New York, NY (PRWEB) July 20, 2011
Lawyer turned peacemaker and professional mediator Douglas Noll author of the new book ‘Elusive Peace-How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts’ announces his formula for peace negotiations for the US involvement in Libya and adds an urgent message. “The blueprint I’ve created and explained in Elusive Peace must be used now. The US has been spending $100 million a month since February supporting NATO war efforts with little progress towards ousting Gadhafi, nor stabilizing the region,” Noll says, explaining why NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen now says that it is time to find a political solution on the Libyan issue.
“The US is war weary after spending trillions of dollars in areas of unrest. War and violence has failed once again to produce the desired outcome. While my formula for mediation should have been used as the first step to resolve the conflict, the powers involved in peace negotiation appear ready to search for a different approach as they realize the outdated, expensive, and intrusive military methods are not effectively meeting goals,” Noll explains.
“While the US has a history of trying to influence change with expensive military force and exercises, it is increasingly clear that this country cannot handle the financial burden, and in light of the reality that these tactics are not successful nor sustainable for meeting the goals of peace and stability,” Noll warns.
Mediation is the core of a twenty-first-century approach to international negotiation. “We have the science, the communication tools, and the knowledge to create sustainable peace solutions. Today’s leaders must add an entirely new set of skills and knowledge to their repertoire when negotiating peace. The timing is critical, as the need for mediation in the Arab world has never been greater,” Noll says, who has spent years researching the science of bringing conflicted groups together.
Elusive Peace offers groundbreaking strategies for solutions to the growing areas of conflict throughout the world. Noll was recently selected from a worldwide search as one of 194 mediators to be included in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation.
After a successful 22 year trial career, Doug decided that litigation was a wasteful way to resolve conflicts, and earned his Masters Degree in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies. Since then, he has dedicated his life to mediation and peacemaking. Today, Doug is a nationally recognized mediator, trainer, and speaker. He has hosted a weekly radio show dedicated to giving a voice to international peacemakers for over five years. His current pro bono project is training murderers committed to life sentences in the largest women’s prison in the world to become peacemakers and mediators (go to http://www.prisonofpeace.org for more information this project).
Professionally, Doug is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and on the American Arbitration Association panel of mediators and arbitrators. Doug was one of the first U.S. mediators certified under the international mediator standards established by the International Mediation Institute based in The Hague, Netherlands.
He is an author of the books Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts (Prometheus, in press for release Spring 2011), Sex, Politics & Religion at the Office: The New Competitive Advantage (Auberry Press 2006), with John Boogaert, and Peacemaking: Practicing at the Intersection of Law and Human Conflict (Cascadia Publishing House 2002), and numerous chapters and articles on peacemaking, restorative justice, conflict resolution and mediation. He is a sought after mediator trainer, lecturer, speaker, and continuing education teacher. Doug has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News & World Report and is a Northern California Super Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has mediated over 1,500 conflicts, including business disputes, clergy sexual abuse cases, victim-offender criminal cases, and large litigated cases. His particular interest is in deep, intractable conflicts where emotions are running high.
As he became interested in international mediation efforts Noll observed that international mediators, for the most part, were inexperienced in the science and art of mediation. Their rookie mistakes were making things worse, often leading to genocide or further war. Unfortunately, political leaders, diplomats, special envoys, and retired generals are often appointed to a job for which they are not trained nor have sufficient aptitude. Elusive Peace shows why we can no longer afford to allow political, diplomatic, and military leaders mediate peace accords. They simply don’t know what they are doing. For more information visit http://www.elusivepeace.com. For media inquiries contact Diane Dennis, Inspired Media Communications at 503-678-1356.