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

Sudan

Sudan’s size, strategic location, and as-yet-unexploited oil reserves made it a cold war target of superpower intervention.

Iran

The strident anti-Americanism of Iran’s Islamic regime is a direct consequence of past U.S. interference in Iranian internal affairs.

Burma

A nonaligned, economically autarkic, one-party state under harsh military rule since 1962, Burma has metamorphosed into a test case for action on several fronts: human rights in Southeast Asia, international trade relations and the World Trade Organization (WTO), the growing worldwide heroin epidemic, and the role of foreign investors in supporting dictatorships.

Zaire/Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mobutu’s departure has raised Congolese hopes for a better future, but many are concerned about reported rebel human rights abuses and an ambiguous commitment to democracy.

Multilateral Agreement on Investment

International flows of private investment have risen sharply in recent years.

G7 Summit: 1997

The G-7 was formed in 1975 to provide an informal forum for coordination of economic policy among leaders of prominent industrialized nations.

Executive Excess 1997: CEOs Gain From Massive Downsizing

The fourth annual CEO pay report finds that once again, CEOs win and workers lose.

Albania

After the cold war, Albania became a country of strategic importance to the United States.

Export Promotion Programs

Washington’s increasing focus on promoting international investment and trade is evident in the smorgasbord of assistance offered to U.S. exporters.

Warfare vs. Welfare: Subsidies to Weapons Exporters

In the rush to pass tough spending cuts, Congress and the Clinton administration are avoiding making an obvious choice: welfare over warfare.