Your students become the world leaders and must navigate international security crises in this addictive simulation. 

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Statecraft Simulations are used in 15 countries at over 475 universities


When you launch Statecraft IS, the whole class is transported to an addictive online world where students are grouped into countries and take on the roles of world leaders. The objective of the game is to gather as many points as possible and cultivate the most impressive, powerful country! 

Students both collaborate and compete to execute their country strategy and achieve the simulation goals – including their secret country goals intentionally designed to pit countries against one another and create security dramas. Throughout gameplay they must tackle urgent security decisions and manage global events while simultaneously caring for their own citizens. 


To gather points students can pursue a myriad of strategies: from avoiding conflict for domestic wellbeing to cautiously collaborative strategies that maximize economic synergies while carefully checking other country's imperial motives. It is possible that every country could get a perfect score and all thrive; however (just like in the real world) that rarely happens.


Each turn students try to achieve three types of goals: (1) Cooperative Global Goals that are shared with the entire world such as ending world hunger; (2) Competitive Country Goals for excelling in a certain area such as “Most Militarily Powerful” and finally (3) Country Development Goals based on domestic factors such as citizens' health, welfare, environment, safety and education. (4) Secret Goals only their country knows about which may cause them to act in ways that create national security challenges and realist dilemmas throughout the simulation.

Domestic Factors

Every turn countries will produce resources students must decide how to invest; they’ll bump up against the classic “guns vs. butter” conundrum. They’ll also get a Quality of Life score that equates to points for their citizens' health, welfare, environment, safety and education. Unhappy citizens riot! Unhealthy citizens die of famine!

International Factors

There are pirates terrorizing the world! Ice Mountain is melting, drug cartels are decreasing healthcare ratings, and there are rumors of human trafficking! Should students utilize the U.N.? Can students navigate everyone’s hidden motives? Will students utilize soft or hard power to make their strategy unfold?

Statecraft IS creates situations where students are experiencing course concepts on a personal level and must apply the lessons they’ve learned in class to succeed. Along the way they’ll have questions about situations in the simulation like collective security or mutually assured destruction that will become prime teachable moments.

Regardless of their world ranking every student will grapple first-hand with the complex mix of international and domestic pressures that world leaders face, finishing with a much deeper understanding of International Security.

Statecraft empowers you to transform your class into an immersive, unforgettable learning experience you’ll enjoy just as much as your students.

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Demonstrate Course Concepts

Students experience important IS concepts such as security dilemmas and collective action problems first-hand and personally feel how complicated leadership truly is. In order to succeed in the simulation, they’ll have to apply course-related knowledge. 

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Engage Students

Game-like play sucks students into the simulations where they must take ownership of their learning experience. They’re empowered to excel to their own personal limits and shine. Engagement enhances the knowledge acquisition process and makes it fun!

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Save Time

The simulation is easy to set up and runs itself. You have a new tool to draw connections to course concepts and spark dynamic conversations. All-unique simulation scenarios every semester promote academic honesty. Instructor tools do tasks like grading for you. 

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Easily create an unforgettable, dynamic online class

This is a great choice for you if you’ve recently moved a class online and need an easy, effective way to spark student interest, create engagement and foster participation. It’s also a great choice if you’re unsure of what your class format will be next semester: these simulations will easily transition with you whether your class is 100% online, in-person or a blend. 

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student map interface

The Statecraft World Map is where all of the action happens! Students can log in via a desktop computer or a mobile device. The map illustrates the geographical layout of the world showing resource centers, deserts and mountains as well as the climate situation. The colored lines delineate territory zones belonging to each country. The icons mark cities, military units, landmarks and terrorist occupations. Once a student spies on a foreign country those cities and military units will also be exposed. Clicking on the icons reveals more information and there’s a detailed legend key to offer extra map guidance. 

In the nav bars at the top students can access all of the critical information for their world as well as look at their intelligence data for other countries. They’ll be able to access their Diplomacy, Military, Intelligence, Domestic and Research activities as well as manage their Resources. 

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Time-Saving Instructor Tools

Foreign Policy Attitude Test

Student Assignments

Statecraft automatically assigns students to roles based on a brief attitude test designed for optimum role fit and student collaboration during the initial signup process.

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Automated Student Prompting, Feedback & Calculations

Professors report an average of 13% time savings by using simulation tools that automatically prompt students, issue feedback, and guide outcomes.

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Automated Grading

The Statecraft system tracks all choices and outcomes and automatically reports final grades to the instructor in an excel exportable format for your convenience. 

how it works

Easy Set-up & Launch

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The Instructor's Role

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Conclusion & Grading

If you’re looking for even more detailed information, see the Resources page for the instructor manual, sample syllabus and other helpful documentation. 

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Course concepts covered

The multidimensional International Security Simulation program covers all major IS course concepts. Using the simulation creates new opportunities to demonstrate how course concepts come to life. Students are experiencing lessons first-hand so they’re more engaged and develop personal opinions about what they’re learning. Instructors report being able to have more productive lessons and more interesting conversations with students. 

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Just War Theory

The Security Dilemma


Problems of Credible Commitment




Collective Security


Mutually Assured Destruction


Reasons the Statecraft IS Simulation is so effective:

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Results you’ll experience:

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Statecraft Simulations are used in 15 countries at over 475 universities

Statecraft Project LeaderMaker

As a company, we are passionate about student success! Our mission is to engage students in social science topics in a way that ignites their curiosity, excitement for learning, and social skills regardless of their learning styles or socio-economic disadvantages. In the spirit of this mission, we founded the Statecraft Project LeaderMaker, which donates simulation accounts to low-income high schools. 

How it works:

The number of accounts donated is determined by evaluating school’s free lunch percentage and unique budget constraints. Contact Joe at [email protected] to learn more about the program. 

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