Demography

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.

Kevin Kühnert gives a speech during an extraordinary congress of the Social Democratic Party in Bonn on Jan. 21, 2018.

Germany’s OK Boomer Moment

Millennials on the left and right are getting tired of their country’s politics of centrism—and trouble in the governing coalition shows it.

A woman chants slogans in support of a small group of protesters barricaded inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Nov. 25.

Hao, Boomer!

American millennials may resent their baby boomer elders for ruining the world, but generational politics in mainland China and Hong Kong are more complicated.

A woman and children near a water tank at the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp for the displaced where families of Islamic State foreign fighters are held in northeastern Syria on Oct. 17.

In Syria, the Women and Children of ISIS Have Been Forgotten

Leaving thousands of detained Islamic State supporters and their families in poorly guarded camps poses a national security threat for Europe and the United States.

Afghan schoolchildren study amid the rubble of Papen High School in Nangarhar province on July 25.

Endless Conflict in Afghanistan Is Driving a Mental Health Crisis

A generation of Afghans came of age amid relentless violence. Saturday’s election offers little hope for help.

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