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Williamson dissects numbers of diplomacy

Although discussing strategic concerns and security matters in the context of diplomacy is important, Molly Williamson suggests that studying a nation’s demographic and economic construction is equally critical.

Saudi Arabia, for example, has a young population, with a median age of 26 and two-thirds of its population under the age of 30. China’s demographic pyramid is the opposite; a baby boom in the 1960s followed by the country’s one-child policy has led to a large number of older citizens. And Russia’s entire population is on a decline, with the lowest numbers since before the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Middle East Update confronts challenges in increasingly volatile region

Geoffrey Kemp, director of regional security problems at the Center for National Interest, will host a Middle East Update at 4 p.m. today and Tuesday in the Hall of Philosophy. After each update, Kemp and guests will take questions from the audience.

“It’s a huge menu of issues, and we only have an hour. So we’ll have more than enough to talk about,” Kemp said.

Today’s guest, Robert Satloff, is executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has written or edited nine books and contributes to a variety of newspapers. Satloff is also the Institute’s Howard P. Berkowitz Chair in U.S. Middle East Policy.

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