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

U.S.-China Security Relations (revised Apr 1999)

Despite frequent alarms about the supposed China threat, China is not an emerging superpower.

Overseas Military Bases and Environment

The United States operates a vast array of foreign bases manifesting many of the same environmental problems found at domestic bases, including toxics in drinking water, explosives on firing ranges, and noise pollution.

Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering

The trade in illicit drugs is estimated to be worth $400 billion a year, and it accounts for 8% of all international trade, according to the United Nations.

International Tobacco Sales (revised Oct 2000)

The human costs of tobacco use are staggering and rising dramatically.

The South Asian Nuclear Crisis

India has developed its nuclear weapons program in reaction to local, regional, and global nuclear and political realities.

Global Climate Change

Climate change may be one of the defining issues of the twenty-first century, because it pits the potential disruption of our global climate system against the future of a fossil fuel-based economy.

Portfolio Investment

Since the mid-1980s, there has been a dramatic increase in the magnitude of international flows of portfolio investment (PI), especially from countries in the North to emerging market economies across the South.

Foreign Direct Investment

The global economic integration of trade, investment, and finance is raising new issues for U.S. foreign economic policy.

Global Banking

Since the early 1980s, bankers— working together with national policymakers and officials at such international financial institutions (IFIs) as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)—have largely succeeded in deregulating the global banking system.

U.S.-Africa Economic Initiatives

Despite Clinton’s visit, the U.S. has failed to formulate a coherent policy with respect to Africa.