Too Few Good Men

The Security Implications of Russian Demographics

by Julie DaVanzo, Olga Oliker, Clifford A. Grammich

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A decreasing number of births and increasing number of deaths continues to cause Russian population losses, particularly, in recent years for military-age males. These trends have serious security implications, not only for an increasingly less capable military, but also for internal security agencies that may find it more and more difficult to defend Russia's long borders and vast interior. To the extent these demographic trends threaten Russian security, they will make Russia dangerous not only to itself but also to its neighbors and others around the world.

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