Strategic Gaming 2021: South China Sea Dispute through the lens of Diplomacy


On the weekend of 6/7 November 2021, the Strategic Gaming on the South China Sea dispute, convened by the EcoS lecturers Alfred Gerstl and Martin Mandl, took place at the Department of East Asian Studies.

52 Bachelor and Master students from EcoS, Japanese, Korean, Chinese Studies, Geography, International Development, and Political Science represented nine countries and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). They realistically defended their national interests, but were nevertheless able to find consensus to resolve the major contested issues.

The Strategic Gaming was stressful, challenging - but above all: a lot of FUN, as the student feedback shows! Most importantly, students learned a lot about the South China Sea dispute and its impacts on the international system.

We received great feedback from some of these year's participants, and we would also like to share it with you:

  • "There should be more such courses!" [original in German]
  • "A varied blend of scientific work, creativity, practical experience, and knowledge acquisition”

As some of the disputes remain unresolved, we hope to repeat the Strategic Gaming in 2022/23. To see more photos from this course, check our official Facebook post.

EcoS Team

SG ©Alfred Gerstl

SG ©Alfred Gerstl