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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Trump: The Anti-Gorbachev

Like Mikhail Gorbachev, Trump helms a fading empire. But while the former Soviet leader supported democratization in his wake, Trump's sowing the seeds of autocracy all over the globe.
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Consumer Protection Isn't Here to Stay

If the GOP had their way, a two-week old regulation that allows consumers to join class action lawsuits over financial fraud would be toast.
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Is This What 'Liberation' for Mosul Looks Like?

ISIS may be on its way out, but the Iraqi city has a long hard road ahead.
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What Makes a 'Good Jew'?

Progressive Jewish groups are rising to criticize the Israeli occupation and fight fundamentalism in both Israel and the West.
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Donald Trump and the Triumph of Anti-Politics

In this fairy tale from 2050, the invisible monster of climate change continues to ravage the land.
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Tenants March to Stop Giveaways to Wall Street Landlords

While Republicans are proposing severe cuts to housing assistance, they are continuing to subsidize Blackstone and other private equity housing profiteers.
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Can Trump Actually Cut (Good) Deals on Diplomacy?

From North Korea to Russia to the Middle East, there's no shortage of deal-making needed. But beware the fine print of anything with Trump's insignia.
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Can the EU Pass a Speculation Tax?

As EU negotiators struggle to reach the finish line on a financial transaction tax agreement, 52 industry professionals issue a joint statement in support.
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One Year Into Duterte's Bloody Regime

There are countless reasons why President Duterte’s Drug War isn’t helping Philippine society—and a $140 million reason President Trump might be willing to look the other way.
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A Bipartisan Vote to Put the Brakes on War

By putting such a sinister face on it, Trump might have finally inspired lawmakers to rein in America’s post-9/11 war machine.
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Why I’m (Reluctantly) Sitting Out ‘Wonder Woman’

As a Palestinian, I can't set aside my identity for two hours and root for an actor who spoke up for violence against people like me.
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How to Honor Otto Warmbier

How should the United States respond to the detention and subsequent death of an American student who visited North Korea?

Is America’s Violent Century Coming to an End?

Quite the contrary: the United States, Dower argues, may have refined its techniques, but it has done nothing to minimize the brutality.

‘RussiaGate’ Alone Isn’t Going to Put Progressives Back in Power

Progressives have to devise a comprehensive alternative that responds to both the challenge of Russia and the failures of liberalism.
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The Supreme Court’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Decision Is Terrifying

If the war on terror has taught us one thing, it's that harsh laws targeting non-citizens will eventually be extended to citizens, too.

The U.S. Gives Refuge to Torture Victims from All Over — Except from Guantanamo

The U.S. hasn't agreed to resettle any of its own torture victims, much less offered any other form of accountability.
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Making Utility Bills Rise Again

The mercury is rising, and so are utility bills. So why does this administration want to scrap those Energy Star labels that help us save?
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Trump’s Policy Is Clear: Civilian Casualties Don’t Matter in the War on Terror

Multiple air strikes on cities and the use of white phosphorus—a probable war crime—guarantee a growing death toll.
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Historic Wins for Democracy and Rights in El Salvador

There have been two giant wins for democracy, human rights, and the environment in an unlikely spot: the small, embattled nation of El Salvador. What lessons can be learned, and can nations and activists build on these two victories?
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All Signs Point to a Coming Conflict with Iran

Behind all of Trump's boneheaded policies in the Middle East is an unmistakable urge for confrontation with Iran.

Reports

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.
Climate Policy
The Climate Policy Program aims to support the transition from a financially extractive, fossil fueled economy, to an equitable, democratic and local living economy. We focus our program strategy on building policy platforms for the transition, defining the proper role for public finance, and promoting institutions that protect people and the planet.

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Drug Policy
The Drug Policy Project combines scholarship with activism to transform drug control policy both at home and abroad. The Project works with grassroots entities, media, and policy makers to shift away from the drug “war” paradigm and its disastrous impacts on the environment, toward holistic policies that address public health and safety.

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Foreign Policy in Focus
Foreign Policy in Focus (FPIF) is a “think tank without walls” connecting the research and action of more than 600 scholars, advocates, and activists seeking to make the United States a more responsible global partner. FPIF provides timely analysis of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs and recommends policy alternatives.

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Global Economy
The Global Economy Project seeks to speed the transition from an economy marked by excessive corporate power to an equitable and sustainable economic model. Through researching and critiquing corporate-driven trade, finance, and investment policies, the Global Economy project exposes the systems that empower the already wealthy to protect and expand their wealth.

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New Internationalism
The New Internationalism project focuses on Middle East and United Nations issues. In the Middle East, the project is working to end U.S. wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and beyond, and ending U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The project uses education, activism, and advocacy to demilitarize the U.S. and challenge U.S. domination of the United Nations.

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OtherWords
OtherWords is a free, non-profit editorial service that distributes progressive commentaries to heartland newspapers across the United States.

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Peace Economy Transitions
The Peace Economy Transitions project has three components: First, writing, speaking and organizing in support of a demilitarized economy; second, working on models of community transition from defense dependency to alternative economic foundations; and third, building and maintaining a digital archive of peace economy research from the Cold War, post-Cold War, and post-9/11 periods.

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Affiliated Projects

Epicenter
Epicenter amplifies ongoing collaborations between artists and policy professionals in Washington, DC. The initiative brings artists and policy experts together to create innovative public events, publish written resources on these collaborations, and produce short videos that share the site-specific experiences with a larger national and international audience.

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LobeLog
Named after veteran journalist and IPS Associate Fellow Jim Lobe, LobeLog provides daily coverage of U.S. foreign policy issues through exclusive reports and analyses from Washington to Tehran and beyond. The site is a regular stop for those seeking to examine U.S. foreign policy from a diverse variety of critical perspectives, including political insiders.

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