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Immigration and the Labor Market: Theory, Evidence, and Policy

Date added: 10/14/2011
Date modified: 10/14/2011
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By Will Somerville and Madeleine Sumption

With the current economic downturn leading to questions over the value of economic migration, this report examines labor-market conditions in the United Kingdom. While there is consensus among economic researchers that immigration has only a small impact on the average wages of all workers, the report suggests that policymakers cannot ignore immigrants' role in the labor market. Interventions to assist low-skilled workers, integration policies, and employer-sponsored training are essential tools to mitigate real and perceived effects of immigration.

Charting the Demographic Course across the Mediterranean

Date added: 10/14/2011
Date modified: 10/14/2011
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By Philippe Fargues

This paper, prepared for the Transatlantic Council on Migration, examines the demographic future for the Middle East and North Africa through 2030 – and notes that the MENA region's growing supply of young, educated workers is occurring against the backdrop of Europe's aging population and below-replacement fertility. While at first sight it appears obvious that the MENA region will play a pivotal role in Europe's hunt for skilled workers, the paper outlines that the European Union isn't the sole destination for MENA migrants.

Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa: The Most Demographically Extreme Regions

Date added: 10/14/2011
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By Wolfgang Lutz, Warren Sanderson, Sergei Scherbov, and Samir K.C.

The world's two most demographically extreme regions are sub-Saharan Africa, which is experiencing the most rapid population growth, and Eastern Europe, which has the fastest shrinking population. In this paper, prepared for the Transatlantic Council on Migration, the authors track the region's divergent paths through 2030 and examine labor-force trends, educational attainment, and implications for future migration to Europe.

What Makes Communication Strategic? - Preparing Military Organizations for the Battle of Ideas

Date added: 02/27/2011
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Research Paper 65 , by Jan Techau

For military organizations, Strategic Communications (StratComm) is one of the great "known unknowns" – everybody does it, but conceptual and practical guidance on the subject is rare.


Despite some painful historic lessons, the military has found it hard to embrace a key reality of modern warfare: that the perception of facts is just as important as the facts themselves, and that communications must thus become a key instrument in its arsenal. With this basic concept in mind, the new Research Paper from the NDC Research Division looks into the issue from an organizational and procedural perspective. In other words, how should the military integrate StratComm into its setup? How can it manage the culture shock that StratComm poses to conventional military thinking? Can StratComm be defined in a way that makes it easier for the military to assimilate it fully?

Controlling borderlands?

Date added: 12/27/2010
Date modified: 12/27/2010
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New perspectives on state peripheries in southern Central Asia and northern Afghanistan

Published 15.12.2010

Steven Parham
Finnish Institute of International Affairs

In Central Asia, as elsewhere throughout the former Soviet Union, new states have inherited old external state borders as well as new (formerly internal, administrative) borders. The border regions of southern Central Asia are spaces in which international strategic interests, minority nationalities, post-Soviet regimes, and new socio-economic realities all intertwine to constitute a political field fraught with uncertainty and conflict. In the midst of these spaces, local borderlanders display hidden and sometimes subversive political loyalties which are negotiated in a field characterised by these states' institutional weakness, opaque border control policies, and powerful local networks.

By adopting a local rather than a state-centred perspective, this report empirically and theoretically discusses the relevant parameters of this region's borderlanders' interaction with "their" states through a local lens. Such a bottom-up perspective from and at the edges of states contributes significantly to international debate on southern Central Asian border stability and state power by going beyond mere official rhetoric on territorial control.