Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

Simulations miscellany, 22 May 2013

Some recent (and not so recent) simulation-related news that might be of interest:

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It would appear that it been a good month or so for simulated disaster. The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative held their annual disaster simulation on April 26-28. In Toronto, the Canadian Disaster and Humanitarian Response Training Program took place May 8-19, including a simulated complex humanitarian crisis in Simlandia. The University of Denver will be having its crisis simulation exercise on May 26-27.

We’ve reported previously on the creative use of games by the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre. However, we entirely missed mentioning the recent “Paying for Predictions” online game competition (now closed), or the November 2012 report of the Pardee Center Task Force on Games for a New Climate (a joint project of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre and Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future).

The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre will be hosting the 2013 The West Africa Peacebuilding Institute in Accra, Ghana on 2-20 September 2013. Roleplays and simulations will be an important part of the curriculum.

The United States Institute of Peace, as usual, has a number of forthcoming conflict-related courses that involve simulation and role-play components.

The US website of Médecins Sans Frontières now features a virtual refugee camp.

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