Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

Live from Nairobi, it’s… simulations miscellany!

We’ve been a bit lax on posts the past few days because both PAXsims editors are currently in Kenya. One of them is doing loads of work as part of the team delivering the World Bank’s core operations course on fragility and conflict (including the Carana simulation). The other one is watching everyone else do loads of work while in the comfortable role of observer.

Selfless global humanitarians that we both are, we also found time to save most of the world from the scourge of global Pandemic, aided by Tusker beer (pic right). Note that if you live in North America and aren’t genetically immune to the “blue virus,” you might want to consider selling up and moving.

Despite that, we do have a few bits of simulation-related news:

1. Online registration is now open for the Connections 2011 wargaming conference, to be held on 1-4 August  at the National Defense University in Washington DC. You’ll also find the provisional conference agenda online too. Both Gary and I should be there. (If folks with a .gov or .mil address are having trouble with the first link, try this one instead.)

2. MMOWGLI is now undergoing a prelaunch playtest of Turn 2, when participants are asked to develop action plans to combat Somali piracy. I’m not sure whether time and a dodgy internet connection will allow me to participate, but if so I’ll try to bring you another report. Given that I’m actually 500km from the Somali border at the moment, any action plan I do develop really ought to get bonus “thumbs up,” don’t you think?

3. The Military Operations Research Society is currently holding 79th MORS Symposium (June 20-23rd) at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California. There will certainly be lost of interesting wargaming and simulation stuff discussed there, but you have to be a US national with a SECRET clearance to attend. Hypothetical Canadians with a TS/SCI are right out, of course, either because Washington still secretly harbours ambitions to implement War Plan Red, and/or because they know that Brian Train and Brian McFarlane were asked to update our very own Defence Scheme No. 1.

3 responses to “Live from Nairobi, it’s… simulations miscellany!

  1. Brian Train 20/06/2011 at 5:19 pm

    Well, “Buster” Brown did retire to Victoria… but full disclosure, it was Bruce McFarlane who designed The Maple Leaf Forever, the expansion kit for War Plan Crimson that covered Defence Scheme No. 1!

  2. Rex Brynen 20/06/2011 at 2:30 pm

    You’re Canada’s James Sutherland Brown of the 21st century, Brian. They won’t know what hit them until they’re all eating poutine in Albany!

  3. Brian Train 20/06/2011 at 12:16 pm

    Ah, so that’s why… I really have tried not to take it personally, but you appear to have let the cat out of the bag Rex.

    Funnily enough I was writing a piece about my involvement with MORS last night, about the time you posted this.

    I will see you (and a lot of other people I’ve wanted to meet for a long time) at Connections!

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