Peace and Foreign Policy

To build peace, we must dislodge the economic and political foundations of war. IPS believes that a just foreign policy is based on human rights, international law, and diplomacy over military intervention.

Latest Work

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Alabama Upset Sparks Calls to Slow Down GOP Tax Push

A slowdown would give the public more time to learn about the bill and all the ways it’s designed to further enrich the wealthy.
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America Bears Responsibility for Libya’s Slave Auctions

The emergence of slave auctions in Libya have a basis in catastrophic Western military intervention.
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If the Trump Revolution Is Possible, So Is a Progressive One

The increased tempo of the GOP's snatch and grab in recent days suggests that they're feeling a certain desperation.
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The GOP Tax Plan Is Igniting a Movement for a Moral Economy

While Republicans may succeed in scoring a short term win for their donors, their tax plan is sparking a new moral movement against inequality.
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The Far-Reaching Risks of Trump's Jerusalem Decision

There are no peace talks underway that might be threatened by U.S. recognition of Jerusalem. But the move makes peace in the war-torn region far less likely.
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The GOP Tax Bill Assaults the Planet as Well as the Poor

It kills the modest credits for wind, solar, and electric cars, while preserving much larger ones for fossil fuels.
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10 Reasons to Revive the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign

Inspired by an initiative cut short by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., moral leaders are planning a wave of civil disobedience.
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The U.S. Is a Climate Rogue State. The World Should Treat It Like One.

It's time for the world to consider sanctioning the U.S. and companies who benefit from its efforts to undermine climate action.
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My No Good, Very Bad Tax Vote Day

As I struggled my way through a crumbling transit system, the Senate was preparing to pass a tax plan that will decimate the resources needed to fix our nation’s infrastructure.
Six of the Top Ten U.S. Billionaires Are Kochs and Waltons

What Happens When Bad Money Supports Good Foreign Policy?

The anti-war movement needs money, and the Koch brothers have it. But it comes with strings attached.
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A Beginner’s Guide to the Unrecognized Villages of Israel

Thousands of Arab Bedouins in Israel's Negev desert are denied power, water, sewage, and roads by the state. And their villages are under constant threat of demolition.
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What’s Really Behind Trump’s Threats to Close the PLO Office

The administration is trying to sideline the Palestinian issue to clear the way for an anti-Iran coalition between Israel and Saudi Arabia
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If Asia Leads on Climate, the World Will Follow

China and South Korea could be game changers on climate — and create a more peaceful region in the process.
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What's One Way to Fight Inequality? Fund Local Journalism.

Joe Rickett's decision to shut down two major online publicationshas altered the local U.S. news environment. Barbara Ehrenreich plans on restoring it.
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VIDEO: Trump Is All in on the Philippine Drug War

Trump has lavished praised on Duterte's extrajudicial murders — and Duterte's envoy to the U.S. is developing a little project called Trump Tower Manila.
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VIDEO: The Greatest Threat to Both Koreas? Donald Trump’s Mouth.

The president's over-the-top threats have made war seem like a real possibility. And war would be catastrophic.

How Obama Made It Easier for Trump to Abuse Drones

The use of drone strikes has spiraled out of control and will only get worse, Dr. Maha Hilal of the Institute for Policy Studies told Rising Up With Sonali recently
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The GOP's Corporate Tax Giveaway Negates the Benefits of Closing the CEO Pay Loophole

I've argued to close this loophole for 20 years, but not at the expense of the colossal damage the rest of this plan would cause.
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For Desperate Detainees, the Only Way Out of Guantanamo Is to Starve to Death

For prisoners on hunger strike, the Trump administration looks prepared to let them die.
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Harry Belafonte — and Library Named for Him — Embody a Dual Commitment to Arts and Organizing

Belafonte's own version of a triple legacy — music, writing, and social justice — is still on the rise.

Reports

Report: Green Climate Fund, A Performance Check

An initial assessment of whether the Green Climate Fund is living up to its mandate finds that its becoming a sideshow to big development banks.

Report: Corporate Tax Cuts Boost CEO Pay, Not Jobs

This 24th annual report rebuts the GOP claim that slashing the corporate tax rate will lead to more and better jobs.

Report: How States Can Boost Renewables With Benefits for All

Renewable Portfolio Standards and Distributed Solar Access for Low-Income Households

Report: The Wall Street Bonus Pool and Low Wage Workers

The 2016 bonus pool held enough dollars to lift the pay of all of the country's more than 3 million servers up to $15 an hour.

Report: Combat Vs. Climate

The Military and Climate Security Budgets Compared

Utilities Pay Up

How ending tax dodging by America's electric utilities can help fund a job-creating, clean energy transition.

Walking the Talk?

World Bank Energy-Related Policies and Financing, 2000-2004 to 2010-2014

Executive Excess 2015: Money to Burn

This 22nd annual report reveals how CEO pay is accelerating climate change.