This post was originally published in the LA Times (2/21/17) President Trump keeps reiterating his pledge to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico. He and his supporters have in mind a barrier that will keep Mexican immigrants out of the country. They should be thinking instead of a wall that will… Continue reading Wall IN those immigrants!!
Huge thanks to Laura Vanderkam, one of my favorite authors on time management, for letting me guest post on her blog! One of the items that has made it onto my New Year's Resolution list every year as long as I can remember is to write a novel. Not to start writing a novel, FINISH… Continue reading How to write a book in a year
Originally on Huffington Post 1/2/17 Like just about everyone, I’ve spent some time this week coming up with my New Year’s resolutions. I have goals I’m happy to share in casual cocktail party conversation, and others that I generally reserve for my private journal. I will now make those public. Truthfully? In 2017, I… Continue reading Three steps to better New Year’s resolutions
I don't like to overplan my reading list. For me, nothing beats the thrill of exploring the new book tables at the public library and choosing something on a whim (and with that statement, my closest friends are ashamed to associate with me). However, I do keep a list of books highly recommended by friends, NPR, or the NYT… Continue reading 17 books to read in 2017
See original on HuffingtonPost.com Every year during Christmas, I'm struck by how important demographic data have been in shaping the course of history, often for the worse. The Bible verses we hear during Advent lay out how King Herod was able to use public records to seek out and kill all the boys aged two and under… Continue reading The dangerous demography of Christmas
I basically abandoned Netflix in 2016 ("What?! You haven't seen THE CROWN?!") and vowed to read more instead. I did. And I read some really good stuff. Not surprising that I enjoyed most of what I read because when you have two little ones and a full-time job, there's no room in your life for… Continue reading Best books of 2016
Link to the article pdf here In the Fall 2016 issue of the Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs, I have a brief comment on how Japan's population aging hasn't slowed down their national security ambitions as much as you might think.
Link to article here and contact me if you'd like a copy. I published an article in the Journal of Human rights that assesses the outcome of the proposed UN Convention on the Rights of Older People (CROP) by comparing its political, economic, and social contexts with those of the 2006 Convention on the Rights… Continue reading What can the older persons’ lobby learn from the quest for disability rights?
See original article at The Washington Post here Greece’s problems are many. Thanks to the financial crisis, citizens have endured long ATM lines and shortages in stores. Greece may be the last place in Europe equipped to handle its newest problem: record numbers of migrants, particularly Syrians, arriving daily by boat. Since the beginning of… Continue reading Greek financial crisis worsening migration crisis
We know there are a lot of links between a state's age structure and its behavior. Does this relationship extend to alliances? Along with Dr. TongFi Kim, I published an article in International Interactions showing that there is indeed a strong relationship. Youthful states are much more likely to abrogate alliances than states with older age structures.