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Though demographics has always had an important effect on geopolitics, big changes in population structure have become more frequent and had a wider impact as the world has become more globalized. In East Asia, populations are aging, while in Africa they are growing younger. Huge waves of migration are causing political upheaval. In this edition of the GIS Dossier, we review our experts’ analysis of demographic trends across the globe and their predictions for how they could shift geopolitical tides.
Democratic Republic of the Congo is mired in conflict that is causing death and
starvation on a huge scale. Violence among tribes or between regions and the
central government has been a near-constant feature of the country since its
independence from Belgium in 1960. This is because of its abrupt transition to
independence and international insistence that it remain a single unitary state
– despite it comprising a myriad of ethnicities and groups with distinct
identities. Until the international community realizes its mistake, the tragedy
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