Book event: Population Decline and the Remaking of Great Power Politics

Start: Monday, April 15, 2013 4:30 PM
End:   Monday, April 15, 2013 6:00 PM

You are cordially invited to a book lecture for 

Population Decline and the Remaking of Great Power Politics

with editor
Susan Yoshihara
Director, International Organizations Research Group 
Senior Vice President for Research, Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute

Monday, April 15
4:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036 
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The publisher's description follows.

Remarkably, most conventional wisdom about the shifting balance of world power virtually ignores one of the most fundamental components of power: population. The studies that do consider international security and demographic trends almost unanimously focus on population growth as a liability. In contrast, the distinguished contributors to this volume--security experts from the Naval War College, the American Enterprise Institute, and other think tanks--contend that demographic decline in key world powers now poses a profound challenge to global stability.

The countries at greatest risk are in the developed world, where birthrates are falling and populations are aging. Many have already lost significant human capital, capital that would have helped them innovate and fuel their economy, man their armed forces, and secure a place at the table of world power.

By examining the effects of diverging population trends between the United States and Europe and the effects of rapid population aging in Japan, India, and China, this book uncovers increasing tensions within the transatlantic alliance and destabilizing trends in Asian security. Thus, it argues, relative demographic decline may well make the world less, and not more, secure.  

Susan Yoshihara is director of the International Organizations Research Group and senior vice president for research at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. She is the author of Waging War to Make Peace: U.S. Intervention in Global Conflicts (2010), and her work has appeared in numerous periodicals. She received her Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. She lives in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.