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
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
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?
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
Buy the book on Amazon Along with Geoffrey Dabelko and Carolyn Lamere (my former student!), I published a chapter in the excellent book, Environmental Security. We trace the evolution of population within the environmental security debate and provide what I hope is a great history and analysis of how it has fit in over the… Continue reading Population and environmental security
See original post at HuffingtonPost.com Recent news of China’s economic slowdown has many American defense analysts predicting the end of the Chinese challenge to U.S. dominance in world affairs. These predictions are based, in part, on China’s rapid population aging and signs of internal political fissures, both of which call into question China’s ability to… Continue reading The Sun Hasn’t Set on China
See original post at HuffingtonPost.com Events like the Arab Spring gave birth to a generation of demographic converts in the national security community. Many are now convinced that demography matters because demographers today can clearly show how youthful population profiles in the developing world could lead to conflicts over the next 20 years — a… Continue reading Global threats exist, but also many demographic opportunities for the U.S.