On Feb. 21, 2014, Dr. Michael Conniff, professor of history at San José State University and previous director of the Global Studies Initiative, presented his research on Panama, "What Happens when the United States Gives a Small Country What It Wants." Conniff has published a number of books on modern history, including “A History of Modern Latin America” (2005), “Africans in the Americas” (2003) and “Panama and the United States" (2012). In his presentation, he explained that the answer to the question is "Panama is doing just fine, thank you." Since 1999, Panama’s Canal Authority has maintained security at the Canal with professionalism. It is currently finalizing construction of new locks that will reshape the shipping industry as it vies to build ships larger than the tradition "Panamax,” which has been the standard since the Canal was inaugurated in 1914.