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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Iran in the Crosshairs: How to Prevent Washington’s Next War

As George W. Bush’s administration enters its last year in office, the danger of a U.S. military attack on Iran looms.

Iran in the Crosshairs

As George W. Bush’s administration enters its last year in office, the danger of a U.S. military attack on Iran looms.

The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water

The three water crises – dwindling freshwater supplies, inequitable access to water and the corporate control of water – pose the greatest threat of our time to the planet and to our survival.

The Enduring Trap in Iraq

The Bush administration is stirring the pot once again by negotiating an agreement with the “sovereign” Iraqi government to place U.S. military troops and bases permanently on Iraqi soil despite strong objections from many Democrats.

Nervously and Rapidly, Iran Courts Egypt

While much of the world is focused on Bush’s attempts to demonize and isolate Iran, the Islamic Republic is forging new ties with an unlikely partner, Egypt.

Looking Presidential on Pakistan

As the race for the White House heats up, Presidential candidates are using the turmoil in Pakistan to show off their foreign policy credentials.

For an Iran Policy, More Nixon, Less Bush

Our future president will do well in remembering Richard Nixon’s approach to international politics, which, while often callous, was focused on clear end-goals for our nation.

Iraq Outlook 2008

The “surge” has been crafted on a foundation that can topple at any moment, leaving its “success” in doubt.

Iran Hawks Find New Supporters Against the NIE

The organized challenge against the 2007 NIE on Iran this month included an Iranian exile group which for years has cried wolf about Iran.

The Surge: Illusion & Reality

Car bombings, sectarian violence and attacks on U.S. troops are down. But does the reduced violence have anything to do with the “surge”?

Bush Still Spinning Nukes in Iran

Despite the perception that the NIE halted the possibility of war in Iran, we all need to be organizing to shut down the Administration’s war mongering. This season of peace demands no less.

Winning or Losing in Iraq

In order to “win”, we need to sell the invasion and occupation to the Iraqis.

Midwest City Fights Back Against Iran War-Mongering

Congress may buy into unchecked aggression, but not the city of Gary, Indiana.

New Intelligence Estimate Calls for Credible Diplomatic Option to Extend Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Halt

The new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran challenges the Bush administration’s rhetoric on a possible WWIII in Iran.

Beyond the Green Zone

An honest look at Iraq and the U.S. occupation from an unembedded journalist.

U.S. Tells Iran: Become a Nuclear Power

The history of Iran and nuclear power is more complicated than the Administration suggests.

Engaging Syria: We’d Be Crazy Not To

Some suggest we’d be crazy to negotiate with people like Ahmadinejad and Assad. But with the specter of WWW III on the horizon, we’d be crazy not to.

The Costs of War for Oil

We have to decide, as a nation, whether our need for Middle Eastern oil is more important to our future than our conduct as a moral and ethical people.

Globalization: What Is To Be Done?

The race for the presidency has crystallized the debate about what to do about “globalization,” a short-hand way of describing the increasing tendency of firms to locate production abroad, often for the purpose of exporting goods back to the United States rather than producing for the local market.

Iran – Rationality in the Eye of the Beholder?

By confusing fiction with fact, rhetoric with reality, the United States is proceeding down a dangerous path.

    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