Business and Management INK

Can Mass Atrocities Be Prevented Through Simulation?

April 18, 2013 781

Editor’s note: We are pleased to welcome Tucker B. Harding and Mark A. Whitlock, both of Columbia University, whose article “Leveraging Web-Based Environments for Mass Atrocity Prevention” appeared in the Simulation & Gaming February 2013 issue, Symposium: Simulations, games and peace.

pullquoteThe impetus for this research emerged from a common theory to practice conundrum faced by professors teaching a graduate course on the Prevention of Mass Killing at Columbia University.  The authors sought to design a computer based simulation to educate learners on the complexities of preventive action, with a keen focus on the decision making process of various actors ranging from “preventers” to potential perpetrators.

s&gTaking the simulation from the classroom to the field of practice represented our primary case study and the results challenged several of our foundational assumptions regarding the efficacy of early warning.  The African early warning analysts trained with COUNTRY X, and subsequently interviewed, highlighted early warning to early action challenges at their subregional level.

These findings have shaped a new set of research questions exploring the psychology and politics of decision making in crisis situations with a specific interest in forecasting and predictive analytics.  Building on the lessons from this article, our current research examines early warning, big data and advancements in machine learning to better understand the plausibility of risk reduction in preventive action.  This is timely as the phenomenon of big data promises to reshape next-generation conflict prevention mechanisms locally and globally.

Click here to access the article, Leveraging Web-Based Environments for Mass Atrocity Prevention,” in the latest issue of Simulation & Gaming.

harding1Tucker B. Harding is a doctoral candidate in Communication and Education at Columbia University, researching the use of educational simulations for improving different kinds of teaching and learning. He also manages small- and large-scale educational technology projects for Columbia’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, a group dedicated to enhancing education through the purposeful use of new media and technology.

MarkWhitlockMark A. Whitlock is an adjunct professor in the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program at Columbia University. His research and practice interests encompass international relations, political identity, crisis early warning, and the prevention of mass atrocities with an emphasis in Africa and the Middle East. He has designed courses at Columbia and New York University on statebuilding, networks, and preventing mass killing.

Business and Management INK puts the spotlight on research published in our more than 100 management and business journals. We feature an inside view of the research that’s being published in top-tier SAGE journals by the authors themselves.

View all posts by Business & Management INK

Related Articles

Rethinking Approaches to Management Research During Times Marked by Rare, Yet Increasingly Impactful Events
Business and Management INK
July 23, 2024

Rethinking Approaches to Management Research During Times Marked by Rare, Yet Increasingly Impactful Events

Read Now
Funny or Functional: Customer Engagement in Hedonic vs. Utilitarian Services
Business and Management INK
July 22, 2024

Funny or Functional: Customer Engagement in Hedonic vs. Utilitarian Services

Read Now
‘Push, Pull, Dance’: Public Health Procurement – Saving Lives and Preventing Harm
Business and Management INK
July 18, 2024

‘Push, Pull, Dance’: Public Health Procurement – Saving Lives and Preventing Harm

Read Now
Leading Boards in Chaos and Uncertainty? Have an Enlightened Approach
Business and Management INK
July 17, 2024

Leading Boards in Chaos and Uncertainty? Have an Enlightened Approach

Read Now
Studying Leadership Coaching in the Workplace

Studying Leadership Coaching in the Workplace

Tatiana Bachkirova and Peter Jackson reflect on coaching and other factors that led to the publishing of their research article, “What do leaders really want to learn in a workplace? A study of the shifting agendas of leadership coaching,”

Read Now
The Case of Leftist Governments in Chile and Uruguay

The Case of Leftist Governments in Chile and Uruguay

In this article, Juan Bogliaccini and Aldo Madariaga explore leftist governments in peripheral economics — the topic of their recently published article, […]

Read Now
Exploring Public-Private Partnerships in the National Capital Region of the United States

Exploring Public-Private Partnerships in the National Capital Region of the United States

In this article, Yu Wang, Young Hoon Kwak, and Qingbin Cui reflect on the importance of effective public-private partnerships and how these […]

Read Now
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments