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. Leadership in the Global Economy

The twenty-first century requires new paths that encourage exchanges of goods, capital, and people that enhance the social and environmental common good and that discourage or stop those exchanges that undermine healthy communities, a clean environment, and dignified work.

Overseas Private Investment Organization

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a wholly owned government corporation established in 1971, provides taxpayer-backed loans, loan guarantees, and insurance to U.S. businesses for investments in “politically risky” countries.

U.S. Democratization Assistance

The Clinton administration went further than Reagan and Bush, announcing in 1993 that all U.S. foreign policy would be guided by the doctrine of “enlargement,” aimed at expanding the community of democratic states.

Export-Import Bank

The Export-Import Bank (Eximbank) is an independent U.S. government agency established in 1934 to create jobs through exports.

United States and Africa: Starting Points for a New Policy Framework

In practice, however, Washington’s legacies of neglect and of inappropriate policies toward Africa have remained largely in place with the same overall guidelines

Global Environmental Protection in the 21st Century

In the past three decades, protecting the global environment has emerged as one of the major challenges in international relations.

Repairing the Global Financial Architecture: Painting over Cracks vs. Strengthening the Foundations

An alternative package of architectural reforms: Bretton Woods Light

Containment Lite: U.S. Policy Toward Russia and Its Neighbors

Instead of consulting with Russia over key foreign policy issues such as the Iraq bombings and allied policy toward former Yugoslavia, Washington has attempted to steer Moscow into a diplomatic backwater where it can exert little global influence.

Corporate Welfare and Foreign Policy

FPIF Corporate Welfare Package

Capital Flows and Exchange Rate Policy

As neoliberal policies foster greater privatization of the international financial system, countries must rely almost entirely on private financial flows to finance trade, to settle international accounts, even to meet domestic credit needs.