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How Population Shapes Power

While some areas of the world continue to see population growth—many countries in Africa, for example—fertility rates are falling everywhere else. What does that mean for geopolitics?
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China announced families can now have three children as opposed to two—a reaction to new data showing shocking population growth slowdowns and mirroring global declines. Demographer Nicholas Eberstadt joins Deep Dish to explain why population size, capabilities, and characteristics matter more for competition between great powers than economic or military power. 

About the Experts
Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Nicholas Eberstadt
Nicholas Eberstadt holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he researches and writes extensively on demographics and economic development generally, and more specifically on international security in the Korean peninsula and Asia. Domestically, he focuses on poverty and social well-being.
Nicholas Eberstadt
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Council expert Brian Hanson
Brian Hanson is the Vice President of Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He oversees the Council's research operations and hosts the Council's weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.
Council expert Brian Hanson

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