Demographics and the Changing National Security Environment

by Brian Nichiporuk

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This research brief describes work documented in The Security Dynamics of Demographic Factors (MR-1088-WFHF/RF/DLPF/A).

Excerpt: Demographic factors seldom directly cause conflict between nations. They can, however, exacerbate existing tensions and increase the risk of violent conflict. Long-term fertility trends, urbanization, migration, and changes in the ethnic composition and age profile of populations can influence the likelihood and nature of conflict among and within nations.

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