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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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.
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Climate Change is a Bigger Threat Than Any Military — Our Budget Should Reflect That

Facing financial ruin and the ruins of South Texas, some hawks want to throw more money at the military. That's ludicrous.
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How Energy Department Whistleblowers Outsmarted the Trump Administration

Rick Perry was all ready to release a broadside against clean energy policies. Career civil servants pulled the rug out.
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The Racism Heard Round the World

When the neo-fascist National Front is more willing to condemn neo-Nazis than Trump, we have a problem.
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It’s a Myth That Corporate Tax Cuts Mean More Jobs

Instead of tax-rate cuts for these big corporations, the coming tax debate in Congress should focus on making wealthy individuals and big corporations pay their fair share.
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The View From the U.S.'s 'Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier'

Ratcheting tensions between the U.S. and North Korea are now nothing new for its Pacific colony Guam.
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The Activists Who Helped Shut Down Trump’s CEO Councils

It took months of activist pressure for Trump's billionaire backers to finally back away from him.
Afghanistan: Avoiding Default

Trump's Afghanistan Speech Offers No End in Sight for the War

Trump's speech was essentially a strategy for justifying a continuous, permanent war in Afghanistan, IPS Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis told The Real News Network.
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Confederate Statues Aren't About History

They serve to valorize white violence that colors America's racist past – and present.
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If You Think North Korea Is Too Crazy for Negotiations, Think Again

Some in the Trump administration are eyeing regime change in North Korea. They're missing what's really going on over there.
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The Alt-Right and the 1%

When President Trump equated white supremacists with anti-racism protesters, he was sending a message to the thugs in the streets and to some in executive suites.
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Please Don’t Bring Muslims Into Charlottesville

From Barcelona to Charlottesville, there’s an obvious double standard in how Trump treats terrorism. But let’s be careful how we talk about it.
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Dirty Energy's Quiet War on Solar Energy

Investing in the renewable energy economy is a win-win-win for consumers, but fossil fuel interests will do anything to prove otherwise.
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: 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.