Pre US election War gaming exercise


On the eve of the US's most controversial Presidential election, the Singapore Alumni Chapter of the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) invites you to an evening of food, drink and a challenging ‘War gaming’ exercise in reaction to possible future events. Our esteemed moderator for this interactive session will be Karl Friedhoff from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, who will be coming from the US for this event. He will provide our group with a conceptual framework to better understand the future or the unknown, often in dynamic and adversarial settings.

The popular rise of social media has grossly altered the way we think, the way we express ourselves and the way we no longer "agree to disagree" in our discussions. Provocative statements, lies and bullying have become the norm to alter public opinion. Double standards are more clear today than ever before.

Strong Female leadership, often immediately interchanged with tough female leadership, is frequently viewed negatively; whereas "Bullying" by male leadership is often observed as a positive force of a successful way to lead. Leaders who have resorted to a tone that results in divisive public opinions, undermine harmony in society. The issue of race, religion, color of the skin and gender drives us more apart than together.

Whether through future scenario planning or move-countermove activities, this session will offer a unique opportunity to test theories and hypotheses about what the future might look like and what could be done, as well as give us an opportunity to reflect how the world has changed in just the past few years. Participants will have to let go of their normal thought processes and solve an international crisis the way we think these US leaders will manage the world. Provocative thinking and expression is encouraged.

About the Moderator

Karl Friedhoff is a fellow in Public Opinion and Foreign Policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He was previously a Korea Foundation-Mansfield Foundation U.S.-Korea Nexus Scholar and is currently a member of the Mansfield Foundation’s Trilateral Working Group. Mr. Friedhoff was previously based in Seoul where he was a program officer in the Public Opinion Studies Program at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. His writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, among others, and he has been a frequent guest on both TV and radio to discuss South Korea’s politics, foreign policy, and international relations. Mr. Friedhoff earned his BA in political science at Wittenberg University and an MA in international commerce at Seoul National University.

About John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a division of Johns Hopkins University based in Washington, D.C., United States, with campuses in Bologna, Italy; and Nanjing, China. It is generally considered one of the top graduate schools for international relations in the world. The institution is devoted to the study of international affairs, economics, diplomacy, and policy research and education. The school's mission is to provide an interdisciplinary professional education that prepares a diverse graduate student body for internationally related positions of responsibility; to foster research, scholarship and cross-cultural exchange; and to contribute knowledge, expertise and leadership to the global community.

Event Timeline
  • The event description was updated. Diff 2016-10-17 02:43:04
Sun Nov 6, 2016
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM SGT
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7 Lock Road, Singapore 108937
SAIS and DUAL Alumni $85.00
Young alumni (Class 2010-2015) $45.00

On sale until Nov 6, 2016, 7:00:00 PM

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7 Lock Road, Singapore 108937 Singapore
Penn and Wharton Alumni Club of Singapore