Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

forthcoming USIP SENSE simulation

The United States Institute of Peace will be conducting a three day run of its SENSE (Strategic Economic Needs and Security Exercise) simulation on 26-28 April 2011. SENSE is a computer-facilitated simulation that focuses on negotiations and decision-making in a post-conflict environment:

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.

The simulation is free, but preregistration is required. Further information (and an online application form) can be found here. For further information you can also contact Jeff Krentel at (202) 429-4701 or

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