Modeling social conflict: Theory, data and integration across multiple levels

Michael Salwen, Elisa Jayne Bienenstock, Benton McCune, Ashley Arana

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U.S. engagement around the world involving ethnic conflict, genocide and other humanitarian challenges raises a number of key challenges for military and civilian planners. Social crises are riddled with highly complex micro-and macro-level interactions. The Ethnic conflict, Repression, Insurgency, and Social strife (ERlS) system is a multi-paradigm model of ethnic conflict at multiple levels of analysis and implementation. ERIS aims to model the complexity of micro-and macro-level interactions within a society and provide insight into the range of possible social outcomes given varying sets of initial conditions. Social science theories such as relative deprivation, social capital and electoral incentives, among others, inform the system design. So that the project can scale, generalize and apply to a variety of contexts, it is built upon flexible theoretical drivers that draw together methods and ideas from empirical social science and computer science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Cross-Cultural Decision Making
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781439834961
ISBN (Print)9781439834954
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Agentbased model
  • Electoral incentives theory
  • Ethnic conflict
  • Human Social Culture Behavior (HSCB) Modeling Program
  • Hybrid model
  • Relative deprivation theory
  • Social capital theory
  • Social strife
  • System dynamics model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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