Dr. Doron Pely
Director: Conflict Management and Special Projects
Dr. Pely’s academic and business career has centered on increasing security and alleviating conflicts using multiple disciplines.
For the past decade, his research and writing has been focused on Muslim/Arab conflict management and resolution practices. As part of his field studies, Dr. Pely resided for nearly three years in an Arab village in the north of Israel. He published multiple articles in peer-review journals, exploring culture-specific aspects of Muslim and indigenous dispute resolution mechanisms, and comparing them to Western approaches.
Dr. Pely’s professional career spans a wide spectrum of activities, including military service in the IDF, undercover police intelligence, journalism, international business intelligence, entrepreneurship, executive management, large-scale risk analysis, mediation, and extensive field research in cross-cultural negotiations and conflict resolution.
Dr. Pely has developed a set of cross-cultural conflict management and de-escalation tools, utilizing a combination of modern and traditional practices called “Assertive Honoring”. These tools are very useful for helping people in high-stress situations such as in the aviation and healthcare sectors.
Dr. Pely has lived and worked for extended periods in several countries including Israel, Holland, the UK and the U.S. He lectured and taught cross-cultural conflict mitigation, conflict de-escalation, and Muslim/Arab dispute resolution practices at the US Military Academy West Point, UMASS Boston, Tufts University, Hampshire College, The Inter-Disciplinary Center (IDC), the Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University, and in community centers and mediation groups in mixed-community municipalities.
Dr. Pely holds a PhD in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King’s College, London, an MA in Conflict Resolution from UMASS Boston, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from California State University Hayward. His latest book, “Muslim-Arab Mediation and Conflict Resolution: Understanding Sulha” (Routledge Press [UK], March 2016), explains Islam’s most ubiquitous inter and intra clan conflict resolution practice.
In addition to his work at TAL Global, Dr. Pely is a University of Southern California (USC) Homegrown Violent Extremism (HVE) Studies Associate at the Safe Communities Institute (part of the Sol Price School of Public Policy).