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.
This summer I was part of an excellent special edition of International Area Studies Review journal focusing on population and politics. My contribution offered a counterintuitive argument: an older population might make a country more aggressive, not more passive. Here's the abstract: In May 2006, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia’s dire demographics were the… Continue reading Is Russia’s Older Population Driving Putin’s Aggression?
The second article of my global aging advocacy project is out now in the International Journal of Human Rights. The aged remain one of the few vulnerable groups without formalized protection in their own covenant. Attempts to secure a UN declaration on older persons’ rights in 1948, 1991, and 1999 failed to gain traction, but… Continue reading Why All This Talk about Elder Rights?
My new article on global advocacy for older people is out in the journal Social Movement Studies. I hope this is the first of many articles on this fascinating topic. If we really expect that population aging will lead older people to take over politics, then shouldn't we already see the influence global advocacy groups?… Continue reading The Power of the Old Persons’ Lobby