ECSP Director Speaks to Military Officers about Population, Health, and Security

Mar 10, 2004

On March 10, 2004, ECSP Director Geoffrey Dabelko addressed a group of senior military officers from Chile, Brazil, Hungary, Australia, and the United States at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA. Along with Dr. Richard Cincotta of Population Action International (PAI), Geoff spoke about linkages between demography, health, and security. The officers were attending a class on global issues and security as part of a year-long course of study.

Dr. Dabelko outlined U.S. security institutions' efforts to assess health and demographic challenges, such as the National Intelligence Council's estimates on migration, infectious diseases, and HIV/AIDS, and its Global Trends 2015 report. Dr. Cincotta discussed findings from PAI's recently released report The Security Demographic, in which he and his co-authors investigated links between civil war and demographic structures, such as "youth bulge" and the effects of HIV/AIDS.

Following the speeches, the group discussed President Bush's Emergency Action Plan for HIV/AIDS and the administration's decision to withhold funding for the United Nations Population Fund.

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