Societies have long sought security from droughts and floods, says John Briscoe. All now-rich countries built platforms of sufficient water infrastructure and robust institutions; all still-poor countries struggle on both accounts. In his talk, Briscoe will review some lessons of experience and appraise the challenges facing rich and poor countries in a changing world. He will conclude with an assessment of how a university like Harvard might engage.
John Briscoe teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on water management and development. In 2010, he was nominated for the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize from the Harvard Undergraduate Council.