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The Mineral Rush

Wealthy countries are angling for access to the resources of poorer countries to power a "clean energy" transition. But this transition is about so much more than that.
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How Russia's War in Ukraine Threatens the Planet

The war has cost lives and destroyed the Ukrainian economy. But it has also been a major environmental hazard.

How to Rapidly Reduce Fossil Fuel Use

Hint: rationing is a better approach than markets.

The U.S. Government's Greatest Enemy

When it comes to U.S. security, Americans are more of a threat than the Chinese or the Russians.

REPORT: Sending Arms or Twisting Arms: The U.S. Role in the Ukraine War

This backgrounder explores the causes of the war in Ukraine and the actions of different actors in the conflict to date.

The Persistent Allure of Military Coups

Sudan is in yet another civil war. Can it put military rule behind it once and for all?

Donald Trump and America's Democratic Reputation

Trump attacked democracy. Will democracy fight back?

Colombia Adopts an Unprecedented Energy Policy—but Needs Help to Pull It Off

Will the world, and particularly the United States, now lend a hand to Colombia to pull it out of its economic hole?

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Ukraine is fighting against two evils simultaneously: the reality of Putin and the possibility of nuclear war.

Ukraine and the Lessons of the Iraq War

The call of the peace movement 20 years ago--invading troops out!--should be the call of the peace movement today.
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IPS Looks Back on 20 Years of Endless War and Border Militarization

We didn’t stop the Iraq War, but we changed history. Here’s a look at the legacy of the last two decades — and the brighter future that can follow.

Free Trade or Just Green Trade?

Corporations are using trade and investment treaties to handcuff global and national efforts to save the planet.

Ukraine's Future: Like Korea or Yugoslavia?

Will the war turn into a stalemate or the crushing defeat of an imperial power?

Can the World Save the World?

The international community has so far failed to made a dent in the climate crisis. Is the problem all about governance?

We Need to Cut the Military Budget, But Don't Trust the Far Right to Do It

There’s an urgent need to stop funding wars and human rights abuses abroad and to free up funding for human needs at home. The Freedom Caucus can’t be counted on for either.
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Spying vs. Spying

The United States and China should be putting their surveillance capabilities to better use.
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Battling a Mining Goliath on Two Continents

Environmental activists have made some important strides in confronting the Australian mining company Lynas.

Maybe the World Isn't Falling Apart

There are several reasons to be optimistic, from repairing the ozone layer to combating COVID.

Israel's Strange Ambivalence on Ukraine

So much for conspiracy theories about Jews controlling the world. We can’t even get together to control the outcome of the war in Ukraine.
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From the Unsustainable Here to the Sustainable There

Economic growth is killing the planet. How do we engineer an alternative?

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John Feffer

John Feffer

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

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