About Us

The Abraham Path Initiative (API) is a nonprofit organization established to develop walking trails for tourists to learn about and enjoy the peoples and cultures of Southwest Asia (the Middle East).

Dr. William Ury - Founder Emeritus
Anisa Mehdi - President and Executive Director

Our Story

Since 2007, API has worked with local partners create over 2000 miles of scenic trails in Turkey, Jordan, Palestine, Sinai, and Iraq, providing economic benefits to local communities and opportunities for walkers to have positive intercultural encounters.

This learning platform is part of our overall online presence, the purpose of which is to engage and grow community; to bring people together to learn about and experience the beautiful cultures and peoples of the Middle East.  

Meet Our Lead Instructors

Learn directly from subject matter experts on the topics they know best.

Dr. Josh Weiss

Dr. Josh Weiss is a negotiation expert and  co-founded a negotiation program at Harvard University. He is a founding member of API and Board Chair

Jessica Menasce

Jessica is a lecturer at the PATHWAYS Institute for Negotiation Education in Haifa, and has hiked hundreds of miles on the Abraham Path.

Maxwell Bevilacqua

Max is a negotiation evangelist; he’s trained Fortune 100 Executives and Navy SEAL’s, and believes negotiation training is vital to be more effective.

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What Our Training Participants Have to Say

“Dr. Weiss provided the Microsoft International Standards team with expertise and insights that were immediately relevant to our work. We are engaged in complex, multi-party negotiations on a daily basis--the framework and case studies presented in the training were excellent. Dr. Weiss gave us a common vocabulary as a team, and the tools we need to apply the training directly to our active negotiations.”
Jason Matusow
GM International Standards Group, Microsoft
“I have used Dr. Joshua Weiss to provide Negotiation or Conflict Management Skills training to two different clients. Both times the sessions were excellent, and the participants’ evaluations were almost a perfect 5 out of 5. He is very good about customizing his materials to make them applicable to the client’s situation and offers follow-up to participants who want to contact him by e-mail. I’m looking forward to working with him in the future.”
Betty R. Kuhnert, Ph.D, MBA
Independent Consultant
As a corporate real estate development professional with over 20 years of experience and more than a few negotiation courses under my belt...I especially enjoy [Josh's] dedication to the art and [his] mastery of the techniques concerning various facets of negotiating. I see it as an extremely valuable asset and feel it should be required listening for anyone involved in business today.”
Anthony Ozelis
Director of Real Estate, Little Caesar's Pizza
[Josh's] real-world knowledge of negotiation combined with his study of the best methods allows him to customize his lectures and responses to the needs of those in the class. What I really like about his teaching method is that he teaches principles that can be used in almost any situation. I highly recommend him to anyone interested in learning about negotiation.”
Mitch Glanz
Leadership Coach, Leadership and Insights
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