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 Is Signaling an Unprecedented Right Turn on Foreign Policy

From his feud with Bob Corker to his plans to renege on the Iran deal, Trump's mood swings mean a dangerous new era of foreign policy.

Don’t Believe the Trump Administration: MS-13 is Not Ravaging the United States.

The Central American gang is a big problem in Central America — and an object of scare tactics here.

The Women of Color ‘Solutionaries’ Who Are Taking On Detroit’s Deep Divisions

A new report uses photography and interviews to raise the profile of 20 Black, Latina, Arab, and Asian women who should have a greater say in the city's revitalization.

Trump's 'Tax Reform' Is More Regressive Than Even Reagan's

The last thing the country needs is a sham tax reform designed to reward Republican donors with more tax breaks.
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The U.S. Is Bombing at Least Six Countries. How Can the Anti-War Movement Step Up?

Peace activists must look beyond our own movement.
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VIDEO: The U.S. War in Afghanistan Is Now 16 Years Old. Trump Has No Plans to End It.

Trump's plans to extend the war he once supported ending are even more worrisome for their lack of transparency.
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Germany and the Rise of a ‘Fascist International’

Germany funds foundations for its political parties. If the far right gets one, we're one step closer to globalizing the alt-right.
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Regions from Catalonia to Kurdistan are Clamoring for Their Own States

But what good is being a state anymore?

How to Successfully Engage North Korea On Human Rights

Despite a generally abysmal human rights record, North Korea has shown improvement in one specific area: disability rights.
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VIDEO: Busting Trump's Tax Myths

Republicans say corporate tax cuts lead to job growth. That's just not true.
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Muslim Nations Are Rallying to Protect the Rohingya. What About the Rest of Us?

If only Muslims reach out to help the Rohingya, the international community will suffer another blow to its reputation.
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The Brutal Racial Politics of Climate Change and Pollution

Trump administration policies are systematically making natural disasters more harmful for the poor and people of color.
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The President Is a Ponzi Scheme

Here and abroad, Trump's wealthy backers understand that his populist rhetoric is a masquerade.
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The War on Terror Has Targeted Muslims Almost Exclusively

The war on terror was supposed to be about making our country safer. As a Muslim American, I don’t feel safer at all.
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Hurricane Donald Hits the Republican Party

If Trump succeeds in ramping up military spending and gutting everything else, we’ll be left with a bunch of nukes and an underfunded state — and no one but China to keep us afloat.
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It's Lonely Being a Person of Color in the Sustainable Energy Sector

When it comes to diversity, there's a "green ceiling" in many climate action groups, even as climate change affects people of color first and worst.
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How Bush’s ‘New World Order’ Became Trump’s ‘No World Order’

Successive U.S. military interventions upended the very international system the U.S. once pledged to uphold. Now the world faces the twin challenges of ISIS and Trump.
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Texas Is Flooded Because Our Democracy Is, Too

Our culture of legalized bribery makes climate disasters more likely, but there's an alternative.
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An Anti-Poverty Program That Makes It Pay to Work

The Earned Income Tax Credit may be the most popular bipartisan anti-poverty tool. So why won't the feds expand it?
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Trump Promised to Put American Workers First. He Lied.

Proposed cuts to federal agency budgets and changes to employment law benefit only the US president and his cronies.
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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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.