Gaming Solutions to Global Problems

June 8, 2017

As a senior international researcher at RAND, David Shlapak has led research on topics ranging from counterterrorism to nuclear strategy. As the codirector of the RAND Center for Gaming, he designs and plays games to explore U.S. national security strategy, the evolving East Asian and European security environments, and defense planning. In this Call with the Experts, David Shlapak talks about how serious games can help find solutions to global problems. Media relations director Jeffrey Hiday moderates the call.

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