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Book Event: Kim Fellner’s ‘Wrestling With Starbucks’

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC, United States

Please join us at a book discussion with Kim Fellner, the former director of the National Organizers Alliance. Fellner recently published Wrestling With Starbucks: Conscience, Capital, Cappuccino, a feisty and unpredictable book that traces how the Battle of Seattle – informed by the Internet – helped consolidate a new global justice culture that didn’t buy anything about Starbucks (except, maybe, the coffee). It explains what Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern, and Global Exchange Co-director Medea Benjamin hold in common – and what they don’t. It tells the largely unknown story of how Starbucks rescued thousands of Central American coffee growers from going under – and became a major patron of biodiversity. It explores two competing definitions of goodness – being better than the rest vs. being good in a larger moral context – the place where the rub of capitalism hits the road of global economic equity.

Book Event: Broad and Cavanagh’s ‘Development Redefined’

Busboys and Poets 1025 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC, United States

Welcome in fittingly the World Bank and IMF annual meetings with a discussion of the newest book by American University professor Robin Broad and Institute for Policy Studies Director John Cavanagh. Entitled Development Redefined: How the Market Met its Match, the book chronicles the rise and fall of the market-worshipping Washington Consensus, and lays out people-based alternatives to corporate-led globalization. Broad and Cavanagh have written award-winning books on globalization and development, as well as a series of articles on the development debate in Foreign Policy and World Policy Journal. IPS is co-sponsoring this event  with ActionAid USA, the AFL-CIO, the Alliance for Responsible Trade, Bank Information Center, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Center of Concern, the 50 Years is Enough Network, Friends of the Earth US, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, International Labor Rights Fund, International Trade Union Congress, Jubilee USA, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, the New Rules for Global Finance, and Oil Change International.

IPS Mandate for Change Election Series: Trade and Globalization

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC, United States

This election season, please join the Institute for Policy Studies in our series of provocative brown-bag luncheon discussions of the various issues in the platforms of the Democratic, Republican, Green, and Independent presidential candidates. IPS and Chester Hartman have a new book coming out at the culmination of this brown-bag series, Mandate for Change, which will put forth what we feel are the best and most creative policy solutions for these and other pressing local, national and international issues.


Political candidates who spoke out against “free trade” made great gains in the 2006 elections. During this year’s primary season, Democratic contenders put the issue back in the spotlight, with Senator Barack Obama and his opponents vowing to make significant changes in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other unpopular trade deals. But will trade and globalization be factors in the general election? Thus far, the Presidential debates have all but ignored the issue. And if Obama wins the Presidency, how far would he go to change our global economic policies to support workers, communities, and the environment? Could we expect a dramatic shift -- or a repeat of the Clinton Era trade deals?

Thea Lee, Policy Director and Chief International Economist at the AFL-CIO
Sarah Anderson, Director, Global Economy Program, IPS
Andy Gussert, National Director, Citizens Trade Campaign

Moderator: John Cavanagh, Director, IPS

Please RSVP to Adwoa Masozi at

About the panelists


Thea Lee is Policy Director and Chief International Economist at the AFL-CIO, where she oversees research and strategies on domestic and international economic policy. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Worker Rights Consortium, United for a Fair Economy, and the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Andy Gussert is the National Director of the Citizens Trade Campaign, a coalition of environmental, labor, consumer, family farm, religious, and other civil society groups founded in 1992. Previously, Gussert was State Federation President of AFT-Wisconsin, a labor union representing teachers, pharmacists, public employees and many other job classifications. In 2004-05, Gussert served as director of CTC’s Wisconsin Fair Trade Coalition.

Sarah Anderson is the Director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. She is a co-author of the books Field Guide to the Global Economy and Alternatives to Economic Globalization and a member of Jubilee USA’s Coordinating Committee. She also served on the staff of the International Financial Institutions Advisory Commission, a Congressionally appointed commission to evaluate the World Bank and IMF in 2000.

Moderator: John Cavanagh, IPS Director and co-author (with Robin Broad) of Development Redefined: How the Market Met its Match.

Other events in this series include:

TUESDAY, October 28, 12:30 - 2pm
The Election and Post-Racial Politics
Dedrick Muhammad, Senior Organizer & Research Associate, Inequality and the Common Good project, IPS
Joy Zarembka, Director, Break the Chain Campaign, IPS, and author, The Pigment of Your Imagination
Professor Clarence Lusane, author/activist and professor at American University.
Moderator: Saif Rahman, Movements Coordinator, IPS

THURSDAY, November 6, 12:30 - 2pm
Post-Election Analysis
Steve Cobble, Senior Scholar, IPS
John Cavanagh, Director, IPS
Bill Fletcher, labor and international activist
Moderator: Karen Dolan, Fellow, IPS

TUESDAY, November 11, 12:30 – 2pm
The Election and Climate Action: How climate change was discussed during the campaign.
Janet Redman, Researcher, Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, IPS
Brent Blackwelder, President, Friends of the Earth US
James Barrett, Executive Director, Redefining Progress
Arjun Makhijani, President, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
Sandra Schubert,* Director, Government Affairs, Environmental Working Group
Moderator: Daphne Wysham, Fellow, IPS

For more than four decades, the Institute for Policy Studies has transformed ideas into action for peace, justice, and the environment. It is a progressive multi-issue think tank.

