Peace and Foreign Policy

To build peace, we must dislodge the economic and political foundations of war. IPS believes that a just foreign policy is based on human rights, international law, and diplomacy over military intervention.

Latest Work

U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy at the End of the Century:

Sadly, though the overall number of nuclear weapons is down (from approximately 60,000 in 1990 to 35,000 today) and the antagonism of the cold war has faded, the risk of nuclear war is still real, and the threat of nuclear proliferation is greater than ever.

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Money Talks: The Implications of U.S. Budget Priorities

The military captures almost one-half of the entire federal discretionary budget–money for everything the government does from the FBI to Head Start, excluding only mandatory spending, primarily interest on the national debt and entitlements like Social Security and Medicare.

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Multilateral Debt

For most of the world’s poorest countries, multilateral debt looms larger than other debts because of the IFIs’ status as “preferred creditors,” as providers of core development and balance-of-payment loans.

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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.

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