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Why is peace so difficult to achieve in the modern world? Each week, Doug brings on guests from around the world to talk about their work and practice. Be inspired and informed by some of the most innovative peacemakers of our time.

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03 Egyptian Protests: Mubarak and Obama Robert Naiman

2/3/2011
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For The Peacemakers Bookshelf, Doug reviews Sam Harriss new book, The Moral Landscape, pointing out the intriguing implications for peacemakers and mediators.The Obama administration was caught flat-footed and made some embarrassing and foolish early statements. However the administration caught up quickly and its current position is that Mubarak should step down to allow for a fully participatory Democratic government. The Obama administration is working behind the scenes in Egypt to to...

02 Arab Politics: The Beginning in Tunisia Robert Naiman

2/3/2011
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Robert tells us that political upheaveal is always unpredictable. In this case, the people have become angered at the culture of corruption that has permeated governments in the Middle East. Poverty, humiliation, the ability of communication through the new social media, and the effect of the media company Al Jazeera all contributed to the overthrow of the Tunisian dictatorship. The fall of Tunisia sent a signal to everyone the Middle East that they did not have to tolerate their despotic...

01 Egyptian Protests: The Background Story Robert Naiman

2/3/2011
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Longtime Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh yesterday followed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in responding to street protests by pledging not to seek reelection. The day before, Jordanian King Abdullah sacked his prime minister following demonstrations and promised genuine political reform. Last month, a revolt in Tunisia forced President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali into exile. What seems to be happening is the beginning of a series of velvet revolutions in the Arab world much like what...

04 Peace Education: Teaching Peace in Conflict Zones-Cheryl Duckworth

1/27/2011
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Cheryl talks about the dramatic effects of peace education in conflict zones. In one case,a Montessori school was able to mitigate a local Hindu-Muslim conflict in India through peaceeducation. In other contexts and in other countries, peace education has built a base for civilsociety to emerge from dictatorships. Peace education pushes beyond rote memorization ofideology and forces students to think about and critique past assumptions around governance,human rights, and freedom. We comment...

03 Peace Education: Teaching Global Citizenship-Cheryl Duckworth

1/27/2011
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Cheryl says that teaching global citizenship as a part of peace education gives studentsa broader, more inclusive perspective of their world. In an age of globalization and virtual, freecommunication with anyone, anywhere, students must develop a larger sense of who they arethan offered by traditional civics classes. While this is threatening to some, becoming a globalcitizen will be essential to being a competitive worker in the decades ahead. Not teaching globalcitizenship is tantamount to...

02 Peace Education: Teaching to the Student, Not the System-Cheryl Duckworh

1/27/2011
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Cheryl tells us that peace education differs from conventional education in its approach toteaching and in the contexts in which teaching occurs. In peace education, teachers are modelingand teaching high levels of emotional intelligence, strong conflict resolution skills, criticalthinking about conflict issues, and creative expression of thought. Peace education is as mucha philosophy as it is substantive knowledge. Peace educators will focus on student-centeredengaged learning. Class work...

01 Peace Education: The Journey of a Peace Educator-Cheryl Duckworth

1/27/2011
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On this edition of The Doug Noll Show I talk about the practice of peace education withCheryl Duckworth, assistant professor of Conflict Resolution at Nova Southeastern University.A peace-building program leader and conflict resolution policy analyst, she has served suchorganizations as the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, the Center for International Educationand InterAction. She has lived in Zimbabwe and Paraguay, and her policy work has focused onpeace education and peace economics....

04 Peacemaking: Where is Organized Religion?-J.Kim Wright

1/20/2011
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Kim and I talk about her new book, Lawyers as Peacemakers, Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law. The book is a compendium of essays and ideas to help lawyers become peacemakers, healers, and problem solvers. A caller asks: "Where are the organized religions in peacemaking?" Kim and I agree that this is a subject that could entail many hours of conversation. Kim tells us that spirituality, not religion, is driving the movement of lawyers as peacemakers. I comment that many organized...

03 Peacemaking: The Skills of the Lawyer-Peacemaker-J. Kim Wright

1/20/2011
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Kim and I talk about the interesting dilemma that when people are in peace they resonate with the idea of lawyers as peacemakers, but when they are in conflict, they are only interested in hiring the meanest junkyard lawyer they can find. We talk about the fact that high conflict cases are the best ones for peacemaking, healing, and problem-solving. We talk about the skills of the lawyer as peacemaker, which are not taught in law school. Most lawyers as peacemakers learn their skills on...

02 Lawyers as Peacemakers: Restoring Humanity to the Law-J.Kim Wright

1/20/2011
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Kim tells us that the essence of this new movement is restoring human connections and repairing the social fabric caused by conflict. The focus is on people, not rules. It is holistic, not particular. We talk about what caused the spontaneous emergence of the movement. Kim tells us that the movement gained coherence as like-minded lawyers began to meet, compare notes, and share experiences of their experiments in holistic practice. I comment that I believed the movement emerged from its...

