Erik is the communications manager at IPS. Previously he served as a research fellow with the peace and security program and with the Foreign Policy In Focus project.

Erik holds an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico. He worked with the Interhemispheric Resource Center in New Mexico on Foreign Policy In Focus before moving to Washington to continue his work at IPS in April 1999.

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How to Exit Afghanistan

Five pillars of an exit strategy for Afghanistan.

Decision Point: Afghanistan

Even if McChrystal gets all of the troops he wants, is it mission impossible?

Book Review: ‘IraqiGirl’

Hadiya’s a poet and blogger, but what this book reveals is that she isn’t a “normal” girl.

Beyond Muscle: Using Financial Leverage for Middle East Peace

To promote the conditions for peace in the Middle East, the U.S. should tie security assistance to Israeli settlement policy.

The Bully in Baghdad

Politics has trumped democracy as Iraq just postponed a key vote on the status of U.S. forces in their country.

Time for Effective Aid in Afghanistan

Plenty of military options are on the table for Afghanistan, but solutions based on development are sorely lacking.

A Withdrawal in Name Only

U.S. troops are moving out of Iraqi cities — or are they?

A Global Public Health Policy Based on Science, Not Demagoguery

Instead of promoting a rational, reasoned response to the swine flu outbreak, global health officials helped inflame sentiment against immigrants in the United States and across the globe.

Martyrdom’s Strategy: Suicide Bombers Target Obama’s Withdrawal Plan

The latest surge in violence isn’t because the United States is leaving, but because the timeframe and terms of withdrawal are unclear.

Obama’s First 100 Days: Foreign Policy

He’s better than his predecessor, but whether he’s adding to an already gargantuan Pentagon budget or sending more troops to Afghanistan, Obama has maintained some disturbing continuities with Bush-era policies.

Iraq in Fragments

The gulf between the rhetoric of withdrawal and the reality on the ground grows wider each day the occupation continues.

Managing the Iranian Challenge

How skill at devising and executing foreign policy could lay the foundation for a mature and mutually beneficial relationship between the United States and Iran.

Planning for Failure in Afghanistan

Obama’s plan for Afghanistan will likely result in the U.S. (and NATO) being trapped in the region for decades to come.

Iraq Policy Outlook 2009

Iraq remains a country occupied and at war. While violence has decreased and the government is stronger, fighting continues and the United States remains far too powerful in the country for it to be called independent and sovereign

Afghanistan Policy Outlook 2009

After eight years of war, what was all too commonly referred to as “the good war” has grabbed the attention of the public once more.

Gaza: Laboratory for the Power-Hungry

The bloodshed in Gaza was a testing ground for dangerous hypotheses about far greater global political issues.

Russia and Iran Get Strategic

The United States falls into a trap in assuming that Russia doesn’t want a nuclear- armed Iran.

Obama: Listen to Iraqi Opinion

In discussing his plans for the Iraq War, Barack Obama seldom, if ever, mentions the Iraq people as supporting his proposed policy.

Book Review: ‘Dateline Havana: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Future of Cuba’

50 years of Cuba’s Revolution, 50 years of failed U.S. policy.

Film Review: ‘Football Under Cover’

Public diplomacy takes on new meaning as the German and Iranian Women’s soccer teams take to the field.

    Sliding Backwards on Iraq? | March 4, 2010

    Top US General Missteps

    The Asia Times | March 4, 2010

    How to Exit Afghanistan

    YES! Magazine | October 2, 2009

    How to Exit Afghanistan

    Foreign Policy In Focus | October 2, 2009

    A Withdrawal in Name Only

    AlterNet | June 29, 2009

    A Withdrawal in Name Only

    Common Dreams | June 25, 2009

    A Withdrawal in Name Only

    Foreign Policy In Focus | June 24, 2009