What is PoNG?

The Project on Nuclear Gaming (PoNG) studies nuclear deterrence and escalation dynamics using three types of analytic games:

Scenario-Based Discussion

Discussions provide participants with a venue for role-playing conflict escalation through in-person interactions.

Table-Top Exercise

The board game is a structured environment to simulate conventional and nuclear conflict through diplomacy, signaling and action.


The online version of the board game to recruit players from across the world to simulate conventional and nuclear conflict.

Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York