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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Moving the Chains: Congress and the War in Iraq

War opponents must avoid a circular firing squad and encourage moderate Republicans–especially Senators–to join the anti-war camp.

The Iraqi Refugee Crisis

While the U.S. debates whether a civil war is raging in Iraq, the UN estimates that 2.6 million Iraqis have fled violence in their country causing a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions.

The Future of the Anti-War Movement

While we don’t have white and black water fountains or blacks on the back of the bus anymore, we haven’t gone to the next step to ensure that our movement is integrated.

Iraqis in Despair

While politicians in Washington argue over the future of Iraq, half a world away a bloody battle for the soul of Iraq is being fought by Iraqis who are paying a high price for the U.S. occupation.

Keeping All Options on the Table: A Roadmap to Negotiation or War?

Vice President Dick Cheney says “all options are on the table” when it comes to war with Iran, but what does he really mean?

An Evening of Reflection: FPIF’s 10th Anniversary

Join the online celebration of the first 10 years of Foreign Policy In Focus!

FPIF’s First Decade: A Bold Collaboration and Vision

For a decade, FPIF has charted a comprehensive vision of what a more just and effective U.S. foreign policy should be.

Militarism and U.S. Trade Policy

In recent decades, U.S. global economic policies have increasingly driven U.S. military policy.

Can’t Stay the Course, Can’t End the War, But We’ll Call it Bipartisan

The Iraq Study Group’s recommendations focus on transforming the U.S. occupation of Iraq into a long-term, sustainable, off-the-front-page occupation with a lower rate of U.S. casualties.

Think We’re Leaving Iraq? Not So Fast

President Bush is readying the largest request for funds so far to continue the war. Even worse, he’s on the cusp of actually increasing troops.

Elections Offer Hope for a Change in Course in Iraq

It’s hard to believe that President Bush will miss the message voters delivered on Election Day.

Iraq, Elections, and the Costs of War

For the first time in recent history, a foreign policy issue is at the top of the electorate’s mind as they head to the polls.

Sprouting from Inequality: The Root of the Middle East Crises

Too often the inequities between Israelis and Palestinians are overlooked.

Negotiating and Looking Tough: The Mirrored Policies of the U.S. and Iran

While September was a hopeful month for those interested in the de-escalation of tensions between the Unites States and Iran, neither country has yet developed the desire or will to resolve the outstanding issues that exist between them.

Leaving Iraq: A How-To

Bush should be seeking new and creative ways to stop the utter destruction of Iraq and the constant loss of our soldiers.

Postcard from Syria

With a shaky UN-brokered ceasefire in place, Syrians still grapple with the persistent insecurity facing their country’s war-weary borders and the growing refugee problem.

Oil Pressure

When it comes to oil, the U.S. is bypassing democracy in Iraq.

Iraq’s Sectarian Bloodshed "Made in the USA"

Iraqi Shia and Sunnis have lived in harmony for centuries, the U.S. changed that.

Panic as Policy

There is good reason to question President George W. Bush’s claim he made hours after the August 10th terrorist plot was busted that “this country is safer than it was prior to 9/11.”

At War with Syria and Iran: The Neo-Cons May Get Their Wish

Sounding a similar note, the neocons push for war again.

    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