Rex J Brynen
PhD, University of Calgary
Summer 2021 office hours
- Email me for a virtual appointment via Skype or Zoom.
My office is located in Leacock 510—but I won't be there!. I can be reached by email at rex.brynen(at)mcgill.ca.
While I am always pleased to write letters of reference for former and current students, I receive literally hundreds of such requests each year. Consequently, I require a minimum of three weeks notice between receipt of all relevant materials (forms, unofficial transcript, CV) and mail-out.
- Conflict simulation and serious game design.
- Security and development in fragile and conflict-affected states.
- Middle East politics: Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon; Arab-Israeli peace process (with special emphasis on development assistance and refugees); regional conflict, security and development in the Middle East; authoritarianism and democratization in the Arab world.
- Intelligence analysis and strategic forecasting.
- READY Initiative (2020-21)
- Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council (2016-18)
- Interdepartmental Experts Group on Middle East Intelligence, Intelligence Assessment Staff, Privy Council Office (1995-2018)
- Special Advisor, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (1995-96)
- Political and Security Policy Staff, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (1994-95)
- Short-term consultant to: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian International Development Agency, Department of National Defence, Defence Research & Development Canada, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (UK Ministry of Defence), Global Affairs Canada, International Development Research Centre, Privy Council Office, NATO, Slitherine Software, US Department of State, World Bank, various United Nations agencies, and others.
- Challenges of the Developing World, 9th ed. (with Howard Handelman). New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.
- The Palestinian Refugee Problem: The Search for Resolution (co-editor and contributor, with Roula el-Rifai). London: Pluto Books, 2013.
- Compensation to Palestinian Refugees and the Search for Palestinian-Israeli Peace (co-editor and contributor, with Roula el-Rifai). London: Pluto Books, 2013.
- Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democratization in the Arab World (coauthor with Pete Moore, Bassel Salloukh, and Marie-Joelle Zahar). Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2012.
- Palestinian Refugees: Challenges of Repatriation and Development (co-editor and contributor, with Roula el-Rifai). London: I.B. Tauris, 2007.
- Persistent Permeability? Regionalism, Localism, and Globalization in the Middle East (co-editor and contributor, with Bassel Salloukh). London: Ashgate, 2004.
- A Very Political Economy: Peacebuilding and Foreign Aid in the West Bank and Gaza. Washington DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2000.
- Political Liberalization and Democratization in the Arab World, Volume 2: Comparative Experiences, (co-editor and contributor, with Bahgat Korany and Paul Noble), Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1998.
- Political Liberalization and Democratization in the Arab World, Volume 1: Theoretical Perspectives, (co-editor and contributor, with Bahgat Korany and Paul Noble). Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1995.
- The Many Faces of National Security in the Arab World. (coeditor and contributor, with Bahgat Korany and Paul Noble). London: Macmillan, 1993.
- Echoes of the Intifada: Regional Repercussions of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. (editor, and contributor with Neil Caplan) Boulder: Westview Press, 1991.
- Sanctuary and Survival: The PLO in Lebanon. Boulder: Westview Press, 1990.
Serious Games (selected)
- Delivering the Needle: COVID-19 vaccine national tabletop exercise (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2020)
- Red Mirage US election simulation (The New Yorker, 2020)
- African Swine Fever (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 2020)
- MaGCK: Matrix Game Construction Kit (The Game Crafter, 2017)
- Diplomatic Challenges in the South China Sea (Global Affairs Canada, 2017)
- AFTERSHOCK Expansion #1: Gender Dimensions of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (The Game Crafter, 2016)
- AFTERSHOCK: A Humanitarian Crisis Game (The Game Crafter, 2015)
Articles and Book Chapters
- “Gaming ‘Fog and Friction’: How Simulations Enhance Student Learning of Complex Policy Processes.” In Matthew Schnurr and Ann Macleod, eds., Simulations and Student Learning: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2021).
“Virtual Paradox: How Digital War Has Reinvigorated Analogue Wargaming,” Digital War (Summer 2020).
- "Crisis in Galasi - Simulating the Urban Dimensions of Religious Conflict." In Mick Dumper, ed., Contested Holy Cities: Urban Dimensions of Religious Conflicts (London: Routledge, 2019).
