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'On the Brink': An Hour to Avoid War with Russia - scenario event hosted by award-winning presenter Tim Sebastian

When Oct 16, 2015
from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Corpus Christi College
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How do top decision makers act under intense pressure, taking into consideration political, military, economic, public and legal issues and reactions?

On 16 October 2015, Cambridge's Corpus Christi College and the Forum on Geopolitics at POLIS brought together a panel of expert practitioners from the worlds of politics and military strategy for a one-hour war-game scenario entitled 'On the Brink', moderated by award-winning presenter, Tim Sebastian. This event was designed to test participants' responses to a series of incidents that could escalate quickly into military or other retaliatory action.

A report is available here.

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'On the Brink' placed four high-profile participants in the role of a top-level emergency committee convened in response to a fast-moving crisis, which raised the spectre of possible retaliation and escalation. The committee had one hour to decide on a strategy to address the situation and avoid a cascade of uncontrollable consequences.

The aim was to illustrate through a stress test in real time the decision-making processes of leading experts and practitioners. This scenario allowed us to develop insights not only into the quality of those processes and the key questions participants would need answered in order to make essential decisions, but also to explore the nature of the 'red lines' that exist in such scenarios, and how public perceptions of Russia and Russian intentions influence the range of options available to policymakers.

Tim Sebastian was elected a Fellow Commoner at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge to serve during the academic year 2015-16.

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