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Brains not Bullets? From Terrorism, Insurgencies and Drug Wars, to Street Gangs and World of Warcraft

Brains not Bullets? From Terrorism, Insurgencies and Drug Wars, to Street Gangs and World of Warcraft

This video was recorded at International Workshop on Coping with Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems. In previous work, we suggested that common dynamical patterns underlie the evolution of irregular warfare and global terrorism. We offered a simple model to explain all these findings, based on a common 'soup' of continually evolving attack units. This talk updates this line of research, in light of new results. In addition to confirming the robustness of our model, these results offer a quantitative explanation of why the insurgent war in Iraq, and the drug war in Colombia, have evolved in the way that they have – and how the emerging wars in Afghanistan and Mexico might evolve in the future. These findings strengthen our earlier hypothesis that the commonality of observed dynamics... Show More
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