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

America Is a Poor Advertisement for Democracy

Congressional paralysis, voter suppression, and widespread political polarization all suggest that American democracy is far from exemplary.

Striketober Becomes Strikesgiving as Workers Rediscover the Power of Unions

Better wages and health care may always face headwinds in Washington, but unions are striking to win them directly.

Climate Change and the Limits of Economic Growth

If economic growth ushered in this era of climate change, how can economic growth also be part of the solution?

War on Terror Film Festival Panel Discussion: We Are Many

Phyllis Bennis joins a War on Terror Film Festival panel discussion for the film, We Are Many.

American Tax Policy in the Age of Trillionaires

Have we just about decided that the further accumulation of billionaire fortunes makes for good public policy?

Latin America Should Withdraw From the World Bank’s Harsh Trade Court

A secretive World Bank tribunal lets multinational corporations sue governments over basic regulations. Mexico should lead a Latin American exodus.

Missing from the Climate Talks: Corporate Powers to Sue Governments Over Extractives Policies

Allowing oil, mining, and gas companies to continue to file expensive lawsuits over environmental regulations could undermine whatever agreements might be reached in the COP26 in Glasgow.

Democrats’ Budget Deal Will Collect Billions from the Wealthy to Invest in Human Needs

The compromise is an important first step towards a fair tax system and a more equitable economy.

U.S. Military Contracts Totaled $3.4 Trillion Over 10 Years

Democrats are slashing the Build Back Better bill from $3.5 trillion to $1.75 trillion over ten years. Meanwhile, Pentagon contractors have received $3.4 trillion over the past decade.

The Real Meaning of Squid Game

South Korea has been a big winner in the game of globalization. But it has come at a price.