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date: 19 October 2018

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On several occasions in the past 70 years, simulation as a research program in FPA rose, then fell. We begin by defining what we mean by simulations before reviewing the two main streams of simulation work in FPA: human-based and computer-based, with this latter itself comprising two streams. We conclude with a speculative discussion of what happened to simulation in FPA and what the future may hold.

Keywords: foreign policy analysis, models, message-passing, decision making, simulation, political-military games, agent-based modeling

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