Using mathematic models to explore potential effects of strategic decisions made during times of war and peace will be the topic of a three day conference hosted by the School of Social Sciences’ Institute for Mathematical Behavior and Center for the Study of Democracy.  Political scientists and economists from several UCs, Northwestern University, University of Iowa, Columbia University and Drexel will explore issues including: why conflict occurs and what its main risk factors are; which actions, if any, adversaries and outsiders can take to reduce the chance of conflict and induce peace; potential mechanisms for reducing armament costs during peacetime; and effects of the potential for conflict on international trade and trade policy.  A full agenda and speaker list is available online.

"Modeling Conflict and Its Governance"
February 12-14, 2010
Social Science Plaza A, Room 2112

This conference is free and open to the public.  To RSVP or for further information, please contact Janet Phelps, or 949-824- 8651.

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