Book Event: Globalization on the GroundWhat Bolivia Teaches Us

Busboys & Poets - 14th & V 2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

As the U.S. enters a new political era, what can we learn from one nation´s battle to define its own way forward in a globalizing world? Jim Shultz and Melissa Crane Draper of the Democracy Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia will share lessons from the book Dignity and Defiance: Stories from Bolivia's Challenge to Globalization. The event, co-hosted by the Institute for Policy Studies, along with Food and Water Watch and the Quixote Center, will also feature music, a slideshow, and refreshments.

Dignity and Defiance, edited by Jim Shultz and Melissa Crane Draper, is a powerful, well-crafted, eyewitness account, of Bolivia's rebellion from below. Readers will find compelling first person accounts of Bolivia's historic water revolt; of a massive Shell-Enron oil spill and its aftermath; of a nation's battle to control its oil and gas; and of one people's dramatic and successful challenge to the policies of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Here too is the story of those seeking out globalization's opportunities, from indigenous weaving communities to emigrants, transplanted to three continents.

Bolivia's story is emblematic of the major political and social transformation underway throughout Latin America today. This book brings readers into that story at a human level, through the eye of skilled writers who blend together deep research and compelling narrative to bring a nation's story to life.

About the Democracy Center: The Democracy Center works globally to advance social justice through a combination of investigation and reporting, training citizens in the art of public advocacy, and organizing international citizen campaigns.

IPS is working with The Democracy Center to challenge the international investment rules that undermine human rights and democracy by giving foreign investors the right to bypass domestic courts and sue governments directly in international tribunals.

Debate on Globalization: Threat or Opportunity?

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC, United States

The IMF’s stated mission is to create and maintain macro-economic stability and to assist countries having solvency issues with their balance of payments. There are those who assert that the IMF is actually a destabilizing force within the global economy, while others believe that the countries themselves are to blame for poor economic choices.  In a provocative contest of perspectives and analysis Rick Rowden, a long time critic of IMF policy will challenge Eugene Nyambal, former Senior Advisor to Executive Director at the Board of Directors of the IMF.

Debate: Are “Failed States” A Product of Modern Globalization?

National Press Club Ballroom 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC, United States

A debate on the motion that “Failed States are a Product of Modern Globalization.” Moderated by Foreign Policy magazine Editor-in-Chief Susan Glasser. Debaters include Col. John Agoglia (Ret.), Vice-President of IDS International; Emira Woods from the Institute for Policy Studies; Paul Wood, the President of Pax Mondial; and  Dr. Arvind Subramanian of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Globalization & The Mexican Village

Busboys & Poets - 14th & V 2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

Call’s story, No Word for Welcome, invites readers into the homes, classrooms, storefronts, and fishing boats of the isthmus, as well as the mahogany-paneled high-rise offices of those striving to control the region. With timely and invaluable insights into the development battle, Call shows that the people who have suffered most from economic globalization have some of the clearest ideas about how we can all survive it.

Occupy Global Africa!

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC, United States

Occupy Global Africa!                                                                             
Challenges of a Pan African Vision for the 21st Century

Come to a presentation and discussion with Affiong L. Affiong, Executive Director of the Moyo Pan Afrikan Solidarity Centre based in Accra and London. In Washington DC for a national lecture and speaking tour in the USA to rebuilding bridges across the Atlantic, Affiong will address such questions as: What are the challenges of African people today, on the Continent and in the Diaspora? Where is the place of African people in the framework of the new world order? As we celebrate Black History Month in 2012, how do we prepare for the challenges which await us beyond the horizon?

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

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC, United States

The Landau film for the month of November shows how foreign investment in export factories distort both the culture and environment and how the people of Tepoztlan, Mexico confronted federal troops to stop such injustice.

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

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC, United States

Come to this brown bag session that will be an introduction to the World Bank and IMF with IPS experts John Cavanaugh and Emira Woods.

Global Race to the Bottom is Getting Much Worse

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church 1157 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY, United States

A teach-in and lobby skill-share session about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and what you can do to impact the biggest trade deal ever.

NAFTA’s Impact on Communities and The Environment

Communications Workers of America 501 3rd Street NW, Washington, DC, United States

Join IPS Global Economy project and co-sponsors for a forum examining 20 years of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Film: Fire In The Blood

Landmark E Street 555 11th St NW, Washington, DC, United States

IPS' Global Economy and Foreign Policy In Focus projects co-sponsor this a shocking exposé of how pharmaceutical companies use patent law to keep profits unconscionably high even at the expense of peoples’ lives.

Developments in International Investment Agreements

Columbia Law School 435 W 116th Street, New York, NY, United States

IPS Associate Fellow, Manuel Pérez-Rocha of our Global Economy project will offer his valuable perspective on the impacts of International Investment Agreements (IIAs) on the domestic laws and policies of state parties.