Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

2015 in review


2016 is now upon us, and so PAXsims would like to wish all of our regular readers—as well as those who may have accidentally found themselves here while looking for the PaxSim advanced aviation passenger and  baggage simulation tool—a very happy new year. May all your conflicts be merely simulated!

It’s an appropriate time too to review some statistics for PAXsims in 2015:

PAXsims had 52,343 visitors (and 94,152 views) in 2015, up from 44,611 visitors the years before. Since the blog was established in 2008 we’ve now had well over 378,000 views—which is certainly more than any of my traditional academic writings have been read! In addition, 243 people subscribe to blog updates via email or wordpress.

Our visitors have come from an impressive 178 countries and territories, with the United States accounting for almost half of these:

  1. US: 45.9%
  2. Canada: 9.3%
  3. UK: 8.4%
  4. Germany: 3.5%
  5. Netherlands: 3.3%
  6. France: 2.7%
  7. Australia: 2.3%
  8. Italy: 1.5%
  9. Spain: 1.4%
  10. Brazil: 1.2%

We even had visitors this past year from North Korea, South Sudan, and Bhutan.

This year we’ve topped the one thousand mark for total number of posts on the blog, reaching 1,004. Our top ten items posted in 2015 were:

  1. Boardgames and the indirect surveillance state
  3. Revisiting the “ISIS Crisis”
  4. Teaching professional wargaming
  5. Zones of Control
  6. ISIS Crisis at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
  7. ISIS Crisis at MIGS
  8. Updated ISIS Crisis materials
  9. Simulating the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon
  10. Wargaming and innovation

Another very popular item was Gaming the crisis in the Ukraine, first posted in March 2014 but updated regularly since then.

In addition to various search engines, our most common referrers were Facebook, Reddit, Twitter,, BoardGameGeek, and ConsimWorld.

Finally, let me thank my fellow PAXsims editors (Gary Milante, Ellie Bartels, Devin Ellis), our research associates (Nikola Adamus, Corinne Goldberger, Ryan Kuhns, Nick LaLone, and Christian Palmer), and all those who have contributed to the blog this year. Without them there would be much less to read.

Onwards into 2016!



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