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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

In the diagram above, 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 C++ to investigate these questions. The code is stored in this Github repository.

Content Summary

The material in this wiki is organized like a scientific article. It can be read in a linear way, like a book.

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

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