Impact of Changing World Demographics on Security and Stability

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Create and release your Profile on Zintellect – Postdoctoral applicants must create an account and complete a profile in the on-line application system.  Please note: your resume/CV may not exceed 2 pages.

Complete your application – Enter the rest of the information required for the IC Postdoc Program Research Opportunity. The application itself contains detailed instructions for each one of these components: availability, citizenship, transcripts, dissertation abstract, publication and presentation plan, and information about your Research Advisor co-applicant.

Application Deadline
3/31/2017 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

While the population of much of the developing world continues to increase due to persistently high fertility rates, most of the developed world is facing the opposite problem: native populations that are or will be declining and ageing as well. This demographic decline extends to varying extents to other less-developed regions as well, including Latin America and parts of the Middle East. While much attention has been paid on the long-term economic and political impact of this trend, less has been paid on how this will influence intra-regional and international relations. This research would address the impact of demographic changes within affected regions on the international economic, security, and political order.

Example Approaches:

Demographic data sources are available through the UN, WHO and World Bank as well as other NGO or think tank open source data on historical trends and make-up.

Potential Approaches could use any of the above data sets and examine how demographic factors over time or by region could impact:

  • The formulation of foreign or security policy, to include adoption of more isolationist policies.
  • The potential for greater stability or instability due to ongoing demographic trends
  • How demographic trends will drive future military policies, weapons development and proliferation, doctrine, and force structure.
  • Technology adoption or assimilation as a function of regional demographic or cultural differences.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
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    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Nanotechnology (1 )
    • Other (8 )
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