Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

Channel 4: Nuclear War Games

The Channel 4 (UK) current affairs programme Dispatches will be airing a report on 5 November 2012 that explores the regional and international implications of an Israeli attack on Iran via crisis simulation:

Nuclear War Games: Channel 4 Dispatches

On the eve of the US presidential election Dispatches explores one of the major international issues facing the world: the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The programme has gained exclusive access to an Israeli ‘war game’, in which an Israeli attack on Iran is played out in detail.

The outcome of the imagined scenario could help Israel decide whether it goes to war with Iran. Dispatches examines how such a conflict could have dire repercussions for global stability and goes inside a country that lives with the permanent threat of war…

Behind closed doors in Israel’s elite Institute for National Security Studies, Israeli diplomats, former government ministers and spies are role-playing what could be the most audacious military strike in Israel’s history. All the potential players in this drama – the US, Iran, Israel, the EU, the UN, the Arab World and Russia – are represented in the game by Israelis, who chart out likely responses to an event that will ripple throughout the world. Will Israel escape unscathed? Or will the region explode into war – possibly dragging the West along with it…?

Producer/Director: Kevin Sim

Prod Co: Blakeway

2 responses to “Channel 4: Nuclear War Games

  1. Rex Brynen 29/10/2012 at 12:13 pm

    Yes, I thought the same thing when I saw the title of the segment.

    I finally got around to playing PERSIAN INCURSION over the weekend. It was a close game at the end (it all came down to one final die-roll), but I have to say the hour I spent plotting my air attacks were just a little tedious for the Iranian player. I’ll post a review soon.

  2. brtrain 29/10/2012 at 12:06 pm

    This title reminded me of the BBC’s refusal to air Peter Watkin’s famous film “The War Game”, depicting the strikes and aftermath of a nuclear war on a British city. Very harrowing experience to watch, even from 50 years down the road.
    I don’t know what’s going on here, but I can’t enter comments properly on this blog – probably has something to do with the Internet’s continuing admonishment to me to get a modern browser – Hey! I’m stuck with this one!

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