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Topic: Evolutionary Approaches to Peace Science Workshop
Meeting date: October 24, 2013
Location: NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Objectives: In conjunction with The Peace Science Society Annual Conference, NIMBioS hosted a one-day workshop on "Evolutionary Approaches to Peace Science." Peace science is an interdisciplinary field whose main purpose is the study and prevention of human conflict, especially international conflict. This workshop will take a broad view of "evolutionary approaches." The unifying thread is that of "selection," which requires consideration of variation in entities (e.g., norms, preferences, policies, institutions) and selective retention or transmission of these entities through time. Existing evolutionary approaches to peace science have been scattered and covered on a wide range of evolutionary processes at a wide range of physical and temporal scales. However, it is likely that these different processes happen simultaneously and have interesting interactions.
Some examples of existing approaches in peace science are:
This workshop was intended to further discussion of how to integrate these approaches into a useful whole, with a focus on mathematical and computational modeling and empirical methods.