Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

Brynania 2015


In a couple of hours, the 15th annual edition of the week-long Brynania civil war simulation starts at McGill University. I’ll be neck-deep processing around 15,000 student communications during that period, so don’t expect any PAXsims updates from me for the duration!

The Brynania simulation involves 100 undergraduate students from my undergraduate POLI 450 course on peacebuilding, plus a smaller number of graduate students from my POLI 650 seminar. In addition, a small group from Prof. Megan Bradley’s course on refugees is taking part as a UNHCR policy unit, while students from Prof. Lisa Lynch’s journalism class have established the World News Service to cover events in war-torn equatorial Cyberia. Various other people play the role of “public opinion” and private donors to aid organizations.

For further information see the simulation resource website, this article from PS: Political Science & Politics on the SIM, video coverage by TV McGill and McGill University, and a blogpost by Lisa on how her journalism students participate.

4 responses to “Brynania 2015

  1. Rex Brynen 26/03/2015 at 11:42 pm

    I have about a dozen extra players in the (highly constrained) role of “public opinion,” given the task of donating funds to the various NGOs/aid agencies, and occasionally communicating concerns to policymakers. They only see a small part of what is going on, though. I could probably fit a guest or two into the SIM in future, though.

  2. devinhayesellis 26/03/2015 at 11:34 pm

    Rex, are there ever guest roles in Brynania?

  3. Christopher Weuve 26/03/2015 at 8:13 pm

    I weep for the people of Brynania, who have seen so much suffering for so long…

  4. brtrain 25/03/2015 at 12:06 pm

    See you on the other side, Rex!

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