10 thoughts on “Panel 3: Complex Conflicts

  1. 289. NEWTOK, Newtok Alaska and Receding Coastlines, by Erin Emory
    Comments by Jim Lee

    The layout of the case looks nice; it looks like you made a cascading style sheet (a set of pre-set features for page layout). The vertical is really wide to the right on my home computer, though it didn’t seem to be a problem when we were in the lab Friday.

    You say in Part 2 “The Yup’ik Eskimos, once a nomadic people who moved in accordance to their food sources”. Tell a story here about how the food sources determined where and how they lived; it’s a good contrast to what is happening to them now.

    Was their move in 1949 related to the Cold War and US defense interests in the northern part of the hemisphere? Why then?

    What the related of the “erosion of the Ninglick River” to climate change? I had assumed it was about sea level rising. Is it greater melting or maybe permafrost?

    Number and title the graphics. I would put the graphic and the title in a 1×2 table, you could even hide the borders. Add some margins around the graphic.

    Who is Stanly Tom? What is the issue? Expand the moment.

    The video is a good addition; tell the reader what is in it they should think about regarding it.

    For the sea level rise maps, which are very clear, can you place Newtok? You could use some of the map editing programs I noted to do it.

    Your causal loop shows a problem that will only get worse. Even if the Yu’Pik move, they’ll probably need to move again. What’s the future for these people? Seems like this relates to our discussion on the Arctic and the future of indigenous peoples.

    What do the red dots represent on the Alaska map in part 13?

    For the related cases, say a bit about why they are relevant.

    There is a great story here and you are starting to tell it. I think you can add more on the nature and the future of their conflict. Their situation is emblematic of the conditions that will face many communities in the north. Can you make any connections?

  2. 292. Lanka-Civil:
    Connor, I thought that you had a really clear and clean-looking layout for your case study. Your choice of visuals were also very helpful, though maybe you could label them and perhaps explain them a bit more thoroughly? What is the map in section 6 illustrating? Though you still have to finish and expand upon some sections, I think you have a pretty solid rough draft.

  3. 297. PARA– Emily,
    I thought you did a good job summarizing the conflict and relaying the important points to the reader. I couldn’t see your visuals though, do you have them saved in your image5 folder? And I’m sure you just haven’t had much of chance to work on your page a lot with finals, but I think it spicing it up with some different background/text colors would enhance the appearance. Good luck with this and the rest of your finals!

  4. Erin I liked that your case focused on how climate change will impact small communities, and the kind of micro-level conflict that would ensue from climate change impacts on those communities. I feel that we as a society spend a lot of time talking about the macro-level implications of climate change in terms of temperature and sea level changes and the number of persons that will be displaced but we rarely actually discuss the communities that are most likely to be affected by these changes early on, and are also the least likely to be represented in government. Perhaps IOs and national governments need to begin thinking about creating a comprehensive strategy/budget for the relocation of these populations? Do you foresee the issues threatening the people of Newtok being of interest to the general public in America because of its broader implications, or do you believe that it will remain little known to those outside its immediate effects?

  5. Erin, your website is quite aesthetically pleasing. I think you did a good job with the color scheme and layout. Additionally, I like that you included some relevant videos to your page, and I think it’s a good idea to describe the videos themselves within your story. I also like that your causal loop diagrams are more than just circles and black and white. It makes them more interesting to understand.

    At the end of your description paragraph you say that Newtok does not qualify for funding to improve existing structures. Is it possible to describe why they do not qualify, or the conditions required to qualify?

    Really good job so far! I’m looking forward to seeing the final product.

  6. 292. LANKA-CIVIL, Flooding, Drought, and Civil Conflict in Sri Lanka, by Conner Lawrence

    Very nice looking layout and placing the causal diagram up front makes a lot of sense. Need a “title” for page display in browser top window.

    I would think about the impacts on leading agricultural export products. Sri Lanka is the world’s biggest tea exporter and one of the largest of coconut products (even the husks). I would think that tea is highly susceptible to changes in temperature.

    In part 4, say more about this map. I think the LTTE claimed more land than indicated, including large parts of the conflict zone. Note the map shows a seeming connection between Sri Lanka and India, but it’s actually just a ferry between islands and low lying shoals. It’s a formation called Adam’s bridge that was once a land connection between the two but with the rising of the seas after the end of the Ice Age, it became submerged. The first Sri Lankans walked there.

    I’ve seen some cases where Word documents put in weird characters. I notice in Part 6, there is a “Sri Lanka’s” for example.

    Could there be extreme monsoon events?

    There are some distinct climate zones in Sri Lanka. The Northeast is semi-arid.

    Any estimates on total conflict deaths from the Tamil-Sinhalese War? Discuss India’s involvement; the Tamils in turn assassinated Rajiv Ghandhi. There was also a separate political war that was from 1987-89 with the JVP, a Marxist group.

    Do you have any mini-cases from the Northeast that can help tell how ethnicity and climate changes might all collide, or are already doing it?

    You have some good material here, fine-tune it.

  7. 289. Newtok – Erin E.

    I really like the layout of your website. It looksgreat! I like how you draw out the aspects of structural violence in the Newtok dispute. My only suggestion is too give a little more information about the last map of Alaska with the red dots. Otherwise, very clear and thorough. I like the inclusion of the videos, they really help tell the story.

  8. Connor, I really liked your visuals. It helped me better visualize the issue sat hand and the dynamics of the case. You could write more about the actors involved. It would be interesting to see their influence and involvement with the case.

  9. Erin, I think that its so surprising that the US has let this slip by and get to bad. Can’t believe that these people are stuck in the system because of bureaucracy and funding. It is interesting to see that native peoples are marginalized and how other types of societies will handle climate change too.

  10. Emily:
    I like the concept that climate change is being exacerbated by human activity. This differs I think to most of our approaches which view climate change as this unchangeable force. I think there might be more elements of conflict here though, can you foresee any chance of violent conflict occurring in the future? Is there ethnic diversity here that might lead to conflict?

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