Understanding the Dynamics of Conflict

Cancun, Mexico • 20 Sep 2017

Today’s world instability calls for timely detection of critical transitions that can lead to conflict. At the Conference on Complex Systems (CCS’17), Ana Isabel Barros from TNO and the UvA-Institute of Advanced Study and Ignacio Martinez-Moyano from Argonne National Laboratory/University of Chicago,  will host on September 20th a special satellite session about the dynamics of conflict seen from the complex systems perspective.

With scholars and students from all fields, the Conference on Complex Systems will convene in September 17-22, 2017 in Cancun, Mexico, to talk about a multidisciplinary dialogue to simplify life in society. The world instability is a pressing issue in today’s society. It calls for timely detection of critical transitions that can lead to conflict. It also asks for implementation of measures to counter known or expected risks. Many organizations and agencies are investigating measures to increase security. These measures may appear valid and reasonable when analyzed in isolation, but when implemented they might produce unanticipated effects, counteract others, or harm instead of contributing to increase security. This is the nature of complex systems where certain threat vectors are not identified immediately and actions to counter them take time to be defined.

To build lines of interaction between conflict, defence, security (practitioners) and complexity (scientists), TNO together with UvA-Institute for Advanced Study, Argonne National Laboratory, and the University of Chicago, organise this satellite session. During one day, participants to this session discuss and exchange ideas on how complex systems analysis can effectively help addressing security challenges. A session with the opportunity to help make the world a safer place.

Interested in participating and/or submitting a paper? Just send us an email.

The program of the satellite session will soon be made available.


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Dr. Ana Isabel Barros

  • Operational Research
  • Complex systems
  • Intelligence analysis
  • Defence and Security

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