Rocket Science

Posted on November 3, 2011


 The picture here represents the mash-up of Ivy league smarts and State school grit. 

Well not rocket science but at least the start of a political science dissertation. My colleague at Thinking Like A Cheetah (ivy leaguer) and I (state schooler) spent our afternoon creating a model of the strategic environment to help forecast capability requirements.

Using the evaluations of stability and cooperation a quadrant is created to plot an actor’s application of power relative to the international community. Stability, an actor’s effectiveness of government, creates either a stable or an unstable conditions within their sphere of influence (or national border). Cooperation, actor’s willingness to participate with other actors in the system, is either unilateral or multilateral.

The resulting quadrant is defined in the following categories: multilateral-stable, unilateral-stable, unilateral-unstable, and multilateral-unstable.

Our hypothesis is that conflict would occur predominantly by unstable actors behaving unilaterally. Following this, stable actors who are inclined to cooperate with other actors are less prone to conflict.