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

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.

Population and Environment

Sound population policies can brighten environmental prospects while improving life for women and children, enhancing economic development, and contributing to a more secure world.

U.S.-North Korea Relations

The Pentagon has inflated the North Korean threat in order to rationalize its desire for a missile defense system, to justify a capacity to fight two wars simultaneously, and to explain the need to maintain 37,000 troops in South Korea.

Turkey: Arms and Human Rights

Considered a strategic NATO ally, Turkey has benefited from a U.S. policy that is long on military assistance and short on constructive criticism.

OPIC, Ex-Im & Climate Change: Business as Usual?

An Analysis of U.S. Government Support for Fossil Fueled Development Abroad, 1992-98

The Global Sustainable Development Resolution

For the past decade, through both Republican and Democratic administrations, the U.S. government has promoted a model of free-market global capitalism that it claimed would benefit the great majority of people both at home and abroad. This model has failed.

Continuing Storm: The U.S. Role in the Middle East

With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the triumph in the Gulf War, the United States stands—at least for a time—as the region’s dominant outside power.