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Overview: This week we will turn our attention to the day-to-day operations of i

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Overview: This week we will turn our attention to the day-to-day operations of international actors in a human rights crisis. After six weeks, we are now ready to look at an actual case and analyze the role of various organizations responding to it. Assignment Details: We will use the conflict in Panama over the building of Hydroelectric dams on Ngabe Bugle lands, since it is recent, widely reported, and involved a complex interaction of major actors. . To familiarize yourself with the background and humanitarian needs created by this disaster, I recommend you follow the following steps: 1. Access Web Resources within Course Materials 2. Conduct a World Wide Web Search of the case 3. You may also check out the hundreds of Internet sites that deal with indigenous rights. Your assignment will be to assume a role as a representative of the Panamanian Government, United Nations Official or transnational NGO, a leader of the ngabe bugle, OAS official, a United States Representative and offer a position paper (4 pages) on the following points: 1. The historical facts of the crisis 2. The gap between the positions held by the major parties. 3. The impact of continued conflict or resolution 4. A recommendation

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