Arvid Bell is a scholar and entrepreneur who specializes in negotiation analysis, complex conflict systems, and international security.


He is Lecturer on Government at Harvard University, Program Leader of the Negotiation Task Force at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and Partner at Negotiation Design & Strategy (NDS), a U.S.-based training, advisory, and research development group that specializes in multi-stakeholder negotiations in complex environments and high-risk situations. He also serves as an expert with the Conflict Analytics Lab at Queen’s University, a research-based consortium concerned with the application of data science and machine learning to dispute resolution.


Arvid Bell’s research interests include U.S., EU, and German foreign policy, the history and politics of Afghanistan and Central Asia, complex conflict systems, negotiation analysis and strategy, emotions and human motives in international conflict, dynamic simulation design, and system effects in multi-constituency networks. He has published in International Negotiation, Negotiation Journal, and the German Peace Report and was a Co-Investigator of the Middle East and North Africa Negotiation Report, a collaborative effort of scholars and students from Harvard University, Tufts University, Brandeis University, and IDC Herzliya.


Arvid Bell has taught negotiation to audiences ranging from high school students in Massachusetts to small groups of business leaders and U.S. military officers. He has been invited to speak at conferences in the United States, Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East, testified at expert hearings at both the German and the European Parliament, and briefed NATO military personnel before their deployment to Afghanistan.


At Harvard, Arvid Bell has authored dozens of immersive simulations and case exercises that push the boundaries of traditional teaching methods towards more dynamic and realistic training environments that prepare students and practitioners for the challenges of an increasingly complex and turbulent world. In collaboration with Brian Mandell, the Director of Harvard’s Kennedy School Negotiation Project, Arvid Bell pioneered the integration of negotiation science, complexity theory, and network analysis into “Systemic Multi-Constituency Exercises” (SMCE). The SMCE prototype was featured in advanced negotiation courses and institutes at Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School, and Stanford University.


Previously, Arvid Bell was a Research Associate at Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) and a Research Fellow at the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School. He received several awards and fellowships, including a McCloy Fellowship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, a Graduate Research Fellowship from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.


Arvid Bell holds a dual degree in political science and International Affairs from Free University of Berlin and Sciences Po Paris, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, and a doctoral degree in political science from Goethe University Frankfurt.