Abstract by Joseph Johnson
Fusing Game Theory and Network Theory to Model Southern Asian Geopolitics
Discussion- and operations-based exercises are one of the critical platforms for policymakers to rigorously debate the merits of available actions. Gaming, a discussion-based exercise, is uniquely qualified to track the “ripple effects” of how actions propagate through highly networked models. One particularly bedeviling issue for policymakers in the Departments of State and Defense is the political and military situation in Afghanistan. Any solution creating stability in Afghanistan requires an integrated political and military strategy. However, the networks representing the state and non-state players involved in the Afghanistan situation is so highly imbalanced that only sophisticated gaming software could track how actions would propagate through the network. We propose a game that fuses Game Theory and Network Theory in such a way as to model this complex situation.