Policy Research

We conduct research in Washington where policy is made and travel around the world to examine the reality of those policies on the ground. Our delegations and investigative missions enable CIP to expose policies that may be counterproductive to U.S. interests and harmful to citizens of countries on the receiving end of those policies.

See below for links to our policy research work.

Water Wars

By Tom Barry

Aug-10-2015 | Report

The Mexican border state of Sonora is expanding its hydraulic society in the face of climate change, an escalating water crisis, and indigenous opposition... Read More »

Country Profile: U.S. Security Assistance to Tunisia

By Security Assistance Monitor, Project on Middle East Democracy

Apr-21-2015 | Policy Brief

Tunisia is widely credited with initiating the wave of revolutions that swept the Arab world in 2011. Following the ouster of former President Ben Ali, the country navigated an extremely difficult political transition that culminated in the formation of a democratically elected government under a new constitution in December 2014... Read More »

Fighting for Peace: The Tricky Business of Using Greater Force in UN Peace Operations

By Nicole Ball

Mar-04-2015 | Policy Brief

The increased political willingness by UN member states to authorise the use of force has developed well ahead of their risk tolerance and matching capabilities... Read More »

F-35 Still Isn't Ready for Prime Time

By William D. Hartung

Aug-04-2015 | Article

The Pentagon should fill out the force with newly produced, upgraded F-18s and F-16s as needed, while building a limited number of F-35s. This approach would provide a better defense, and it would also be a better deal for taxpayers... Read More »

The Iran Nuclear Deal Through the Lens of History

By Melvin A. Goodman

Aug-02-2015 | Letter

The verification for the nuclear agreement with Iran is more than adequate if the political will exists in Washington over the next decade... Read More »

U.S. Assistance to Nigeria Should Be Tied to Human Rights

By William D. Hartung

Jul-29-2015 | Article

In his recent visit to Washington, newly elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had harsh words for U.S. restrictions on military aid to his nation. In particular, he singled out the Leahy Law, which blocks U.S. aid to military units involved in serious human rights abuses. In a speech at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Buhari denounced the law, accusing it of “aiding and abetting Boko Haram” by denying Nigeria “appropriate strategic weapons to prosecute the war against the insurgents.”... Read More »

US Policy on Syria: War or Diplomacy?

By Carl Conetta

Sep-23-2013 | Fact Sheet

A selection of critical views and proposals on the way forward with Syria... Read More »

Four Decades of US Defense Spending

By Carl Conetta, Charles Knight,

Jan-25-2013 | Fact Sheet

A one page review and assessment of the change in US defense spending over 40 years... Read More »

USA and Allies Outspend Potential Rivals on Military by Four-to-One; America Carries Much of the Defense Burden for its Allies

By Carl Conetta

Jul-17-2012 | Fact Sheet

In this fact sheet Carl Conetta looks U.S. military spending compared to that of other countries... Read More »