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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.

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Mainstream thinking about changes in the balance of world power typically leaves out population, one of the primary components of power. And, as the authors contend, studies that do address international security and demographic shifts generally consider population growth as a detriment. Their argument is that the opposite is true: population decline in world powers are a serious threat to world stability. Further, they say, countries in the developed world are facing the most risk as birthrates drop and populations grow older --translating into a loss of human capital to support and contribute to their economy, provide military personnel, and maintain a place among the ranks of world powers. Editors Yoshihara (International Organizations Research Group), Sylva (Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute), and eight security experts contributed to the book. Distributed by Books International. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Yoshihara, Susan (edt)
Potomac Books
Yoshihara, Susan
Sociology - General
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
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