Erik Leaver

Author Bio

Erik Leaver

Erik is the communications manager at IPS. Previously he served as a research fellow with the peace and security program and with the Foreign Policy In Focus project.

Erik holds an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico. He worked with the Interhemispheric Resource Center in New Mexico on Foreign Policy In Focus before moving to Washington to continue his work at IPS in April 1999.

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Content by this author

Sports as a Resource of Hope

While it's easy to get swept up in the commercialism at major sports events, one shouldn't ignore the transformative capacity of sport to produce social change.

The Double-Edged Sword of Sport and Political Protest

There are some signs that the ever-globalized mass media is helping to portray sport-led political protest to a large audience, yet the effectiveness of the protests surrounding the 2008 Olympics in China will quickly fade away.

The Iranian Chess Game Continues

Diplomacy between Iran and the United States has entered the opening gambit stage and Iran appears to be winning at this point.

A Third Way: Globalization from the Bottom

According to Mark Engler, the future of globalization is in question. Will the fight between "imperial globalization" and "corporate globalization" lead to the rise of democratic globalization"?

Rome vs. Beijing: Olympics that Change the World

David Maraniss' latest book Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World demonstrates how Beijing 2008 is simply another chapter in the quest for separation between sports and state.

Going for the Gold

Forty years after the historic 1968 Olympics, the eyes of the world are focused on Beijing.