01 Lawyers as Peacemakers: The New Movement-J. Kim Wright

1/20/2011
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This edition of The Doug Noll Show is about lawyers turned peacemakers and my guest is my esteemed colleague and leader in the field, J. Kim Wright. Kim wears a lot of hats, among them: lawyer, author, editor, public relations advocate, coach, consultant, teacher, and trainer.A graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, she has been licensed as a lawyer since 1989. She has been licensed in North Carolina since 1994. Kim is a leader of a movement in law that is focused on...

04 Iraq and Afghanistan: Progess in Peace is Possible-Maria Jessop

1/13/2011
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Maria has been spending time in Iraq over the past three years working with the civil society. She tells us that the US commitment is important if for no other reason than it has a certain responsibility to assure internal stability. US interests are intricately intertwined with the rest of the world and, therefore, whatever can be done to stabilize Iraq is ultimately in the US best interests. Having said that, the cost is high, and the expense must be weighed carefully against the benefits....

03 Peace Building: The Barriers to the Work of Peace-Maria Jessop

1/13/2011
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We talk about the barriers to peace building, and I ask Maria if her gender, nationality, and employer affect the way that she is able to work. She says that sometimes her male co-trainers are given more deference, but that is usually a cultural artifact. Sometimes her nationality as an American trumps her gender such that people will give her deference despite being a woman. In Iraq, for example, most people are able to distinguish between individuals and their governments. Thus being an...

02 Building a Civil Society: Working in Conflict Zones-Maria Jessop

1/13/2011
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Maria and I talk about the differences between working in conflict zones and working in other types of mediations. Maria says that the cultural differences are, of course, obvious. Preparation is important, and the peace builder must conceptualize his or her approach to find out what will resonate with the people. One must constantly check one's assumptions about meanings, beliefs, and values so as to not offend and be relevant to the people you're working with. We talk about the power of an...

01 Peace Building: A Multi-Cultural Upbringing Leads to a Career in Peace-M

1/13/2011
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Peace building is the process of teaching people how to make peace. On this edition of The Doug Noll Show, we will learn more about what peace building is about from one of its foremost practitioners.Maria Jessop is a senior program officer at the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace. Maria joined USIP in late 2007 and specializes in facilitated dialogue approaches to resolving intergroup conflict, fostering reconciliation,...

04 Combating Evil and Violence: The Nature of Moral EngagementKathleen Mall

1/6/2011
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I begin this segment by commenting on Kathie's recent blogs on moral engagement. Kathie and I talk about the work of Albert Bandura and Lawrence Kohlberg around moral engagement and moral decision-making. We discuss the role of the media in creating an atmosphere of moral disengagement. Kathie points out that the United States media portrays society in the most violent way of all cultures in the world. Kathies website is

03 Peacemaking: Pan-Global Attitudes Towards Reconciliation, Apology and Fo

1/6/2011
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Kathie's research has also included attitudinal questions about reconciliation, apology, and forgiveness. Across the world, respondents declared that apology was not sufficient by itself. To be effective, apology had to be accompanied by some effort to make things right. We talked about the fact that people's attitudes towards apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation at international level was identical to attitudes that we see in interpersonal conflicts. This research, we conclude, is...

02 Invasion and War: Do People Believe One Nation has the Right to Invade A

1/6/2011
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After 9/11, Kathie tells us that her interest shifted to international perspectives. She developed a new survey focusing on peoples attitudes towards war and peace around the world. On the question of the right of one country to invade another, the highest percentage of people believing in the right to invade were from the United States, Sweden, Canada, the United Kingdom, and China. Kathie points out that since World War II, none of these countries have been subject to invasion. Some...

01 Family Violence: What is Considered AbusiveKathleen Malley-Morrison

1/6/2011
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What are the attitudes of people from around the world towards terrorism, violence, torture, and peace? And what does an understanding of these attitudes tell us about the practice of peace? The answers to these questions might surprise you, and my guest is here to explain why.Kathleen Malley-Morrison is professor of psychology in the Human Development Program, Boston University. Her undergraduate major at Swarthmore College was history, and her graduate degree from Boston University was in...

04 Peacemakers: Problem-solving and Negotiation in Criminal Cases-Prof. Pau

12/16/2010
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Problem-solving skills apply in all areas of legal practice. We talk about the application of dispute resolution and negotiation skills in the criminal context. Young lawyers who become prosecutors or criminal defense lawyers are learning that negotiation skills are just as important as courtroom skills. In addition, many law students are being introduced to the concept of restorative justice, which is a philosophy and practice that brings victims and offenders together in a mediation to...
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