The Virtual International Crisis War Game will be hosted by the Hoover Institution via Zoom on October 8th, 2020.

Please note that this event is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please contact Jacquelyn Schneider.


The war game explores the relationship between new technologies, domestic politics, conventional military capabilities, and nuclear threats. Players simulate decision-making roles in a notional cabinet in order to better understand the role that emerging technologies play in crisis decision-making and how Cold War paradigms of deterrence and crisis escalation apply in a world with new capabilities and vulnerabilities.

As a diplomat, your participation is vital to the success of this war game and, ultimately, to the success of international efforts to create policies, capabilities, and norms that ensure international stability and economic prosperity. The Virtual International Crisis War Game hosted by the Hoover Institution is a half-day event, but it is a part of a larger set of games being run all over the world that compare behaviors across countries and cultures within crises.

As a player, you will be given two hypothetical crisis scenarios and a briefing on capabilities and threats. Together, players will form a team representing a National Security cabinet that generates priority objectives and debates courses of action. The war game will culminate in the development of a whole of government response plan to the crisis. Finally, the event concludes with a plenary session in which players will share lessons learned from the war game and suggest potential recommendations for policies on emerging threats and crisis dynamics as well as a short wine and cheese reception.

Please note that as an attendee at this event, you will be a participant in a Stanford research protocol.


AGENDA (all time Easter Daylight Time)

Time Content


Opening Comments


Scenario 1 Play




Scenario 2 Play


Final Plenary



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