Course of Action Simulator
Version 3 (10/10/2014)
Designed by Dr. W.A. RIvera, Luke Maier, and Harrison Richard. Programmed by Luke Maier.
Step 1: Specify the actors’ identities
Instructions: First, input the names of the two actors in the yellow fields below. Then, use the sliders below to answer a series of questions about each actor’s “identity.” An actor’s identity estimates the extent to which its behavior follows the predictions of the realist, constructivist, and liberal theories of international relations. You may either use the sliders (from “Not at all” to “Max”) or enter values from 0 to 100 in the Weight column, where zero means the actor does not consider that theory’s predicted goals at all and 100 means that actor maximally prioritizes the reduction of the types of threats (to fear, honor, or interest). The model uses these inputs to set the actors’ complex priorities. The extent too which an actor is realist, constructivist, or liberal determines how much it prioritizes the reduction of threats to fear, honor, and interest, respectively. For example, an entirely realist actor will chose moves that reduce fear threats; these will generally be moves associated with deploying hard power resources, such as economic, technology, and military resources. A predominanly liberal actor, for instance, will prioritize reduction in threats to “interest”, which is related to economic, diplomatic, informationa, and human capital resources. Complex identities in which mutliple thoeries heavily influence an actor will result in courses of action that balance these goals. You may either use the sliders or type values from 0-100 in the column “Weight.” The Clear Inputs button clears all of the values in the parameters you set.