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In his study Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century, Eric Kaufmann of the University of London demonstrates that religious believers tend to have significantly higher birth rates than nonbelievers--and that fundamentalist Christians, Jews, and Muslims generally have more children than less fervent followers. Kaufmann argues that these trends portend a major shift: a historic reversal of the long global move toward secularization. Since secular and fundamentalist agendas often differ, this impending shift is rife with implications for politics in the coming decades, both in the United States and abroad. Will religion transform the world's demography over the next two generations? If so, how? Join our expert panel as it addresses these and other questions.
Richard Cincotta is the demographer in residence at the
Stimson Center in Washington, DC, and a consultant to the Woodrow Wilson
Center's Environmental Change and Security Project. Mr. Cincotta served
as the political demographer in the National Intelligence Council's
Long-Range Analysis Unit from 2006 to 2009. His current research focuses
on the demographic transition and age-structural transition, and he has
published on their relationships to the politics of ethno-religious
change, to the onset of civil conflict, to regime type and political
stability, to natural-resource dynamics, to human health, and to
population policies. His publications on these topics appear in Foreign Policy, Current History, Nature, and Science. Mr. Cincotta contributed to the National Intelligence Council's global futuring exercise, Global Trends 2025: A Transformed WorldGlobal Burden of Armed Violence (2009) and to the Geneva Declaration Secretariat's
(2008). Previously, he served in the US Navy in an intelligence field,
and has lived and worked in sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, South Asia,
North Africa, Europe, Australia, and Canada, including five years abroad
in research positions in Morocco, India, and China.
is the Henry Wendt Scholar in Political Economy at AEI. A political
economist and demographer by training, Mr. Eberstadt is also a senior
adviser to the National Board of Asian Research, a member of the
visiting committee at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a member
of the Global Leadership Council at the World Economic Forum. He
researches and writes extensively on economic development, foreign aid,
global health, demographics, and poverty. He has written over a dozen
books and monographs, including The Poverty of Communism
(Transaction, 1988), The Tyranny of Numbers
(AEI Press, 1995), The End of North Korea
(AEI Press, 1999), Korea's Future and the Great Powers
(University of Washington Press, 2001), The North Korean Economy: Between Crisis and Catastrophe
(Transaction, 2007), Europe's Coming Demographic Challenge: Unlocking the Value of Health
(AEI Press, 2007), The Poverty of 'The Poverty Rate': Measure and Mismeasure of Want in Modern America
(AEI Press, 2008), and Policy and Performance in Divided Korea during the Cold War Era: 1945–91
(AEI Press, 2010). His most recent study is Russia's Peacetime Demographic Crisis (National Bureau of Asian Research, 2010).
is a professor of politics at Birkbeck College, University of London.
He was a fellow in the Religion in International Affairs Program at the
Belfer Center of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government from 2008 to
2009. In 2008, Mr. Kaufmann won the Richard Rose Prize of the Political
Studies Association for work by a scholar under forty. He is the author
of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? (Profile Books, 2010), which has been reviewed in, among others, the Times, the Financial Times, the Independent, the Observer, Metro, and the Sydney Morning Herald. He is also author of The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America (Harvard, 2004) and The Orange Order: A Contemporary Northern Irish History (Oxford 2007), coauthor of Unionism and Orangeism in Northern Ireland Since 1945 (Manchester University Press, 2007, with Henry Patterson), and editor of Rethinking Ethnicity: Majority Groups and Dominant Minorities Political Demography: Identity, Institutions, and Conflict and Wither the Child: Causes and Consequences of Low Fertility, both with Paradigm Press. He is an editor of the journal Nations and Nationalism and has also written on religion and demography for Newsweek International, Foreign Policy, and Prospect.