John Cavanagh has led the Institute for Policy Studies as its director since 1998 after directing its Global Economy Project for 14 years. In 2015, he will help shape the New Economy Maryland fellowship curriculum.

Before joining the Institute’s staff in 1983, he worked as an international economist for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the World Health Organization. He is the co-author of 10 books and numerous articles on the global economy, including Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match (2008, Paradigm Publishers), written with Robin Broad. John earned a BA from Dartmouth College and a MA from Princeton University.

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While Trump Struggles, Resistance Victories Abound in the First 100 Days

Though we've won a lot of battles, there's a lot of work still to do and many communities still in danger. Looking forward, the resistance will be playing a lot more offense, IPS director John Cavanagh tells Rising Up with Sonali.
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10 Resistance Victories in Trump's First 100 Days

New social movements are making their power felt in ways that would have been unimaginable before Trump took office.
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How An International Grassroots Campaign Beat Metal Mining Corporations

Against overwhelming odds, El Salvador won its long battle for water.
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Trump Proved He Doesn’t Think Much of Working People

As we review Alexander Acosta, let's remember Andrew Puzder.
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A Wake-Up Call For Trump's Trade Agenda

The investor-state provisions in NAFTA don't help workers. Instead, they hand enormous power to corporations to bully governments into undoing measures to protect workers, the environment, and public health.

The Trade Debate Isn't About the U.S. vs. the World, It's Corporations vs. the Rest of Us

If Trump lets corporate elites dictate new trade rules, all working families will suffer.
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How Can You Keep Standing with Standing Rock? Move Your Money

With a Trump administration looming, the fight in North Dakota isn't over.

Victory for El Salvador Serves as Encouragement for TPP Fight

In a tale of people power over corporate power, a tribunal has ruled against a global company in a case over mining rights.

El Salvador Ruling Offers a Reminder of Why the TPP Must Be Defeated

 Obama is waging a full-court press to pass the unpopular trade treaty after the November elections.

IPS Marks 40th Anniversary of Letelier-Moffitt Assassination

Memorial events to include a ceremony with Chilean President Bachelet, who will receive a final tranche of declassified documents on the case from a high-level State Department official.
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The Heroes Behind Obama’s Historic Announcement in Laos

The United States will devote $90 million to finding and disposing of 50-year-old unexploded bombs.

New York Times LTE: Think Tanks and Corporate America

There's a subset of think tanks like IPS that don’t solicit contributions from governments and large corporations.
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Hundreds of People Are Getting Arrested For Democracy This Week

The Democracy Spring protests in D.C. are building the power needed to break our politics free of its corporate choke-hold.

Why I’m Ready to Get Arrested with Restaurant Workers

Groups like ROC and the hundreds of others that are leading the Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening mobilizations are working to build the power that can counter corporate lobby groups. Everyone who cares about the state of our democracy should join them.

Who Killed Berta Cáceres and What Should the U.S. Do?

A culture of impunity, misguided U.S. policy that has pursued expediency above principle, and an unwillingness of Honduras' political elites to reform their institutions of justice and governance are all to blame.
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Game Changers: How We Can Unrig the Rules and Reverse Runaway Inequality

Eight bold solutions, rooted in social movements, that can break through our broken political system.
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Why Some Leaders in Poorer Countries are Championing the Environment

Under what conditions do governments of poorer countries become active defenders and protectors of the environment?
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Francis v. Washington

Lawmakers and the White House are at odds with the pope's vision for protecting the planet.
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Senators: Read This Before Your Trade Vote

Rep. Bonior’s Historic NAFTA Speech Speaks Volumes Today
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Tribute to Human Rights Lawyer Sam Buffone

IPS collaborated with Sam Buffone, a pathbreaker in the field of international human rights, for several decades in the pursuit of justice for two assassinated IPS colleagues.

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Topics of Interest

Globalization, NAFTA, Philippines, Trade, World Bank, WTO

In the News

IPS Hosts Panel Discussion On Life After Election

Democratic Socialists of America | November 16, 2016

El Salvador Wins Dispute Over Denying a Mining Permit

The New York Times | October 14, 2016

Income Inequality: ‘The Rules of the Game Are Fixed’

The New York Times | February 22, 2016