Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

USIP Interagency SENSE Simulation

From the United States Institute of Peace:

Interagency SENSE Simulation

September 28-30, 2010, 9:00am-5:00pm

U.S. Institute of Peace
2nd floor
1200 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Apply Now

September 28th-30th, USIP, in partnership with George Mason University (GMU) and the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), will conduct the Strategic Economic Needs and Security Exercise (SENSE) simulation at USIP headquarters in Washington D.C.   The primary target audience is the U.S. government interagency community, but other interested parties are also welcome. Participation is free, but space will be limited. The instructor is Dr. Allison Frendak-Blume, gamemaster, USIP.

About the Simulation

Over the course of three days, SENSE models the conditions in an imaginary country (“Akrona”) that is emerging from a destructive internal conflict. Players representing government officials, private firms, civil society, and international actors must identify, coordinate, and integrate economic, social, political, and military policies to foster recovery and reconstruction. SENSE participants must integrate all of these challenges; develop and decide on options; and deal with the consequences (both intended and unintended) of those decisions.Breakfast and lunch will be provided; participants must commit to the full three-day simulation.


SENSE, developed by IDA, is used to strengthen capabilities of decision-makers to prevent conflict in fragile states and manage post-conflict transitions successfully.  SENSE is a computer-facilitated simulation that focuses on negotiations and decision-making, including resource-allocation challenges and cross-sectoral coordination, for the full range of national and international actors.  Sophisticated computer support provides participants with rapid feedback on the interactions of all the decisions in terms of political stability, social well-being, and a foundation for sustainable economic progress. Learn more about SENSE.

2 responses to “USIP Interagency SENSE Simulation

  1. Merle Lefkoff 09/11/2010 at 10:48 pm

    Has SENSE been used in actual negotiations yet? Was it developed only as a training tool? Thanks.

  2. Rex Brynen 10/11/2010 at 1:21 am

    SENSE is really an economic policy training tool—it isn’t intended as a support to negotiations.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: