9 thoughts on “Panel 2: Rivers and Dams

  1. 291. KURA-ARAKS, Kura-Araks Basin: Diplomatic Degradation and the Compounding Impact of Climate Change, by Skylar Hurwitz
    Comments by Jim Lee

    The top bar looks a bit odd with some in the table left aligned and some centered. Think about the color scheme.

    In part 2 there seem to be two historical grievances: Armenia-Azerbaijan and Turkey-Armenia.
    So what were the recommendations from the conference?

    Number and title the maps, discuss them with some more context.

    Say more on why 2050 or 2100 might be high points of conflict in the region. It might be more of a function of socio-economics than climate.

    Say about the conflict from the past and how they might be part of future conflicts. Or will there be new conflicts?

    The causal loop is a good road map for the conflict. It suggests some cyclical activity.
    It seems like you need an end statement of conclusion about where this is going. It’s a unique situation in a neglected part of the world. Could it play a bigger role. What about Georgia and their conflicts with Russia? Could there be some spillover between Caucuses conflict, or even into Chechnya?

    Find some good related cases and give some detail how this fits into the pattern of these other ICE cases. I think there are some mini-case studies here that can be expanded. Are there some communities in basin that have a past history of conflict and a future one? How will climate change alter what seems to be a long-term conflict? I think you have a rich story here.

  2. Case 296: “Kosi River” by Ryan Saunders. Comment by Skylar.

    There is hardly any information available in this case study to comment on currently. As this is obviously a work in progress, I would not that the only real comment I can make is that your heading is formatted strangely. You have some things centered while other things are left-aligned. Also, the red and green contrast of the current heading is hard on the eyes.

    Additionally, I would guess that there are some non-sovereign actors involved in this dispute. So far you have listed China, Nepal and India as actors, but given the situation in Tibet, I am guessing there would be another non-sovereign actor involved.

  3. Case 298: “Brahamaputra” by Allison Wentzl. Comment by Skylar.

    The first thing I would say is that your map is great. You clearly indicate the areas of conflict, making it easy for the reader to visualize how your case study is playing out. Additional information explaining your map would help significantly in increasing the efficacy of the image.

    Your abstract has numerous grammatical errors as well, though the content is good. This is clearly still a work in progress so there isn’t much else to comment on.
    You offer some policy recommendations at the end; however, you could use to explain them a bit better. If India were to stop damming, what would their alternative energy source be?

    All in all, this seems headed in the right direction. I am curious to read more about this conflict once it is completed.

  4. 298. BRAHMAPTURA, The Brahamputra River, Inter-State Conflict, and Climate Change, by Allison Wentzell

    I think your case is about dams. Maybe say that up front.

    Maybe have a graphic is the description to give some visual context.

    Your causal loop tells the story. What is the worst that could happen? Maybe move that to the top of the case.
    With sea level rise and glacial flooding this is a potentially disaster area.

  5. Kura-Araks Basin

    Overall this seems like a very strong case. I think your graphics could be better, none of them had a key and the descriptions were a bit confusing. Also, even though this case is still in progress I would have liked to see some possible outcomes that might happen and how they would have to happen.

    Overall, this is a very strong case study.

  6. Ali, its interesting to see how states will use political power to triumph and over come their state issues rather than working together to resolve it as an international issue. There will definitely be a “pick on the little guy” mentality in this type of problem solving. I think policies to share the river is optimal, but very unlikely. It could worsen the situation with more civil conflict against both groups

  7. Kosi River

    First, the background color is a bit harsh and distracting, at least to me. Obviously whether you decide to change it or not is your choice, but I just wanted to point it out.

    The second suggestion I would make is to label your graphics using a caption. There is one point where you label the flooded farm land just in your text, and it created a lot of unnecessary negative space in your page.

    Finally, the sections that you have written about are clear and concise while still providing a lot of information about the issue.

  8. Brahmaputra River Case:

    I like the black border you had on your photos. It makes them easier on the eyes to view.

    You offer a great potential solution, but obviously as you point out in your case, the situation is very complex, and in the absence of a major breakthrough in relations, it is unlikely the conflict will end in any good favor for Bangladesh.

  9. 291 Kura-Araks
    Your case really highlights how the shifting political element of water issues and climate change can spiral into a feedback loop. This case, in part a casualty of the breakup of the Soviet Union is very interesting because water sharing issues obviously got so much more complicated, but would have fallen by the wayside in the immediate aftermath of the formation of the new states. It is unfortunate that as the conflict has gotten more intense in this sensitive region that climate change will add such an additional strain to the whole system and all parties involved.

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