Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

live from Connections 2012

The Connections 2012 interdisciplinary wargaming conference at National Defense University is about to start its third day of panels and other activities, and so far it has been going extremely well. The speakers have been excellent, and—as was the case last year—NDU has done an extraordinarily good job of hosting the event.

I’ll post a full after-action report when it is all over, but in the meantime you can follow along with the live broadcast of some key panels via NDU, and the semi-live-blogging of the event by Brant Guillory (or “Burnt Jewellery“) of GrogNews:

This year, Connections introduced “GameLab,” in which participants are divided into teams, and given a few hours into which to develop a game concept for an assigned scenario. The scenario this year was the humanitarian assistance/disaster relief during the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and Ty Mayfield—who was one of the subject matter experts we had on hand to offer his input—has shared his reflections on the GameLab process over at his Kabul Cable blog.

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