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Ukraine & Gaming Modern War - US board game designer Joseph Miranda

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Published on Mar 22, 2014

Joseph Miranda is a long-time US wargame designer who, 10-15 years ago, designed a game called 'Ukraine' which reflects in some ways what we are seeing in the news at the moment.
The game features Information Operations targeting TV channels and Joseph explains that he does not have a TV in is own home, preferring to get his news from technical and military specialist websites. He is currently working on 'Kiev' and other 'New World Order' games including China versus Russia scenario.

Millennium Wars Six-Pack $99.95
Millennium Wars is a series of strategic-level, two-player simulations of possible current and near-future conflicts.
Each player controls the forces of a belligerent and its allies.
Each player moves his units and executes attacks in turn. While there are two sides in each game, certain scenarios will include NATO intervention on one side or the other.
http://ossgamescart.com/index.php?mai...

What is happening in Syria feels like one of the last gasps of the age of the military dictators. An old way of running the world is still desperately trying to cling to power, but the underlying feeling in the west is that somehow Assad's archaic and cruel military rule will inevitably collapse and Syrians will move forward into a democratic age.
That may, or may not, happen, but what is extraordinary is that we have been here before. Between 1947 and 1949 an odd group of idealists and hard realists in the American government set out to intervene in Syria. Their aim was to liberate the Syrian people from a corrupt autocratic elite - and allow true democracy to flourish. They did this because they were convinced that "the Syrian people are naturally democratic" and that all that was neccessary was to get rid of the elites - and a new world of "peace and progress" would inevitably emerge.
What resulted was a disaster, and the consequences of that disaster then led, through a weird series of bloody twists and turns, to the rise to power of the Assad family and the widescale repression in Syria today.
I thought I would tell that story.
In 1968 a senior CIA officer Miles Copeland wrote a book called 'The Game of Nations' that revealed what went on in 1947. Back then Copeland was part of a mangement consulting team in Washington who were working out how America should contain the threat of communism in the Middle East, now the old European Empires had gone. This was before the CIA existed, and Copeland describes how they got together an odd group of diplomats, secret agents left over from the war, advertising men from Madison Avenue, and "pipe-smoking owls" (which is what intellectuals were called in those days).
Copeland describes an impassioned lecturer telling this group that their aim should be to change the leadership in the countries in the Middle East:
"Politicians in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt seem to have been elected into power, but what elections! The winners were all candidates of foreign powers, old land-owners who tell their tenants and villagers how to vote, or rich crooks who can buy their votes. But peoples of these countries are intelligent, and they have a natural bent for politics. If there is a part of the world which is crying for the democratic process the Arab World is it."
They decided to start with Syria.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis...

How I learned to stop worrying and love Fourth Generation War. We can win at this game.
http://fabiusmaximus.com/2013/09/18/4...

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