All the World’s a Game
From Diplomacy to “Sex With Stalin,” board and video games have long drawn from the wild world of international politics.
In their crudest form, world politics—and especially great-power affairs—may seem like a game. It’s no surprise, then, that they served as inspiration for the classic military board games of the 20th century, which have made a resurgence during the pandemic, with new users finding escapism in the strategic tabletop games of the past. But games that may appeal to the current and future foreign-policy set expand far beyond Risk and Axis & Allies.
Many (web)pages of Foreign Policy have been devoted to these new games, which range from cheeky and wonkish to meditative and mournful—some even seeking to address historical trauma. Over the past few years, we’ve covered a board game used to train future U.S. defense strategists, a late 2020 release named Sex With Stalin, and many a game in between.