Archive | August, 2011

Renowned Professional Mediator Releases New Book Advising Leaders How to Mediate Peace in Areas of Conflict Worldwide and Domestically

20 Aug

Douglas E. Noll’s new book Elusive Peace-How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts offers timely advice and strategies to the U.S. leaders, diplomats and politicians involved in areas of conflict to reduce human tragedy, suffering, starvation, and innocent citizens displaced from homes as they flee war zones. “That is why I wrote the book. There is another way to end long- term human suffering. Although the mediation process to negotiate peace is not simple or quick, it is the place to begin as a quantum leap for humanitarian efforts,” Noll emphasizes.
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By using an outdated negotiation model, the U.S. risks economic peril, and becomes party to and a part of the conflict. Fresno, CA (PRWEB) August 11, 2011

Professional Mediator, keynote speaker, radio host, and author of newly released Elusive Peace-How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts, Douglas E. No


Just posted my show notes from my interview with Luke Wilcox about his peacebuilding work in Iraq.

19 Aug

Just posted my show notes from my interview with Luke Wilcox about his peacebuilding work in Iraq.

Reconciliation in Iraq

19 Aug

In last night’s edition of The Doug Noll Show my guest was a young peace builder Luke Wilcox of the American and Iraqi Reconciliation Project based in Minneapolis MN. My show notes are posted and the audio archive ought to be up later today. It was a great show about the reality of everyday Iraqi life that the media has ignored.

Sanctions Don’t Work in Collegiate Football

18 Aug

The news in sports today is that the NCAA is thinking about a fundamental restructuring  of college athletics after allegations surfaced that University of Miami football players received all kinds of benefits, including drugs and prostitutes, from a high roller convicted of securities fraud. This follows in the wake of similar scandals at Southern California, Ohio State, Auburn, Oregon, Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and LSU, all of whom  have been investigated or sanctioned by the NCAA in the past 18 months.
As it turns out, I and my colleague, Dr. John Boogaert, were commissioned to study the problem of big time athletics at Fresno State University several years ago. We prepared an extensive report. This report analyzes why college athletics gets off track so easily and is so corruptible. The fixes, just like any conflict, seem simple, but are very difficult to implement. Keeping corruption out of college sports when there is so much money involved and success is equated to winning is almost impossible.

We see the same dynamics in corrupt regimes at the international level as well. When Hamid Karzai accepts suitcases of US dollars from Iran as a bribe, he is not much different fundamentally from an athlete accepting bribes from a booster. Of course, in international affairs, if you are not cheating your are not trying hard enough. I suppose the same could be said for big time collegiate athletics.

What we do know is that coercion does not work. Schools like USC get sanctioned, have bowl titles taken away, and lose scholarships. They “suffer” ignominy for a few years, but when the punishment passes, the game begins anew. Mid-tier schools like Fresno State maintain relatively clean football programs, but the premier high school players are not attracted to “clean” programs. They are attracted to the glitz and fame of big time programs. Thus, USC’s recruiting and fund raising efforts are not much damaged, and the lesser schools struggle to survive.  So, as in international affairs, punishing bad actors does not fundamentally change behavior in the NCAA. The solutions, which we outline in our report, are more subtle and nuanced. We don’t pretend to think that our answers will solve the problem, but transparency first and foremost, will help.

Doug Noll Radio Show Tonight 7pm Interviews Luke Wilcox and Discusses U.S. involvement in Iraq

18 Aug

Tonight Doug interviews Luke Wilcox, a peacemaker, and communications director of the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project. Luke spent time in Iraq recently and will report his findings on peace negotiations, progress, and Iraqi’s view of America’s continued presence and involvement in the region. Wilcox was a Katherine Davis Fellow for Peace in 2010. Doug Noll, author of Elusive Peace-How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts, is a dedicated peacemaker, and professional mediator recently included in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediators. Visit

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10 Aug

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