Our Work

At IPS, our work is centered in our vision: we believe everyone has a right to thrive on a planet where all communities are equitable, democratic, peaceful, and sustainable. Our intersecting programs and initiatives, led by a diverse group of expert staff and associate fellows, are helping to shape progressive movements toward this vision.

Latest Work

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How to Fund ‘Medicare for All’: Slash the Military

We’ve identified more than $300 billion in annual military savings alone that we could better invest in priorities like Medicare for All.
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Can an Economic Stat Help Narrow Our Grand Economic Divide?

Egalitarian-minded economics are pushing for a 'GDP 2.0' — and getting some lawmaker help.

Help Spread the Word: #WhoIsBuyingSeattle

Help us spread the word about our report: Who is Buying Seattle? The Perils of the Luxury Real Estate Boom
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Trump’s Endless Wars

Trump’s been haphazardly deploying more troops, drones, and dollars abroad for endless wars while waging a shadow foreign policy for his own benefit.
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Where Is 'Line Worker Barbie'?

CEO-worker pay gaps are the clearest proof that corporations like Mattel and many others don't respect their employees.
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A 'Red Deal': Why Indigenous Communities Belong at the Center of Climate Action

Policies that aren't rooted in Indigenous communities can cause many of the same oppressive outcomes as extraction.
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Trump Steps Into a Turkish-Kurdish Minefield

The U.S. is deeply involved in the region surrounding Syria. Its actions helped lay the groundwork for the current struggle faced by the Kurds.

Report: Who is Buying Seattle?

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Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds Is Terrible, But the Answer Is Not Endless War

Like millions of others, the Kurds are victims of disastrous U.S. interventions in the region.
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The Supreme Court Needs to Protect Trans People from Discrimination

“I wasn’t hired because I am trans. And in more than half the country—twenty-nine states, in fact —that’s perfectly legal.”
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Even Alongside Impeachment, AOC's Plan to Eradicate Poverty Should Be Headline News

While Trump's potential impeachment dominates news feeds, let's not lose sight of the deep policy changes needed to make this country work for all of us.
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Dig Beneath the World’s Far-Right Governments — You’ll Find Fossil Fuels

From Brazil to India to the United States, extractive industries have aligned themselves with authoritarian governments waging war on minority populations.
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Have Researchers Just Hit an Inequality Trifecta?

Three new sets of stats help us understand why America's 400 richest have never been richer.
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Trump’s Undeclared State of Emergency

Trump is counting on his base to endorse his increasingly open law-breaking. It may not end well.
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Don't Leave Equality to the Supreme Court

In 29 states, trans people can legally be denied jobs and housing because of who we are. Congress should act.
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The Middle East and North Africa Shouldn't Be A Playground for Foreign Powers

Foreign powers, and the U.S. in particular, have long been entrenched in the Middle East and North Africa region, either directly or through proxies.
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Inequality Is Literally Killing Us

Again and again, studies show that the richer wealthy Americans become, the shorter the rest of us live.
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California Takes On the NCAA and Allows College Athletes to Get Paid

The NCAA brings in more than a billion dollars in revenue annually. Meanwhile, college athletes struggle to make ends meet. California wants to change that.
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Celebrating Environmental Defenders at the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards

Meet the 43rd Annual Letelier-Moffitt awardees, the Honduran Comité Municipal en Defensa de Bienes Comunes y Naturales del Municipio de Tocoa and Zero Hour.
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The Key to Distributing Wealth More Equitably

We only build and sustain more equal societies when we confront the economic dynamics that generate inequality in the first place.