Pursuing the bottom line how the Middle East will be affected by an aging America
Bergey, Stephen E.
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The Middle East plays a vital role in the world economy. Resource rich, it provides much of the energy that the advanced industrialized societies need to keep their economies growing. Challenges in the region lie on the horizon, however, and are beginning to take shape today. These challenges, if left unresolved, could create more regional instability and could have far-reaching consequences. The United States faces its own challenges in the coming years. Demographic trends and budgetary concerns call into question the ability of the United States to lead in the coming decades. This thesis examines the confluence of issues facing Middle Eastern countries today, while also linking demographic trends currently underway in the United States with the country's ability to fulfill its on-going role in the Middle East. In so doing, it assesses the impact of an aging America on the federal budget and the ramifications of this impact on not only the U.S. Department of Defense, but also for the entire Middle Eastern region.
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