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A board for the Prussian wargame of ‘Kriegsspiel.’ Matthew Kirschenbaum/Wikimedia Commons

War games shed light on real-world strategies

War games let you test your political and military acumen right at your kitchen table – while also helping you appreciate how decision-makers are limited by the choices of others.
Military action during the NATO-led military exercise in Trondheim, Norway on Oct. 30, 2018. The NATO exercises included some 3,000 troops, 20 ships, several tanks and about 50 aircraft from various nations. (Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix via AP)

More than just ‘war games,’ military exercises require transparency

Military exercises are more than just 'war games' -- they're aimed at signalling military capability and intent. But NATO must honour its commitment to transparency, and pressure Russia to do the same.
Detail of a production still from Baden Pailthorpe ‘s MQ-9 Reaper III (Skyquest) 2015 Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

Friday essay: video games, military culture and new narratives of war

Video games such as Battlefield I encourage players to find purpose and meaning in war. But a new generation of artists and gamers is starting to question the messages they propagate.

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