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

UN Betrayal of Western Sahara Appears Imminent

With the diplomatic umbrella of France and the United States protecting the monarchy from its international obligations, it now appears that Baker will soon be recommending that the UN drop the idea for a plebiscite and replace it with a settlement provid

Guest Work Won’t Stop Migrant Deaths

U.S. President George W. Bush and his Mexican counterpart Vicente Fox are cooking up a new guestworker program to absorb the thickening flow of Mexicans willing to put their lives on the line to bust onto the bottom rungs of the decelerating U.S. economy.

Hard-Learned Lessons: Plan Colombia and Democracy in Peru

Any antidrug policy that forsakes or underestimates the decisive importance of democratic institutions or economic and social issues will always be counterproductive and play into the hands of drug traffickers.

Drug Plane Shoot-Down Policy In Latin America

Whoever is to blame in the Bowers incident, there is no escaping U.S. culpability in a policy that leads to death and destruction and is ultimately ineffective.

The CIA’s Worst-Kept Secret: Newly Declassified Files Confirm United States Collaboration with Nazis

Pried loose by Congress, which passed the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act three years ago, a long-hidden trove of once-classified CIA documents confirms one of the worst-kept secrets of the cold war–the CIA’s use of an extensive Nazi spy network to wage a

U.S. Arrogance on Display in UN Human Rights Commission Flap

The decision by the U.S. Congress to withhold $244 million in dues owed to the United Nations only builds upon the growing global perception of U.S. arrogance.

Closing the Latin American Air-Bridge: A Disturbing History

The supposedly successful closure of the “air bridge” hasn’t therefore meant the end of the joint U.S./Peruvian “surveillance” program, but rather increased the area where “interdiction” must occur.

Alternative Development Won’t End Colombia’s War

Even if the U.S. and Colombian governments were to take alternative development seriously, there are staggering obstacles to overcome.

Coming of Age in Colombia: “No Podemos Perder La Esperanza”

It is time to say ” ya no más” and to join together to build a genuine movement for peace.

End U.S. Support for Egyptian Repression

he United States cannot hope to promote democracy around the world as long as its supports repressive rule in Egypt or anywhere else.