- “Democracy and Security in the post-Arab Spring Middle East.” In Anders Jägerskog, Michael Schulz, and Ashok Swain, eds.,The Routledge Handbook on Middle Eastern Security (London: 2019).
- "Crisis on the game board – a novel approach to teach medical students about disaster medicine." (with Simon Drees and Karin Geffert). GMS Journal for Medical Education 35, 4 (2018).
- “ISIS Crisis: Using a Matrix Game to Explore Contemporary Conflict.” In John Curry, Chris Engle, and Peter Perla, eds., The Matrix Game Handbook: Professional Applications from Education to Analysis and Wargaming (History of Wargaming Project, 2018).
- "Compensation for Palestinian Refugees: Law, Politics, and Praxis," Israel Law Review 51, 1 (2018).
- "Here (Very Likely) Be Dragons: The Challenges of Strategic Forecasting." In Thomas Juneau, ed., Strategic Analysis and International Policy-Making: Case Studies in Achieving Analytical Relevance (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).
- "Gaming the Non-Kinetic." In Pat Harrigan and Matthew Kirschenbaum, eds., Zones of Control: Wargaming in Analog and Digital Worlds (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2016).
- “Role-Play Games and Simulations in International Relations: An Overview,” Revista Española de Desarrollo y Cooperación 35 (Winter 2015).
- "Teaching About Peace Operations," International Peacekeeping 21, 4 (2014).
- "UNRWA as Avatar: Current Debates on the Agency — and their Implications." In Sari Hanafi, Leila Hilal, and Lex Takkenberg., eds. UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees: From Relief and Works to Human Development. London: Routledge, 2014.
- "Games, Simulations, and Peacebuilding" (with Gary Milante). Simulation & Gaming 44, 1 (February 2013).
- "Gaming Middle East Conflict," Middle East Journal, 67, 1 (Winter 2013).
- "Refugees." In Joel Peters and David Newman, eds. The Routledge Handbook on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. (London: Routledge, 2012).
- “The Iraq War and (non)Democratization in the Arab World.” In Mokhtar Lamani and Bessma Momani, eds. From Desolation to Reconstruction: Iraq’s Troubled Journey (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010).
- (Ending) Civil War in the Classroom: A Peacebuilding Simulation, PS: Political Science & Politics 43 (January 2010).
- “Palestine: Building Neither Peace Nor State” In Charles Call and Vanessa Hawkins Wyeth, eds., Building States to Build Peace (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008).
- “Aid as Carrot, Aid as Stick: The Politics of Aid Conditionality in the Palestinian Territories," Accord (2008).
- “Canada's Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process”. In Paul Heinbecker and Bessma Momani, eds, Canada and the Middle East: In Theory and Practice (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007).
- “Managing Public Resources: The Experience of the Palestinian “Proto-State””. In James Boyce and Madalene O’Donnell, eds, Peace and the Public Purse: Economic Policies for Postwar Statebuilding (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007).
- (with David Romano) “The Palestinians: Finding No Freedom in Liberation” In Ray Hinnebusch and Rick Fawn, eds. The Iraq War: Causes and Consequences (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006).
- “Perspectives on Palestinian Refugee Repatriation” In Mick Dumper, ed. Palestinian Refugee Repatriation: Global Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2006).
- “Donor Assistance: Lessons from Palestine for Afghanistan.” In Gerd Junne and Willemijn Verkoren, eds, Post Conflict Development: Meeting New Challenges (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2004).
- "Cluster-bombs and Sandcastles: Kramer on the Future of Middle East Studies in America" Middle East Journal, Spring 2002.
- "Mirror, Mirror? The Politics of TV Science Fiction." In David Schultz, ed., It's Showtime! Media, Politics and Popular Culture (Baltimore: Peter Lang, 2000).
- "Palestine." (with Hisham Awartani and Clare Woodcraft). In Shepard Forman and Stewart Patrick, eds., Good Intentions: Pledges of Aid for Post-Conflict Recovery. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000.
