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 AUNP, please email

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President: Kendaal Straley

Director of Operations: Zachary Libow

Director of Marketing: Jaime Vazquez

Director of Financial Operations: Sita Kouhi

Executive Secretary: Natasha Boychenko

Directors of Simulation Development: Sacha Brenac and Juyeon Cha

Undersecretary of Undergraduate Outreach: Joanne Manuel



November 17, 2016 – Who Owns the Sea? The South China Sea Conflict

AUNP recently hosted a negotiation simulation of the South China Sea Conflict. During the event, over 20 participants represented randomly selected ASEAN nations and honed their negotiation skills as they navigated the complex path toward a solution to this stalemated conflict. Participants let the simulation with a better understanding of the many hurdles facing a sustainable solution and important steps in the negotiation process.


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.