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2015 Archives

International News from Stanford University - 2015

News Item Population aging in the Asia-Pacific region

Population aging is one of the most global and significant trends in the 21st century. Although each society has different social and economic backgrounds that have resulted in demographic transformation, the older population is growing rapidly in general due to declining fertility rates and rising life expectancy. The Asia-Pacific region is where we witness the most rapid population aging. Because of the region’s population size and its rapid economic transformation, many scholars have conducted research on the Asia-Pacific region’s ongoing demographic shift and its future.

News Item Lessons from a North Korean defector

Photo: A North Korean soldier keeps watch southwards as he stands guard on the north side of a demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Paju. | Reuters/Lee Jae-Won

Defecting from North Korea is a fraught journey. If caught within its borders, you risk prison camp or a public hanging. If you successfully cross the border to China but are discovered, authorities will return you to North Korea to the same end. Even getting past China’s borders to a neutral country risks imprisonment and the various ways cruel people take advantage of the desperate.

News Item Poor Economic Planning at Root of Greece's Woes

Professor John B. Taylor says that Greece's best approach to its damaged economy is to radically change its economic policy in a pro-growth direction. He suggests making it easier to start up new businesses, while holding the line on tax increases and reducing governmental influence in the economy.