GEOPOLITICS

When Deaths Exceed Births, Countries Can Turn to Immigration

The demography is clear: when deaths outnumber births — excluding for zero immigration — populations decline. That simple yet powerful demographic relationship is irrefutable, regardless of geography, era, economics, political ideology or religious belief. Yet many politicians around the world, who typically have short-term perspectives, particularly those living in countries facing population decline and large … Read more

TOPIC: WOMEN

One Advantage Women Have Over Men: They Live Longer

A male hang glider, above, takes off from a cliff in eastern San Diego County, California

With few exceptions, women across the world live longer than men. Globally, life expectancies of women at birth exceed men by more than four years. At age 60, women live longer than men by nearly three years. Globally, average life expectancy at birth stands at 72 years, with some 50 countries attaining levels above 80 … Read more

 

TOPIC: WOMEN

Glassed In: Why Women Are Unhappy in the Workplace

It is not only “glass ceilings” limiting women’s career progress but also “glass floors” and “glass walls” blocking gender equality in the workplace. These hurdles actually limit the entry and mobility of both women and men in predominately gender-defined jobs. If women are to achieve gender equality with men at high levels in the workplace, … Read more

TOPIC: WOMEN

Six Asian Nations Lead in Seriously Skewed Sex Ratios at Birth

An unprecedented imbalance in sex ratios of more boys than girls being born is seriously underway in six Asian countries. As the imbalances spread across reproductive and marriageable age groups, the well-being of those Asian nations, which together represent nearly two-fifths of the world’s population, is threatened. The unusually high sex ratios at birth favoring … Read more

You Have the Right to Leave Your Country: Backdrop to UN Summit on Migration

Syrian refugees in Turkey. CARITAS INTERNATIONAL

You have a right to leave your country, but you don’t have a right to enter another country. That asymmetry of human rights is a basic axiom of the global international migration system. Nearly 70 years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in Article 13, recognized everyone’s right to leave and to return to … Read more

All in Africa: The World’s 13 Highest-Mortality Countries

M'Poko camp in Central African Republic

Despite remarkable reductions in mortality, 13 sub-Saharan African countries — 1 out of every 20 people in the world — have yet to achieve life expectancies at birth of 55 years, the global average attained a half century ago. These highest-mortality countries, with Somalia leading the list, are more than 15 years behind the world’s … Read more

 

WORLDVIEWS

Gender Equality Gaps Across Borders Tell a Disturbing Story

Achieving gender equality is a commendable goal and has been incorporated in the 17 recently adopted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Gender equality, however, should not be used to detract from efforts to improve the equality of women and men across countries rather than just inside countries. Indeed, differences between men and women in key … Read more

WORLDVIEWS

Can’t the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Be Resolved?

After the failure of United States mediated peace talks, the Gaza-Israel war and the recent tensions in Jerusalem, the prospects for a near-term settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have reached an all-time low. Given those conditions, it is useful and perhaps productive to revisit and reconsider the fundamental solutions for resolving the conflict. Numbers, too, … Read more

Projecting Future Populations Requires Tracking the Past

In politics it is often said: “While the future is known, it’s the past that keeps changing.” In demography, it’s exactly the opposite: while the past is known, it’s the future that keeps changing. That is simply because population’s fundamental building blocks — births, deaths and migrations — are not fixed but vary over time … Read more

WORLDVIEWS

Israeli-Palestinian Population Growth and Its Impact on Peace

Israeli soldiers and Palestinian children, West Bank

  A large amount of news, analysis and political rhetoric is disseminated daily about the current American-initiated Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. However, comparatively little attention — and, hence, insufficient understanding — is given to a  critical aspect of the decades-old conflict: population growth. Differential rates of population growth are redefining the relative demographic standing of Arab-Israelis, … Read more

 

BOOKS

More Foodless Days Ahead, Unless ‘We’ Act Now

Cotton farmer Traore, 29, checks his cotton field outside Koutiala, Mali

Is the planet full? And how many plates are empty? These are the first two questions that came to my mind from the title of Lester R. Brown‘s new book, “Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity.” With world population now standing at 7.1 billion and projected to exceed 9.3 billion by … Read more

WORLDVIEWS

A Rockefeller Got It Right on US Population Growth

US population growth

With three major international United Nations conferences being planned or proposed to update the 1992 Rio earth summit, the 1994 Cairo population conference and the 1995 Beijing global meeting on women’s rights, the topic of population growth and its effect on the environment, human development and nations’ progress needs serious discussion. That should start in … Read more

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