This is an open science project that explores a computational model of international relations, called quantitative realism. In this theory, the international system is represented as an abstract power structure, like this:
In the diagram above, larger nodes are more powerful, solid lines represent cooperation, and dashed lines represent conflict.
The major questions are:
- How do power structures evolve in time?
- Does the abstract model say anything meaningful about actual historical power struggles?
- What is the nature of the current world power structure?
The project uses the Wolfram Language and C++ to investigate these questions. The code lives in this Github repository.