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10 November 2013

Simulations and World Politics: Preah Vihear Temple

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Image via BBC World News

A case that encapsulates all facets of world politics: state sovereignty, interstate war, the peaceful settlement of disputes, international rules, international organizations, and more. The BBC reports that the International Court of Justice will provide a ruling on the long-disputed territory surrounding the Preah Vihear temple which straddles the border of both Cambodia and Thailand. What makes this case so interesting is the the good folks at the ICONS project at the University of Maryland have constructed a simulation on this very topic. Personally, I would love to play this (we have to purchase access to this, however) in both IB Global Politics classes. Now that I have more time....maybe we can talk about this in class this week and set up some time once we finish with our current projects.