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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The Royal Treatment: Saudi Involvement in Iraq Overlooked

Iran is on the hot seat these days while the threat from Saudi Arabia is ignored.

A Welcome Page in the Newspaper

An informed public is the best safeguard for maintaining both our security and our freedoms.

Annotate This… President Bush’s Sept 13 Speech to the Nation on Iraq

In this edition of Annotate This… Stephen Zunes and Erik Leaver analyze Bush’s statements and offer an alternative interpretation of the situation on the ground.

Burning the Ships? Iran and the United States

America is forcing Iran into a corner, from which it is only likely to emerge armed with a nuclear warhead — turning what is considered by many a nightmare scenario into a reality.

Darfur: The Other Anniversary

Don’t be too surprised, but a tough attitude is the best gift you can give Darfur today.

The U.S., India and the Elusive 123 Deal

If passed in its current form, the U.S.-India agreement will act as a catalyst for pumping nuclear fuel and technology into a region perceived by some U.S. leaders as a “nuclear tinder box”.

Bush Won’t Stop the Bucks

Trying to paper over political problems in Iraq by sinking additional American greenbacks into military operations misses the point entirely.

Executive Pay Debate Raging in Europe and the United States

The CEO-worker pay gap is finally getting some high-profile attention from Presidential candidates. But lawmakers still aren’t doing nearly enough to tackle the gap.

The Dangers of Scolding an Embattled Arab Leader

The last few days have brought a flurry of tense words between the Bush administration and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki. Make no mistake: these words are dangerous.

Gasoline for the Fire

Like a gambling addict who has to keep betting more to cover his previous losses, the Bush administration’s recently announced plan to provide some $65 billion worth of advanced weapons to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel over the next 10 years represents a reckless, poorly considered attempt to mitigate the consequences of its ill considered invasion of Iraq.

Misunderstanding Muqtada al-Sadr

Muqtada al-Sadr and his followers are deeply embedded in the political structures of the new Iraqi state, regardless of how Muqtada might currently challenge the legitimacy of that state because of its dependence on U.S. support.

Victory in Iraq?

While the American people are seeking a way to bring the troops home from Iraq, the President and his administration are aiming to stay for much longer.

The Democrats’ Support for Bush’s War

Congress’s capitulation to the Bush administration’s request for nearly $100 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has led to outrage throughout the country.

What Happens After Bush Vetoes the Iraq Spending Bill?

The Democratic leadership doesn’t have the votes to override a veto but the Dems are reluctant to sign another blank check for the war.

Shock but No Awe

Bush has promised to veto the Democrats plan to bring the troops home. What will be the result of the showdown between Congress and the President?

Unbalanced Security: The Divide between State and Defense

The Iraq War has exposed the deep imbalance between the State and Defense Departments.

Budgeting for Empire: Ambitions Outweigh Strategy

American defense plans fail to engage with the reality of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Regional Implications of the Iraq War

Contrary to the stated aspirations of Washington hawks, the Iraq War has dealt a body blow to the many Middle Eastern activists working for democracy and peace. On these grounds alone, the war has been an unmitigated disaster.

Four Years of War

Why is it that we refer to the day the Iraq war started as an anniversary?

    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