OECD Forum Speakers Series: The Other Population Crisis


Dr. Steven Philip Kramer
Author, Historian, Foreign Policy Practitioner & Professor of National Security Studies
Eisenhower School for National Security & Resource Strategy, National Defense University

“The Other Population Crisis:
What Governments Can Do About Falling Birth Rates”

Introduction by Chris Barrett, Ambassador & Permanent Representative, Australian Delegation to the OECD

Thursday, 3 July 2014, 11:30-13:00
OECD Conference Centre, Auditorium

In many developed countries, population decline poses economic and social strains and may even threaten national security. In his publication, The Other Population Crisis: What Governments Can Do About Falling Birth Rates (2014), via case studies of Sweden, France, Italy, Japan, and Singapore, Prof Kramer explores the motivations, politics, programming, and consequences of national efforts to promote births, finding a significant role for governments in stopping declines in birth rates.

Since 1992, Dr. Kramer is Professor of National Security Studies, Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Washington, DC. From 1996-2002 he was also Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, focusing on long-term issues and France. In 2011 he was a Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

His other publications include: Does France still Count? The French Role in the New Europe (1994); Socialism in Western Europe: The Experience of a Generation and a biography of the cineaste Abel Gance; The Return of Spain’s Sephardim, Hedgehog Review, (2013). Recent articles include “The End of French Europe”, Foreign Affairs (2006); “Baby Gap: How to Boost Birth Rates and Avoid Demographic Decline,” Foreign Affairs (2012); “The Return of History in Europe,” Washington Quarterly (2012).

Professor Kramer received his B.A. in History from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Also refer: Wilson Center; New Yorker


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