The strategy project: teaching strategic thinking through crisis simulation

Michael A. Hunzeker*, Kristen A. Harkness

*Corresponding author for this work

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In an effort to teach strategic thinking, the Center for International Security Studies at Princeton University designed an adaptable model for crisis simulation that could be used in a variety of institutional contexts and with diverse content matter. Moreover, the simulation helped students to develop an understanding of several other important abstract concepts in political science: notably, information uncertainty, friction or "the fog of war," and bureaucratic stove piping. This article describes the design, content, and implementation of our original simulation. It is based on a "loose-nukes" scenario resulting from the hypothetical collapse of the Pakistani state. We conclude by evaluating the benefits and limitations of the simulation and by suggesting ways in which it could be implemented in other institutional contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-517
Number of pages5
JournalPS: Political Science & Politics
Issue number2
Early online date14 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


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