Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

About PAXsims

The PaxSims blog is devoted to the development and effective use of games and simulation-based learning concerning issues of conflict, peacebuilding, and development in fragile and conflict-affected states, as well as to the policy application of gaming and simulation techniques. We welcome comments.


Rex Brynen is Professor of Political Science at McGill University, where he specializes in Middle East politics, development, and security issues. He is author or editor of eleven books on the politics of the region. He has also served as a member of the Political and Security Policy Staff of the (Canadian) Department of Foreign Affairs, as an intelligence analyst for the Privy Council Office, and as a consultant to the International Development Research Centre, the World Bank, United Nations agencies, and others. In 2011 received the International Studies Association’s Deborah Gerner Innovative Teaching Award for his work with classroom simulations. He can be reached at rex.brynen (@), or on Twitter as @rexbrynen.

Gary Milante is an economist with an interest in game theory. He currently directs the Macroeconomics of Security project for the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), splitting his time between Washington DC and Stockholm. Before SIPRI, Gary worked for the World Bank on development in challenging environments of conflict and fragility, and was the team economist for the World Development Report 2011 on  conflict, security, and development. For the Bank he designed and delivered the Carana simulation more than a dozen times in the Bank’s fragile states strategy course. Additionally, he enjoys game play and design, time permitting. Occasionally Gary tweets from @gmilante and he can be reached at milante (@)

 Associate Editors


Elizabeth “Ellie” Bartels is Senior Associate at Caerus Associates focused on leveraging social science methods to improve wargaming and national security analysis. Prior to joining Caerus, Ellie led teams to design educational and analytical strategic wargames at the National Defense University. She specializes in games to improve participants’ understanding of strategy in irregular and asymmetric warfare environments, and their effects on populations.  She can be reached at ebartels (@), or on Twitter at @elliebartels.

image001Devin Ellis is a faculty research associate in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, and the Policy & Research Program Director for the ICONS Project – a simulation research and training program in the University’s Center for International Development and Conflict Management. He is an Affiliate Researcher at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), and a member of the CSIS Pacific Forum Young Leaders program. Ellis is a policy analyst by training, specializing in East Asian security issues and crisis management. He has designed or consulted on simulation and gaming projects for USAID, the World Bank, DHS, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Brookings Institution, CSIS, the Office of Personnel Management, NDU, START, the Kennedy School of Government, the Fletcher School of Diplomacy, several Fortune 100 corporations, and various parts of DOD including the Joint Staff, OSD, and PACOM. He can be found on Twitter at @DevinHayesEllis.


PAXsims also welcomes guest contributions. Among those who have contributed in the past are:

PAXsims has been cited by:

  • CNN
  • Foreign Policy
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Washington Post

Have a piece on conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and serious games that you would like considered for inclusion on the website? Email us!

3 responses to “About PAXsims

  1. Chris Jagger 29/04/2014 at 6:16 am

    This looks like a wonderful blog and one that I will promote to my students. I’ll be sure to write something for you soon (if you’ll have me!), Chris Jagger

  2. Rex Brynen 21/09/2014 at 6:29 pm

    We welcome contributions!

  3. Alejandra Torres 26/11/2014 at 2:52 pm

    This is a very cool website Professor Brynen…. just like your lectures at McGill. I still remember your great sense of humor!

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