This cluster of links focuses on global-scale issues. Things like AIDS, population growth, and economic development.
Hans Rosling data visualizations are as informative as they are visually appealing; all his videos are a must-see. Human migration, an oft-overlooked part of the issue, is clearly visualized on UNDP’s page. Parag Khanna takes us through some insights which might change the way you look at nation states, and Pisani shows how we need to take account of psychological forces when we want to develop programs to eradicate AIDS.
I think that, when you look at the long term, economics is power. We have all heard the words “rapid” and “rise” applied to China, but it’s important to see all the major players.
There are other crucial demographic trends that piggyback with population growth. I don’t know how many people fully realize that, while the U.S. is facing Social Security and health care problems as its own population grows old, China’s one-child-per-family policy is pushing it through the same process at a much faster rate. Population growth in developing nations like India has translated to a huge population (11 million) of children living on the streets.