the Middle East and North Africa forcing millions to flee. Europe is facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II, with more than 500,000 refugees and migrants making the dangerous journey into EU borders this year alone. Join AUNP and take on the role of a foreign dignitary from one of six critical nations or as a member of the UNHCR as we recreate the real-world discussions taking place in Europe today. Can a sustainable solution be found? Or will infighting and apathy undermine consensus? With extremist threats growing both at home and abroad, each move you make could leave a lasting mark on history.

From the Classroom to the Workforce

group of SIS alumni pose with Professor Anthony Wanis-St John

LINC Negotiation Architects, a DC based partnership that provided negotiation training on issues related to international conflict, leveraged a passion for negotiation into a sustainable business model capable of spreading its message about the importance of skilled negotiators in understanding and resolving conflict.

SIS alumni Julie Szegda (IPCR), Nicole Finnemann (IPCR), Maureen O’Brien (IPCR), Shezaad Dastoor (IPCR), and Chris Argyris (IP) formed LINC after having success with the American University Negotiation Project (AUNP), a graduate student organization they created to provide a forum for people interested in practicing their negotiation skills. Although they have moved on, AUNP continues to draw audiences from the AU community.

It all started when five graduate students enrolled in SIS Professor Anthony Wanis-St John’s IPCR course on International Negotiation. These fresh first semester graduate students were inspired by Dr. Wanis-St John’s innovative teaching style, which brought together both theory and practice through custom made negotiations simulations. Seeing the need for more opportunities to simulate conflict situations, LINC was formed to with the purpose of researching and developing new and innovative simulations, each crafted to reflect the intricate dynamics of some of today’s most complicated conflicts.

LINC’s clients have included the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Education and Training Program, Kids for Peace, the Korean Economic Institute (KEI), UPeace/US, AU Washington Semester, and the Peacebuilding and Development Institute (PDI). They have also facilitated a simulation at the UN Millennium Plaza and the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations for the conference "Moving Forward: A Renewed Approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Forum" in early April of 2009.