Three steps to better New Year’s resolutions

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

What can the older persons’ lobby learn from the quest for disability rights?

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?

Greek financial crisis worsening migration crisis

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

Is Russia’s Older Population Driving Putin’s Aggression?

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 Sun Hasn’t Set on China

See original post at 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

Global threats exist, but also many demographic opportunities for the U.S.

See original post at 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.