Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

Daily Archives: 16/02/2010

peace, conflict, and development simulations at ISA

For those of you who might be attending the International Studies Association conference in New Orleans this week, PaxSims has prepared this handy list of the main simulation-related panels, papers, and sessions.

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Tuesday, 16 February 2010, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

ISA Workshop: Designing Online Strategic Games and Microworld Simulations (by invitation only)

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WD32: Wednesday, 17 February 2010,  3:45 PM ‐ 5:30 PM

Roundtable: Innovative Thinking on Using Simulations in Learning and  Teaching in IR

Chair: Christopher Edward Farrands

Deborah S. Davenport, ‘IISD’ (International Institute for Sustainable Development, Winnipeg, Canada)

Mary E. Pettenger, Western Oregon University

Jennifer Heeg Maruska, Georgetown University/Texas A&M

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TA09: Thursday, 18 February 2010,  8:30 AM ‐ 10:15 AM

Web‐based Tools for Experiments and Simulations for Foreign  Policy Analysis

Chairs:Alex Mintz, IDC; Nehemia Geva, Texas A&M University

The Use of Computerized Process Tracing for Uncovering  Decision Rules of Leaders

Alex Mintz: IDC

Utilizing Virtual Reality Environments to Establish  Naturalistic Settings for Decision Making Research

Nin Keren: Iowa State

The Dec‐Tracer: Web‐based Digital Tracing of the Emotive  and Cognitive Calculus of Foreign Policy Decision Processes

Nehemia Geva: Texas A&M University

Uri Geva: Texas A&M

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TA65: Thursday, 18 February 2010  8:30 AM ‐ 10:15 AM

Connecting Theory to Policy: Teaching International Relations  Across Cultures and Nations

Chair: Nikolaos Biziouras, United States Naval Academy

Discussant: Rebecca Hovey, School for International Training

Designing Easy, Fun and Instructive Simulations

Neophytos Loizides: Queens University, Belfast

Teaching at the United Nations: Bridging Academia and the  Policy World

Denise Garcia: Northeastern and Harvard University

Decision‐making in the National Security Council: Teaching  Crisis to United States Naval Academy Midshipmen

Nikolaos Biziouras: United States Naval Academy

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TB55: Thursday, 18 February 2010  10:30 AM ‐ 12:15 PM

Classroom Simulations and Governance: International  Organizations and Domestic Institutions as Cases

Chair: Emmanuel Ezi Obuah, Alabama A&M University

Discusaant: Patricia M. Keilbach, University of Colorado at  Colorado Springs

Inside Bruxelles: Teaching Policy‐making in the EU

Giampiero Giacomello: Universita’ di Bologna

Adding Realism to a Multilateral Negotiation Simulation on  Climate Change

Deborah S. Davenport: ‘IISD’ (International Institute for Sustainable Development, Winnipeg, Canada)

The Relevance of the Historical Perspective to  Understanding Modern Political Institutions in India and  South Africa, A Comparative Approach

Eleanor E. Zeff: Drake University

Taking it Global? Preliminary Considerations over the  Experience of the 1st Global Model United Nations

Roberto Vinicius P.S. Gama: Pontifícia Universidade Católica  de Minas Gerais

We haven’t included papers that appear to be on agent-based simulation modeling, and we may have missed a few others besides—so if you’re in New Orleans, check your program.

Bosnian civil war simulation at Penn

From the Daily Pennsylvanian at the University of Pennsylvania, news of a recent simulation of the  Bosnian civil war:

Simulation brings Bosnian War to Penn

by Jared Dubin | Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 8:28 pm

“Execute all civilians.”

This was the order sent over radio in a Weigle Information Commons study room at 4:23 p.m. this past Saturday.

College junior Joseph Tirella gave the order while assuming the role of an insurgent in a real-time Peacekeeping and Stabilization Mission Simulation created by Bruce Newsome, a lecturer in the International Relations Program. Newsome developed the simulation as a postgraduate student at Penn in 2001 and has since created many others.

More than 40 students with majors varying from international relations to biology took on roles as non-government organizations, military forces, government coalitions and two factions of locals in Bosnia. Participants were confined to Weigle for the duration of the mission phase, which occurred in real time from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The simulation was based on the Bosnian War that took place during the mid-1990s. During the unstable period in the region, accusations were made of ethnic cleansing, which led to a NATO intervention in 1995.

Like in the actual conflict, students on the peacekeeping side were tasked with securing local refugees and extending a safe zone farther north in the region.

More coverage at the link here.

UPDATE: You’ll also find a report on the simulation from the organizers (the International Relations Program at the University of Pennsylvania) here, and some pictures from the event here.

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