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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems.

Each year the Centre for Geopolitics runs a strategic simulation exercise. Bringing together former leaders (including past secretaries of state, party leaders, ambassadors, and senior military officers) with serving officials, post-graduate students and leading academics we examine a notional but realistic foreign or national security policy event set in the near future.  We simulate a developing crisis in real time, requiring participants to confront the dilemmas, contradictions and confusions of the type actually faced by decision makers. This approach takes us to the heart of the geopolitics of a particular issue, but also explores the contemporary mechanisms of foreign, defence and national security decision making. Recent exercises have focused on EU cohesion after Brexit, the Northern Ireland border, and state competition in the High North.

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 Suzanne Raine

Student feedback on strategic simulation at the Centre:

"It was a very enjoyable and insightful event in culminating our class' study of European geopolitics from 1453-1871."

"It was interesting to explore how observable concepts in early modern Europe can, or cannot, be applied to contemporary Europe and how the modern world has in some respects attenuated rather than negated some of the geopolitical issues of the past."