Simulation and Real World Conflict: Some Comparisons,
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES
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A basic assumption is that the international system may be organized in two ways--as a series of nation states or in an international system with a multitude of extra-national linkages between people. In nation state systems the probability of major war is high minor conflict is less likely. The opposite is expected for international systems. Simulated runs of nation state and international systems were conducted in a laboratory. Conflict patterns in the real world in 1955-1957 seem to resemble the nation state simulations as do the conflict patterns of adults compared to high school students. Nation state conflict patterns are more associated with war than are international system patterns. Both the frequency and cause of violence seem to be quite different as the international system becomes more complexly integrated.
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