International relations affect our demographics in one singular way – immigration. The effect of this connection is subtle, though, because it’s not the relationship between the White House and another head of state that really determines how many of the citizens in that nation want to become Americans; what matters is the perception of America as a place where they can live better lives. This has, historically, been one of America’s greatest strengths – attracting droves of immigrants who, as they become assimilated and truly become “Americans,” have become a driving socio-economic force. Whether or not it will continue to be one of our strengths is an open question, depending on our economic position and on how we are perceived by other peoples.
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