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

Democratizing the Trade Debate

Shaping new international rules for labor rights, environmental protection, gender equity, minority rights, sustainable development, and other social goals is a formidable political challenge in view of the forces promoting profit-above-all trade and investment policies.

Human Rights and Intelligence Reform

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has long been associated with the overthrow of governments and the installation of bloody military regimes.

Investment Liberalization Agenda

The Clinton administration has put investment liberalization at the center of much of its foreign policy regarding investment flows.

The South Asian Nuclear Crisis

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

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.

U.S.-Africa Economic Initiatives

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

Small Arms Trade

The easy availability of light military weaponry contributes to international crime, terrorism, and internal conflict, which are some of Washington’s foremost security concerns.