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The Global Age Transition and Economic Prospects – by Andrew Mason

July 11, 2013

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photo credit:  conorwithonen via Flickr cc

photo credit: conorwithonen via Flickr cc

11 July is World Population Day.  The number of people on the planet has passed the 7 billion mark, presenting both challenges and opportunities – with implications on economic development, sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment.  Alongside this rise in the population we are also witnessing a demographic revolution that is affecting economies around the world – population aging.  Andrew Mason, co-editor of Population Aging And The Generational Economy, explores the costs and potential benefits of this phenomenon.

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China Watching and Contemporary Geopolitics of Fear and Fantasy – by Chengxin Pan

December 12, 2012

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Photos: Cory M. Grenier, Creative Commons 2.0

Photos: Cory M. Grenier, Creative Commons 2.0

In The Geopolitics of Emotion (2009), the French author Dominique Moïse describes how the world is being shaped and transformed by a host of emotions: fear, humiliation and hope, to name but a few. While the world has always been emotion-laden, the geopolitics of emotion has been particularly on vivid display in the twenty-first century. Climate change, the ‘September 11’ attacks, the lingering global financial crisis, the perceived unstoppable power shift from West to East, refugee and humanitarian crises, ethnic conflict and popular uprisings have together brought into sharp relief a mixture of anxiety, anger, frustration, disillusionment, hatred and fear in many parts of the globe. In the West in general, and the US in particular, a key source of anxiety has been China’s seemingly relentless rise. There is now ‘a cauldron of anxiety’ about this emerging giant, former Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick proclaimed in 2005.

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