Systems Dynamics Program
Social Science and Policy Studies Dept.
All interested are invited to attend.
The focus of this research is on the life-cycle of violent non-state actors beginning with radicalized individuals conducting terrorism, to the formation of terror networks, transition to insurgencies and developing into emerging-state actors who assume sovereign control from the existing state. The intended audience for this research are researchers on violence and policy-makers seeking to understand, contain or mitigate non-state actor violence. The method of exploration is through simulation science where the system structure of irregular conflict is presented and used to run experiments to both understand the conditions which manifest different forms of violence as well as utility of policies meant to contain it. Simulations are used to represent both generic behavior modes specific manifestations.
K Saeed (chair), O Pavlov, B Addison