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This project explores a computational model of international relations, called '''quantitative realism''', in which the international system is represented as an abstract power structure, like this:
This project explores a computational model of international relations, called '''quantitative realism''', in which the international system is represented as an abstract power structure, like this:


[[File:Random_power_structure.png|200px|thumb|left|A random power structure]]
[[File:Random_power_structure.png|200px|center|A random power structure]]


In this diagram, larger nodes are more powerful, solid lines represent cooperation, and dashed lines represent conflict.
In this diagram, larger nodes are more powerful, solid lines represent cooperation, and dashed lines represent conflict.
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The major questions are:
The major questions are:


* How do power structures evolve in time?
# How do power structures evolve in time?
* Does the abstract model say anything meaningful about historical power struggles?
# Does the abstract model say anything meaningful about historical power struggles?
* What is the nature of the current world power structure?
# What is the nature of the current world power structure?


The project uses the Wolfram Language and C++ to investigate these questions.
The project uses the Wolfram Language and C++ to investigate these questions.

Revision as of 20:25, 9 December 2020

Overview

This project explores a computational model of international relations, called quantitative realism, in which the international system is represented as an abstract power structure, like this:

A random power structure

In this diagram, larger nodes are more powerful, solid lines represent cooperation, and dashed lines represent conflict.

The major questions are:

  1. How do power structures evolve in time?
  2. Does the abstract model say anything meaningful about historical power struggles?
  3. What is the nature of the current world power structure?

The project uses the Wolfram Language and C++ to investigate these questions.