Demographics of Korean Security
Please join the CSIS Korea Chair for a discussion with this world class demographer as she presents her path breaking research in progress, "Policy Concerns of Low Fertility for Military Planning and Care of the Elderly in South Korea." Dr. Stephen's research addresses the forces shaping demographic trends in South Korea and the military policy planning implications. South Korea has one of the lowest birth rates in the world and the aging population will have a large and negative impact on the supply of young men for the armed forces. This will lead to a leaner military, at a time when it could pose a security risk for South Korea.
Professor Elizabeth Hervey Stephen has been a member of the Georgetown University faculty since 1987 and is currently the Director of the Science, Technology and International Affairs Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Prior to her appointment at Georgetown, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a research assistant for the Center of Population Research, University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Stephen has also served as a social science analyst for the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a survey statistician for the U.S. Census Bureau, and a demographer for the Denver Regional Council of Governments. She was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in 2009 and a POSCO Fellowship at the East-West Center in Honolulu in 2010.