My Novel (Accidentally) Predicted Trump

My Novel (Accidentally) Predicted Trump

It’s terrifying when your dystopian nightmares begin to come true. Donald Trump is consolidating a circle of extremist advisers. Hardline restrictions on immigration are going up, regulations on Wall Street are tumbling down, and ordinary Americans can no longer agree...
Developments in International Investment Agreements

Developments in International Investment Agreements

Governments around the world are facing complex and pressing issues related to attracting and governing sustainable foreign direct investment, including, in particular, with respect to the use and scope of international investment agreements (IIAs). IPS Associate...
Our Society is Unequal By Design

Our Society is Unequal By Design

The rising inequality we’ve seen in recent decades did not happen by accident. It was the result of deliberate public policy decisions and, fortunately, can also be reversed by making different decisions. That’s the contention of Dean Baker’s just-released book,...
Why a “Trumpxit” May Be Harder Than it Looks

Why a “Trumpxit” May Be Harder Than it Looks

Here at Emergency Travel Services, we believe that it’s never too early to plan your vacation. Or your emigration. Based on the latest polls, most of you are confident that Donald Trump won’t be elected president in November. If the election were held today, according...
Does the Brexit Vote Mark the End of Internationalism?

Does the Brexit Vote Mark the End of Internationalism?

This week might represent the beginning of the end for international cooperation. All the treaties, alliances, and unions that have incrementally strengthened the ties between nations over the last several centuries have suddenly been revealed as a house of cards,...
Making China Great Again

Making China Great Again

The final of the World Snooker Championship took place this week in Sheffield, the hardscrabble town in England’s north perhaps best known as the setting for the movie The Full Monte. Sheffield is a former industrial center so snookered by globalization that the...
Film: Fire In The Blood

Film: Fire In The Blood

IPS’ Global Economy and Foreigm Policy In Focus projects join Parallel Film Collective and Knowledge Ecology International to present FIRE IN THE BLOOD. FIRE IN THE BLOOD is a shocking exposé of how pharmaceutical companies use patent law to keep profits...
NAFTA’s Impact on Communities and The Environment

NAFTA’s Impact on Communities and The Environment

With the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) nearing, please join us for an event to examine and discuss NAFTA’s impact on communities and the environment. This event will take place alongside a meeting of the Commission for...
Global Race to the Bottom is Getting Much Worse

Global Race to the Bottom is Getting Much Worse

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement the U.S. is negotiating with 11 other nations, will outsource more jobs, prohibit banking regulation, and expand corporate intellectual property rights that curtail Internet freedom and limit access to lifesaving...
What are the IMF and the World Bank? Why Should I Care?

What are the IMF and the World Bank? Why Should I Care?

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are two of the most powerful institutions in the world, yet few people know what they do. The World Bank and the IMF act like giant banks whose customers are countries. The World Bank loans countries money for...
Postcard from Mumbai

Postcard from Mumbai

Even if you have not been to steamy Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai’s well-known outdoor laundry facility, there is a chance that your clothing has. Densely packed against Mumbai’s central rail system, this iconic complex is the largest of many sites that...
Facing the Threat of the Trans-Pacific Treaty

Facing the Threat of the Trans-Pacific Treaty

Originally posted on The Tyee, British Columbia, Canada. A 16th round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations is underway in Singapore this week. Canada and Mexico join the nine other TPP countries for the second time since the U.S. government invited its...
Saul Landau Film Series: We Don’t Play Golf Here (2007)

Saul Landau Film Series: We Don’t Play Golf Here (2007)

As a lead up to The Institute’s 50th birthday, IPS will host a film series on the 4th Wednesday of each month featuring eleven of the widely respected film productions of our colleague, Saul. After each screening participants will have the opportunity to discuss...
Exchange Rates and Debt Bondage

Exchange Rates and Debt Bondage

The increasingly sordid LIBOR scandal has pulled back the curtain shielding the international financial system, revealing decaying regulatory bodies and rampant corruption. People around the world are indignant that a key financial benchmark could be distorted with...