War is not a game, but we should play it like one

Game theory could help to prevent and end wars

In one sense, war most certainly is not a game. People’s lives are at stake. But a branch of mathematical thinking named ‘game theory’ can help us understand relationships between warring states, and how to best navigate them, by treating their interactions as ‘games’. This could help us avoid ever recreating the near human suicide of Mutually Assured Destruction, and could help us find a way out of the Russia-Ukraine war and the tensions between China and the USA, writes Frank Zagare.


Game theory is the science of interactive decision-making. So, it should not be a surprise that it has influenced military planners and strategic thinkers in both academic and governmental circles across the globe. To understand why, first a little background.

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anna kenna 19 December 2023

The idea of using game theory to approach war is intriguing. It's a thought-provoking concept that could potentially lead to new insights and strategies in conflict resolution. It reminds me of the complexity of human interactions, much like the nuanced scenarios in the Rice Purity Test.
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