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Pre-Event Primer: Introduction to Panama Canal Crisis

Posted on April 6th, by Eusebius Luk in LIDS LIVE. No Comments

April 6, 2014 - Eusebius Luk

In anticipation of Mr. Jonathan C. Hamilton’s evening talk, The Intersection of International Development and Dispute Resolution: Complex Negotiations and Crisis Management in Latin America, at the Harvard Law School, this brief primer on the Panama Canal and its latest work stoppage crisis examines some relevant elements of this topic.

In response to rising demand for efficient global shipping routes, in 2006 then-Panamanian President Martin Torrijos proposed the Panama Canal expansion project, also referred to as the Third Set of Locks project. The $5 billion USD endeavor is expected to triple the canal’s capacity with the construction of two lock facilities and new access channels, and the widening of existing channels.

These changes are no doubt timely as South American ports prepare for expected increase in activity owing to the Pacific Alliance trade bloc becoming active. Indeed, while Panama is not among the four original members of the pact (Chile, Columbia, Mexico, and Peru), a substantial factor in its canal network’s future success may well depend on the outcome of the Pacific Alliance’s ambitions. Beyond the instant dispute is also the concern of smoothly integrating Panama into the Pacific Alliance in light of the country’s notoriety as a … Read More »

Climate Change Cheat Sheet: Social Science Edition

Posted on April 1st, by Hilary Oliva Faxon in LIDS LIVE. No Comments

April 1, 2014 - Hilary Oliva Faxon

On Monday, the IPCC WGII launched its AR5 contribution. Wait… what? Climate change science and policy is so full of jargon it’s almost impossible – yet still important – to understand what we’re on about. This week, Working Group II (WGII) of the international authority of climate science came out with a new report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. It was proceeded by a fall report from Working Group I (WGI) on the science of climate change, and will be followed later this month by Working Group III’s report on mitigation. Here are 4 things international development professionals need to know about the latest installment:


1)     The arctic is melting, but they won’t tell you that:

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is notoriously conservative. Teams of scientists review relevant research and author each chapter, which is then subject to scrutiny from global politicians before publication. In practice, this long process means reports exclude the most recent and provocative findings, and qualify their assertions with various levels of uncertainty. The first report met some criticism for excessive invocations of uncertainty, but the bottom line in both reports so far is that human-induced climate change is … Read More »

Come join disaster relief effort at Hack and Save

Posted on April 1st, by LeAnn Noh in LIDS LIVE. No Comments

April 1, 2014 – LeAnn Noh

Want to bring innovative solutions to disaster relief effort? Come join us at Hack and Save!

The Harvard School of Public Health Student Society for Refugee Health and Public Health,  Innovation, and Technology Student Forum are organizing Hack and Save this April 12th. 

Hack and Save is an ideas hack-a-thon focused on improving the quality of life of victims of disaster, disaster relief efforts, and access to medicine in disaster settings. The mission of Hack and Save is to harvest innovative and disruptive solutions to address the challenges in humanitarian efforts from the rich pool of talents in the greater Boston area.

Hack and Save is a 24-hour event that will invite experts and hackers to exchange and develop solutions for general challenges in humanitarian efforts or for specific problems posed by the organizers. Both individuals and teams are welcome to participate.  For more information and registration check out