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Project Overview

This is an open science project that explores a computational model of international relations, called quantitative realism. The international system is represented as an abstract power structure, like this:

A random power structure

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 actual historical power struggles?
  3. What is the nature of the current world power structure?

The project uses the Wolfram Language and Julia to investigate these questions. The code lives in this Github repository.

Content Summary

The material in this wiki is organized more or less like a long scientific article. It can be read in a linear way, like a book, using the "Next" links at the bottom of each page or by downloading an archived PDF.

  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction
    1. Preface
    2. Power and World Order
    3. About This Project
    4. Research Questions
  3. Methods
    1. Conceptual Foundations
    2. Power in Motion
    3. Foreign Policy Formation
    4. Systemic Metrics
  4. Results and Discussion
    1. Abstract Results
    2. Historical Modeling
    3. The World Power Structure
  5. Conclusions
  6. Supporting Material
    1. References
    2. Data Sources
    3. Prior Work
    4. Essays, etc.

A detailed table of contents can be found here.

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