Belarusobloggin’

Want to know what’s happening in the Belarus civil war? Belarus Today‘s yer blog. Except, of course, it’s not. As it says at the bottom of the page:

This website is part of a foreign policy simulation. The events depicted are not actually taking place.

Thank God for that. After all, by the end of the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs’s scenario simulation, the NATO Secretary General had suffered a heart attack, Gerhard Schröder had made a fool of himself, Minsk was in flames and USAF and Italian aircraft were heading for their targets..

It sounds fun. Just a pity that the transcript isn’t on the web.

Update: (From Edward, apologies in advance to Alex for butting-in like this, but there didn’t seem to be enough for a separate post here). Events still seem to be tense in Belarus with Lukashenko opponents attempting to gain ‘orange-like’ traction, and EU observers keeping up the pressure. Also it may be worth pointing out that Belarus is another one of those incredible shrinking countries, and I’ve just posted a little data about this on Demography Matters, so either way – with or without Lukashenko – the future looks extraordinarily bleak for these long-suffering people (remember they were also hit by Chernobyl).

Update the second: The Patterson School’s website is here.

4 thoughts on “Belarusobloggin’

  1. Talk about surreal. This is the school that I go to, and I just casually go to FOE and see it getting some publicity. What is funny is that the professor who put together the Belarus blog, only put the disclaimer up at the urgings of other faculty.

  2. Is there any chance that you’re going to publish the details of the CPX? Whether on yer website or in a learned journal?

  3. Heh.

    I hadn’t thought about it in a couple weeks, but I’ll publish the rest of the simulation details in the next couple of days, including the basic intel reports for the various countries and a brief summary of what eventually went down. Alex, would it be possible to get a link to the Patterson School website?

    http://www.uky.edu/RGS/Patterson/welcome.htm

  4. Oh, and we’re the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky, not the Norman Patterson school; that one is located in Ottawa.

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