Pardee Center Hosts Webinar on Demographic Trends in Rising Powers

On April 16, 2021, the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future hosted a webinar exploring the links between demography, politics, international security, and health among rising powers. The webinar, titled “Demographic Trends and the Making of a Superpower,” featured Jennifer D. Sciubba (Stanley J. Buckman Professor of International Studies and Department Chair, Rhodes College), Joseph Harris (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Boston University), and Mahesh Karra (Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University).

The discussion focused on the political and international security implications of demographic trends in rising powers over the next several decades. The panelists also explored how the politics of global health and health care expansion will impact these countries’ global status in the future.

Watch the full webinar above or on the Pardee Center’s YouTube channel.

The event was part of the Rising Powers Initiative (RPI), a new research program at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. The mission of RPI is to understand why rising powers flourish or fail in terms of security, governance, and health, and to understand the impact they have on the international orders of their time. RPI conducts interdisciplinary and policy-relevant research on five emerging powers with increasing global impact: China, India, Brazil, the European Union/Germany, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Learn more about RPI at