- "Building Economic Peace and Regional Security: The Primacy of Politics" [in Arabic]. In Augustus Richard Norton, ed., al-Amin fi al-sharq al-awsat: tawjihat jadidah [Security in the Middle East: New Directions]. Palestinian Council on Foreign Relations, 1999.
- "Recent Political Developments." In World Bank, Development Under Adversity? The Palestinian Economy in Transition (Washington, DC: World Bank,1998).
- "Much Ado about Nothing? The Refugee Working Group and the Perils of Multilateral Quasinegotiation," International Negotiations 2, 2 (November 1997).
- "Imagining a Solution: Final Status Arrangements and Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon," Journal of Palestine Studies 26, 2 (Winter 1997).
- (with Jill Tansley) "The Refugee Working Group of the Middle East Multilateral Peace Negotiations," Israel-Palestine Journal 2, 4 (Autumn 1995).
- "The Neopatrimonial Dimensions of Palestinian Politics," Journal of Palestine Studies 25, 1 (1995).
- "The Palestinians and Confidence-Building Measures in the Arab-Israeli Conflict", in G. Ben-Dor and D. Dewitt, eds, Confidence and Security Building in the Middle East: The Arab-Israeli Nexus (Boulder: Westview Press, 1994).
- "Economic Crisis and Post-Rentier Democratization in the Arab World: The Case of Jordan", Canadian Journal of Political Science, 35, 1 (1992).
- (with Paul Noble) "The Gulf Conflict and the Arab State System: A New Regional Order?" Arab Studies Quarterly13, 1-2 (Winter/Spring 1991).
- "Palestine and the Arab State System: Permeability, State Consolidation, and Responses to the Intifada", Canadian Journal of Political Science, (1991).
- Exploring US Engagement in the Middle East: A Crisis Simulation. Washington, DC: Atlantic Council, September 2016.
- Building a Better Relationship: Palestinian Refugees, Lebanon, and the Role of the International Community, Ottawa: International Development Research Centre, 2009.
- The Past as Prelude? Negotiating the Palestinian Refugee Issue, Chatham House Briefing Paper, June 2008.
- The Regional Dimension of the Palestinian Refugee Issue: Simulation Exercise Report. Chatham House, June 2008.
- “Diasporas and Domestic Security: Implications for Host Countries.” Paper presented to the Metropolis Interconference Seminar on Immigrants and Homeland, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 9-11 May 2002.
- Aid Effectiveness in the West Bank and Gaza. Washington DC: World Bank, June 2000. (principal author). Front material, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6
- "Compensation as Part of a Comprehensive Solution to the Palestinian Refugee Problem." Workshop Report, IDRC/PRRN, July 1999. (available on PRRN)
Online Materials (selection)
- "Gaming a Contentious American Election," PAXsims, 11 November 2020.
- "A “horrible, one-sided deal”: A US-Iran matrix game," PAXsims, 30 June 2019.
- "Wargaming and Representation," PAXsims, 20 June 2019,
- "Diplomatic Challenges in the South China Sea," PAXsims, 10 October 2017.
- "Experimenting with DIRE STRAITS," PAXsims, 7 October 2017.
- "Dissecting DIRE STRAITS," PAXsims, 9 September 2017.
- "Exploring matrix games for mass atrocity prevention and response," PAXsims, 4 June 2016.
- "Gender and national security gaming," PAXsims, 5 March 2016.
- "AFTERSHOCK," PAXsims.
- "ISIS Crisis at McGill," PAXsims, 8 March 2015.
- "Israel and UNRWA," Palestinian Refugee ResearchNet, 8 August 2014.
- "Neutrality," Palestinian Refugee ResearchNet, 30 July 2014.
- "Gaming the Crisis in the Ukraine," PAXsims, 17 March 2014.
- "Gaming Political Science," PAXsims, 23 February 2014.
- "Humanitarian Crisis Game: Beta Release," PAXsims, 29 September 2013.
- "Video Game Wars,” CNN Global Public Square, 23 January 2012.
- "Palestinian Refugees and the Right of Return," Palestinian Refugee ResearchNet, 26 January 2011.
- "Reflections on EVOKE," PAXsims, 19 June 2010.