Emerging Global Challenges

Population shifts in states can increase stability or lead to social unrest. Stimson experts examine how populations shifts impact political, economic, and social change in countries around the world.


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Current Research

August 10, 2017 | EXPERT: Jesse Marks

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April 28, 2014 | EXPERT: Richard Cincotta

The spike in high international food prices, in late 2010, which coincided with the demonstrations and regime changes in North Africa has become a popular explanation for the initiation of the Arab Spring. READ MORE

December 13, 2013 | EXPERT: Richard Cincotta

It would be hard to conjure up a more grave and immediate set of peacetime challenges than those that Israel faces today-from the advances in Iran's nuclear program, to the political instabilities that continue to play out along the length of its borders. Yet, the outcome of the January 2013 election of the 19th Knesset appears to have been shaped less by the Israeli public's perceptions of foreign threats, and more by its domestic concerns. READ MORE

October 15, 2012 | EXPERT: Richard Cincotta

Iran's domestic policies affecting reproduction and women's rights have taken several abrupt twists and turns since the revolution of 1980. READ MORE

August 22, 2012 | EXTERNAL: Jonathan Potton

Burma (officially called Myanmar), a country plagued by internal political turmoil, is at a point where changes in its demography may improve its chance for democracy. READ MORE

November 10, 2011

By Richard Cincotta - The global distribution of intrastate conflicts is not what it used to be. READ MORE

May 25, 2011 | EXTERNAL: Andrew Houk , EXTERNAL: Andrew Marshall , , EXTERNAL: Courtney C. Radsch , EXPERT: David Michel , EXPERT: Ellen Laipson , EXTERNAL: James C. Clad , EXPERT: Mona Yacoubian , EXPERT: Richard Cincotta , EXTERNAL: Robert Grenier

The momentous events sweeping the Arab world since late 2010 raise important questions about the art and science of analyzing political and societal events. READ MORE

November 24, 2010

The "demographic arc of instability" is created by highlighting countries with exceptionally young populations. READ MORE

July 22, 2010

By Elizabeth Cutler - The U.S. strategy to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan will require the U.S. READ MORE

April 19, 2010 | EXPERT: Amit Pandya

The stereotype of Muslim Indians is that of a relatively quiescent minority that has made its peace with its larger national non-Muslim context of contemporary India. Muslim Indians see something larger. READ MORE

September 15, 2009

By Eric Lief - Among billed centerpieces of this year's G8 summit, world hunger is hardly a new topic for international political and policy focus. READ MORE

June 24, 2009

Christian Koch, Gulf Research Center, United Arab Emirates, talks about Middle Eastern trends, governance and sources of instability. READ MORE

July 1, 2008 | EXPERT: Amit Pandya , EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

This volume presents views from disciplines as varied as science, journalism, economics, epidemiology, and on issues as diverse as fisheries, climate change, public health, and terrorism. READ MORE

October 18, 2007

By Ellen Laipson - A new study by Population Action International, The Shape of Things to Come, looks at decades of data on age structures of countries, the demographic "shape" of countries at different historic moments and different stages of development. READ MORE

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