CISS Spring 2021 Virtual Crisis Simulation - War in the Shadows: Regional Warfare in Nagorno-Karabakh

Date & Time Mar 20 2021 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Kyle Atwell
Simulation Director
Audience Restricted to Princeton University

Please RSVP by March 8th. We will send participation links to all registered guests.


As the United States focuses on a potential great power war, regional and proxy warfare between great powers, weaker states, and non-state actors ensues around the world in places such as Libya, Ukraine, Yemen, Iraq, Colombia, and beyond. While great power conflict poses the most dangerous national security threat to the United States, destabilizing hybrid and proxy wars are by far the most common and most likely to occur. They dominate active conflict around the world and present an enduring foreign policy challenge for the United States as well as its allies and partners.

In this crisis simulation, we explore the complexity of contemporary warfare. The recent fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh has exacerbated long standing regional tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The additional involvement of parties including Turkey, Russia, as well as non-state actors (to include mercenaries sent by these powers to fight each other) has complicated the conflict. Will the crisis escalate into a regional war, or will diplomacy and negotiations prevent further armed conflict? This spring’s virtual crisis simulation will offer Princeton undergraduate and graduate students, alongside cadets from multiple service academies, the opportunity to tackle a major political crisis in the Caucasus region. Participants cooperate in small teams to formulate and implement policy as they steer their countries toward success. 

All majors and years are welcome and encouraged to attend. The crisis simulation offers a unique opportunity to practice strategy, quick diplomacy, and political skill -- while engaging with peers and current CISS Fellows.  

Please send any questions to the simulation director, Kyle Atwell (

Center for International Security Studies, Strategic Education Initiative
School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University