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Doug Noll
Doug Noll is a lawyer turned peacemaker and nationally recognized professional mediator, speaker, trainer, and radio host. He has mediated over 1,500 different conflicts, ranging from a $500 million real estate partnership breakup to clergy sexual abuse cases. Doug has worked with some of the largest family businesses in California facing internal conflict. He is called to conflicts that are difficult and seemingly intractable. Based on the growing knowledge of neuropsychology, he has developed processes that help people de-escalate their feelings towards one another and move to productive and collaborative problem-solving.

His training has ranged from teaching community mediators in victim-offender mediation processes to working with professional mediators around the world in advanced peacemaking techniques.

Along with his colleague Laurel Kaufer, he has taken his peacemaking techniques into the largest women’s prison in the world where he is training life inmates to become peacemakers within the prison. For more about this project, visit Prison of Peace.

He is the author of two books and has contributed a chapter on the neuropsychology of conflict to a two volume treatise on the psychology of war and violence. His third book, Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Can Resolve World Conflicts, will be published by Prometheus in April 2011. He has written dozens of articles on mediation, restorative justice, and peacemaking that have been published across the web, in professional magazines, and in academic journals.

Doug produces and hosts The Doug Noll Show, devoted to peacemaking and conflict on Each week, his guests bring insights in personal and international peacemaking to his audience.

Doug is a core faculty member of the American Institute of Mediation, an adjunct professor of law, and is one of a handful of U.S. mediators certified under the international standards of the International Mediation Institute at The Hague. He is a distinguished fellow of both the International Academy of Mediators and the American College of Civil Trial Mediators.

Doug received his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College, his law degree from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, and his Masters degree in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies from Fresno Pacific University. He lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and in Carpinteria California with his wife Aleya. Among his many other accomplishments, he is a pilot, whitewater enthusiast, skier, fly fisher, and fiddle player.

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The Power of Peace

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 9:46 AM

A lot of people are cynical about peace. They believe that peace is weak. Peace is for the lefties. Peace is not possible against evil. Peace is an artifact of wishful thinking of the faithful. These people believe that in power there is strength. In military might, there is security....

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When Is a Deal Not a Deal: COP 17 and Climate Change

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 4:21 PM

The diplomatic community is publicly patting itself on the back for the "deal" in Durban.

"We have made history," said South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, who chaired the talks. Britain's Energy and Climate Secretary Chris Huhne said the result was "a great success for European diplomacy."


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What's Wrong With America: Ideology and Injustice Collide

(4) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 9:38 AM

First, let's consider what makes this time slightly different than previous times of unrest. The essential facts are that most Americans are suffering through the deepest economic depression since the 1930s. We barely avoided a complete economic collapse and may still see an economic collapse if the euro fails. With...

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U.S. Military Action Against Iran: Dangerous to the Future of America

(40) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 4:09 PM

Military force shouldn't be ruled out as a response to an Iranian assassination plot on U.S. soil, the top House Republican on intelligence issues said on ABC's This Week.

"I don't think you should take it off the table," said Representative Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Permanent...

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Occupy Wall St.-Capitalism Meets Distributive Justice

(3) Comments | Posted October 13, 2011 | 5:17 PM

The Occupy Wall St. protest movement is reminiscent of the social movements of the past. Beneath the headlines, however, there are deeper issues that deserve more thoughtful attention, including a consideration of the tension between distributive justice and the nature of capitalism. This tension, which is rarely, if ever, discussed,...

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The Middle East and the Debt Ceiling Conflict -- The Similarities and Challenges of Ideological Conflicts

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2011 | 2:30 PM

Those of us outside of Washington D.C. are faced with potential disaster if our elected representatives cannot compromise on debt ceiling limits. The conflict has spiraled into pure ideology. As a mediator and peacemaker, I deal with this type of conflict frequently. Anyone in my business will tell you that...

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Another International Mediation Fiasco in Libya

(3) Comments | Posted June 6, 2011 | 5:24 PM

Libya is presenting another example of an international conflict mediation fiasco. The events in Libya show how an uncoordinated, non-strategic, ad hoc approach to serious conflicts leads to the utter failure of peace.

The Libyan civil war started on February 15, 2011 as Muammar Gaddafi's security forces violently...

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Russia: Read Your Own Book Before Mediating in Libya

(1) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 11:00 AM

Last week at the G-8 summit in France, Russia agreed to mediate a ceasefire between the warring factions in Libya. The Russian government, like most governments, has limited experience in mediating international conflicts. Thus, unless it appoints experienced, professional mediators onto its mediation team, its efforts are likely to be...

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Needed: Skilled Mediator for Egypt

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 1:47 PM

Along with the announcement earlier today that Hosni Mubarak has stepped down as president (dictator) of Egypt was an announcement by Egyptian state radio that Naguib Sawiris, a wealthy and widely respected businessman, has agreed to act as a mediator between the opposition and the authorities...

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The Failure of Mediation Efforts in Lebanon and Ivory Coast

(4) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 12:42 PM

Last week, two international mediators declared impasse and walked away from the conflicts they were assigned to mediate. In Lebanon, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal attempted to mediate a serious conflict between Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al Hariri and Hezbollah. In the Ivory Coast, Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga...

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Time for a Different Way

(3) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 12:06 PM

What do the stalled Middle East peace talks and just completed climate change negotiations in Cancun have in common? Essentially, both problems are difficult and intractable conflicts that have not been resolved through diplomatic negotiation.

The private efforts of the United States in the Middle East began early in the...

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Burning Scriptures -- An Opportunity for Peace

(23) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 1:21 PM

Pastor Terry Jones is just one of a long line of protesters who have used flames to destroy symbols of meaning. By now, the world knows of his intention to burn copies of the holy scripture of Islam, the Quran with his tiny congregation in Gainesville, Florida on September 11,...

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Mediating the Upcoming Israeli-Palestinian Talks

(113) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 1:11 PM

There will be plenty of analysis on the substance of the upcoming talks at the White House between Netanyahu and Abbas. What is not being talked about is the actual process itself. A well-designed and executed mediation process will do much to help create the container necessary for the difficult...

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On Afghanistan, No Easy Way Out

(30) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 7:35 PM

There is no easy way out of Afghanistan. The problem starts with India and Pakistan and ends only if peace can be found between them.

India and Pakistan have gone to war four times. In 1947, they fought a long and intense battle over Kashmir. In 1965, they fought...

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