Pew II: Muslims are World’s Youngest

            Muslims are the world’s youngest population, with a median age of 23—five years younger than the global median of 28. The median age of Christians is 30 years old, while the median age of the world’s Jews is 36. The median age of Hindus is 26 and Buddhists is 34, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

2012’s Top 'New Security Beat' Posts

The original version of this article appeared on ECSP's blog, New Security Beat.

Setting Development Goals for Population Dynamics and Reproductive Rights

“I’d like to start by stating emphatically that since addressing global inequality and inequity are our overall principles in revising the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals], we must focus on health inequities to have a meaningful and lasting impact on human development,” said Beth Schlachter of the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, speaking at the Wilson Center on

The World at 7 Billion: Building a Sustainable Future

Population growth “is highly concentrated in what are today the poorest and least well-governed areas of the world,” said George Mason University professor Jack Goldstone at the Wilson Center on December 5.

Africa UP Close


Women: What Countries are the New Role Models?

            Women from across the Middle East – from Egypt to Bahrain, Lebanon to Iraq—responded to the following question: Is there another Muslim-majority country that you look to as a model? Why?

Gallup: Poverty as Political Flashpoint

            Over 80 percent of respondents in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia hold their governments responsible for helping the poor, according to the results of a new poll by Gallup. But respondents provided differing reviews of their respective governments’ social assistance programs. The poll is part of a larger study by the World Bank on social safety nets in the Middle East. The following are excerpts from the poll results, with a link to the report overview at the end.

The Decisive Vote?

The Decisive Vote? How Latinos voted and what it means for policy

Co-sponsored with Arizona State University, ImmigrationWorks USA, and the Wilson Center's Latin American Program.


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On the Move for Being “Gej” (Gay): Sexuality Rights, Migration, and Democratic Consolidation in Southeast Europe

If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, where in the world do you belong? Today, the growing visibility and activism among those whose gender identity or sexual orientation is outside of the culturally accepted norms in Southeast Europe is coinciding with international and European pressures to protect sexual and gender differences as basic human rights. Within this rapidly evolving scene in the Western Balkans (Albania and former Yugoslavia, excepting Slovenia) and Turkey is a changing cross-border migration dynamic.