Political demography has become a fixture in the (U.S.) National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends publications (see the NIC’s latest addition to the GT series, “Paradox of Progress”, pages 161-167; as well as sections in Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World; and Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds. Nonetheless, we are still far from the day when young analysts in the US intelligence community routinely consider political demography’s “7 basic rules” as essential analytical tools.
For those interested in pursuing political demographic topics, the International Studies Association (ISA) supports a thriving section of political demographers and political geographers called the “Political Demography and Geography Section” (PDG). The newly elected chair of PDG is Jennifer Sciubba (Associate Prof. of International Relations, Rhodes College), a former defense analyst at the US Department of Defense, Policy Program Office. For those interested, visit the ISA website, and look for PDG.