Global Aging and the Crisis of the 2020s

From the fall of the Roman and the Mayan empires to the Black Death to the colonization of the New World and the youth-driven revolutions of the twentieth century, demographic trends have played a decisive role in many of the great invasions, political upheavals, migrations, and environmental catastrophes of history. By the 2020s, an ominous new conjuncture of demographic trends may once again threaten widespread disruption. We are talking about global aging, which is likely to have a profound effect on economic growth, living standards, and the shape of the world order.

"Global Aging and the Crisis of the 2020s" by Neil Howe and Richard Jackson of the CSIS Global Aging Initiative was published in the January 2011 issue of Current History

Neil Howe and Richard Jackson