Demography

Staff at the KL Fertility Centre demonstrate the egg freezing procedure for members of the media in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 11. A growing number of women in Singapore are traveling overseas to clinics such as this one to freeze their eggs.

Why Does the Singaporean Government Care About Egg Freezing?

The city-state’s ban on the procedure is making its demographic problems worse.

Jordanian King Abdullah I in Jerusalem in 1948.

Unite Jordan and Palestine—Again

Amman should reannex the West Bank to end Israel’s illegal occupation, bring peace and prosperity, and give Palestinians democratic rights.

الملك الأردني عبد الله الأول (في الوسط) أمام قبة الصخرة في القدس في 17 يونيو/حزيران 1948

وحدوا الأردن وفلسطين – مرة أخرى

على عمان أن تضم الضفة الغربية مرة أخرى من أجل إنهاء الاحتلال الإسرائيلي غير الشرعي ، وتحقيق السلام والازدهار ، ومنح الفلسطينيين حقوقهم الديمقراطية

An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard as voters wait to cast their ballots during the second phase of the District Development Council (DDC) and Panchayat by-elections at a polling station in Indian-administered Kashmir's Bandipora district on Dec. 1, 2020.

Modi Is Trying to Engineer a Hindu Majority in Kashmir

Under the smokescreen of electoral redistricting, New Delhi is using gerrymandering to politically neuter the region’s Muslim majority.

A woman holding a baby and leaflets visits a real estate fair in Chengdu, China, on April 21, 2005.

With Three-Child Policy, China Is Missing the Point

To really boost birthrates, Beijing needs to focus on gender parity and cost of living.

A nurse holds a newborn baby wearing a face shield in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19, at Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok, on April 9, 2020.

COVID-19’s Baby Bust

Disasters usually come with falling birth rates. But this time, they might not recover unless governments take action now.

An elderly woman looks out from her window in Barcelona, Spain, on April 26, 2020.

How the Pandemic Made the ‘Last Acceptable Prejudice’ Worse

Ageism has colored the response to COVID-19 and is setting everyone up for a more difficult economic recovery.

Supporters of President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally in Washington on Jan. 6.

The United States’ Demographic Revolution Doesn’t Need to Be Destabilizing

But to avoid collapse like the Soviet Union, inclusivity must begin now.

Two men have lunch near a car loaded with belongings close to the checkpoint of Russian peacekeepers outside the village of Dadivank in Nagorno-Karabakh on Nov. 23.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Great-power politics in Nagorno-Karabakh, the children of the Islamic State, and the meaning of Moldova’s election result.

People hold Russian national flags during a celebration ceremony of National Flag Day at Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow on Aug. 22.

What It Would Take for Russia’s Millennials to Topple Putin

Younger Russians are dissatisfied with the regime but are generally apolitical. Here’s how to change that.

Young fighters sit on a blanket in downtown Bambari after over 350 of Central African Republic's child soldiers were released by armed groups honoring a deal signed with UNICEF, on May 14, 2015.

The United Nations Isn’t Jeopardizing Children in Conflict Zones. It’s Protecting Them.

Shaming violators alone won’t stop the use of child soldiers and other human rights abuses. Defending children’s rights requires engagement with governments and armed groups.

Newly released child soldiers stand with rifles during their release ceremony in Yambio, South Sudan, on February 7, 2018.

The U.N. Secretary-General Is Letting Powerful Countries Get Away With Killing Kids

By removing Saudi Arabia and other serial violators of children’s human rights from the annual list of shame, António Guterres is weakening one of the U.N.’s most effective accountability mechanisms.

A girl wearing a face mask plays on her scooter at a park in Beijing on Feb. 15.

The Chinese Communist Party Wants a Han Baby Boom That Isn’t Coming

China has swung toward natalist policies for the majority while forcibly sterilizing ethnic minorities.

An elderly couple walks into the sunset on a boulevard.

Europe Is Destined to Age—but Not to Suffer the Consequences

Migration and higher fertility can’t alter the course of Europe’s graying, but there is a strategy to avoid disaster.

Seventeen-year-old Louch Vi feeds her two sons at her hut in the Mondulkiri region of Cambodia on Feb. 9, 2018. Louch said she and her sons go days at a time without food.

The World’s Mothers Are Watching Ever More Babies Die of Starvation

Malnutrition is passed from one generation to the next between mother and child—unless someone commits to stopping the deadly cycle.

Supporters listen as 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign event in Muscatine, Iowa, on Aug. 14, 2019.

The Real Way to Win Iowa and Places Like It

There are plenty of innovative policies to revive rural areas—and trade wars aren’t among them.

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