The Hoover Institution hosts Wargaming: Its History, Application, and Future Use on February 16, February 23, and March 16, 2022.

The Hoover Institution invites you to join leading historians, political scientists, and national security decision-makers as they discuss the role that wargames that have played in international relations, how social science can help guide wargame design and analysis, and the future applications of wargames for policy problems and academic research. Based off the recently published article, "Wargaming for International Relations," the series is moderated by authors, Dr. Jackie Schneider, Hoover Fellow, Hoover Institution, Dr. Reid Pauly, Brown University, and Dr. Erik Lin-Greenberg, MIT.


Day Content panelists

11:00-12:30PM PT

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Wargames as Historical Data:
A look at historical wargaming and the value and limitations of wargames in the archives.

Dr. John Emery is an Assistant Professor of International Security in the department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Jon Scott Logel is a professor in the War Gaming Department of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the United States Naval War College.

Dr. Elizabeth Bartels is the codirector of the Center for Gaming and an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation.

11:00-12:30 PM PT

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Wargame Design and Social Science:
A discussion about wargame design and analysis and the role of social science and experimental research in wargame development.

Dr. Rose McDermott is the David and Mariana Fisher University Professor of International Relations at Brown University and a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Andrew Reddie is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Information and senior engineer at Sandia National Laboratories where he works on projects related to cybersecurity, nuclear weapons policy, wargaming, and emerging military technologies.

11:00-12:30PM PT

Wargames and National Security:
A discussion about how wargames impact national security and defense decisionmaking and whether social science methods can inform these kinds of games.

Mr. Bob Work was the thirty-second Deputy Secretary of Defense, serving alongside three Secretaries of Defense from May 2014 to July 2017.

Dr. Micah Zenko is the Director of Research and Learning, McChrystal Group.

Dr. Stacie Pettyjohn a Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).


Moderated by


Dr. Reid Pauly is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Dean's Assistant Professor of Nuclear Security and Policy at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. He writes and teaches on coercion and nuclear weapons proliferation, nuclear strategy and wargaming, and interstate secrecy and deniability. His work has been published in International Security, International Studies Quarterly, The Nonproliferation Review, and The European Journal of International Relations. He has a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Security Studies Program, and has held fellowships at Stanford University and the Harvard Kennedy School.


Dr. Erik Lin-Greenberg is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is an affiliate of the MIT Security Studies Program. His research and teaching examine how emerging military technology affects conflict dynamics and the use of force. Erik’s work has appeared in academic and policy outlets including Journal of Conflict Resolution, Security Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post. He completed his PhD at Columbia University and an MS and BS at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He previously held fellowships at Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, Erik was an active duty officer in the United States Air Force and continues to serve in the Air Force Reserve.


Dr. Jacquelyn Schneider is a Hoover Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and a non-resident fellow at the Naval War College's Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute. Her research focuses on the intersection of technology, national security, and political psychology with a special interest in cybersecurity, unmanned technologies, and wargaming. Her work has appeared in Security Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Journal of Cybersecurity, The Washington Quarterly, Journal of Strategic Studies, European Journal of International Relations and is featured in Cross Domain Deterrence: Strategy in an Era of Complexity (Oxford University Press, 2019). In addition to her scholarly publications, she is a frequent contributor to policy outlets, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Wired, Lawfare, War on the Rocks, and Washington Post. Before beginning her academic career, she spent six years as an Air Force officer and is currently a reservist. She has a BA from Columbia University, MA from Arizona State University, and PhD from George Washington University. 


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