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.

The Littoral Combat Ship: The Warship That Can’t Go to War

By Jacob Marx

Aug-26-2014 | Policy Brief

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is the Navy’s response to perceived changes in naval warfare and falling budgets. In theory, the LCS is a multifaceted and cost-effective answer to these requirements. In reality, the LCS is an overpriced, underperforming vessel that does not meet current needs and is a bad deal for taxpayers... Read More »

Report to Supporters Spring 2014

By Bill Goodfellow

May-19-2014 | Report

2014 has been a successful year so far with major advances in reshaping defense spending, curbing tax evasion and advancing awareness on global climate change... Read More »

Promising the Sky: Pork Barrel Politics and the F-35 Combat Aircraft

By William D. Hartung

Jan-22-2014 | Report

Lockheed Martin's assertions that the development and construction of the F-35 combat aircraft sustains 125,000 jobs in 46 states are exaggerated says Hartung, and his latest report documents how the real number is roughly half of what Lockheed Martin claims... Read More »

We Already Have Boots on the Ground in Iraq

By William D. Hartung

Sep-11-2014 | Article

Carrying out the president's new strategy of "destroying" ISIS could mean thousands of more boots on the ground... Read More »

Perpetual War, and Shame, Is Our Policy

By Matthew Hoh

Sep-11-2014 | Article

As long as the United States is shackled with the debilitating psychosis of 9/11 and the resultant moral weakness of our elected officials, the Middle East will be full of targets for our bombs, Iraqi and Syrian mothers and fathers will raise children destined to kill and be killed, jihadist narratives of Crusaders will be validated, and our perpetual war will be as boundless as our shame... Read More »

The Beheadings Are Bait

By Matthew Hoh

Sep-04-2014 | Article

The U.S. would be playing directly into the hands of the Islamic State, driving more and more men to join their cause, by escalating militarily in the region... Read More »

Hill Briefing

Sep-16-14 | Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-11

With the President’s announcement of a $5 billion Counter Terrorism Partnerships Fund in late May, the Obama administration is greatly expanding U.S. foreign security assistance to combat terrorism around the world. Join us for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities created by this announcement... Read More »

Advancing Collaboration between the United States and Cuba in Marine Science and Conservation

May-08-14 | Carnegie

Join us for a unique panel discussion to learn about the results of a landmark meeting for Cuba and the U.S., and what it may mean for the future of marine science and international relations... Read More »

Afghanistan: Past, Present and Future

Oct-18-13 | 2000 M Street NW Conference Room A

Please join us in a lively discussion on how Afghanistan’s rich history will affect its future with two experts who have over 80 years of combined experience analyzing the country’s historical and socio-political context... 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 »