Douglas Noll is a mediator, speaker, and author who earned a Masters Degree in Peacemaking and conflict studies.
In 2011 Noll published Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts. In his analysis, the peacemaker goes behind the headlines to understand why crucial negotiations fail. Noll argues that diplomats often enter negotiations with flawed assumptions about human behavior. Noll provides several examples while emphasizing the importance of irrational factors in the success of a mediated solution.