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Snapshot,
Alexandra Harney

Japan has two problems: It is rapidly aging, and its older citizens will not let politicians do anything about it. The country's leaders must start thinking less about elderly voters and more about young families, or Japan's economic prospects will remain grim.

Essay, Mar/Apr 2013
Jerry Z. Muller

Inequality is rising across the post-industrial capitalist world. The problem is not caused by politics and politics will never be able to eliminate it. But simply ignoring it could generate a populist backlash. Governments must accept that today as ever, inequality and insecurity are the inevitable results of market operations. Their challenge is to find ways of shielding citizens from capitalism's adverse consequences -- even as they preserve the dynamism that produces capitalism's vast economic and cultural benefits in the first place.

Comment, May/June 2012
Steven Philip Kramer

Populations throughout the developed world are aging and shrinking, with dire consequences. Yet decline is not inevitable. Even in the industrialized world, governments can encourage childbearing through policies that let women reconcile work and family.

Letter From,
Joshua Yaffa

The economic boom that took place under the watch of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin gave birth to a new middle class in Russia. But now, in the run-up to Sunday’s presidential election, that very group has turned against him and taken to the streets.

Essay, Nov/Dec 2011
Nicholas Eberstadt

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has been gripped by a devastating population crisis. The country's demographic decline will undermine the Kremlin's plans for economic and military modernization -- and could make Moscow more dangerous in the international arena.

Review Essay, Jul/Aug 2011
Sandy Hornick

New books by Witold Rybczynski and Edward Glaeser celebrate the ever-changing American urban experience. In proposing how to revitalize modern cities, however, both books underplay the critical role of the government.

Essay, Nov/Dec 2010
Nicholas Eberstadt

Global demographics in the twenty-first century will be defined by steep declines in fertility rates. Many countries will see their populations shrink and age. But relatively high fertility rates and immigration levels in the United States, however, may mean that it will emerge with a stronger hand.

Essay, Mar/Apr 2010
Ehud Yaari

Rather than pursuing a final-status deal now, Israel and the Palestinian Authority should agree to establish a Palestinian state within temporary armistice boundaries. Without it, the Palestinians may abandon the idea of a two-state solution altogether.

Essay, Jan/Feb 2010
Jack A. Goldstone

A series of looming demographic trends will greatly affect international security in the twenty-first century. How policymakers adjust to these changes now will determine the course of global political and economic stability for years to come.

Snapshot,
Christian Le Mière

Recent violence in China's western provinces shows that the state's dual policy of migration and development has failed. A political solution for Xinjiang and Tibet, however, could be closer than Beijing may think.

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