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.

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 »

Lessons from Burundi's Security Sector Reform Process

By Nicole Ball

Nov-17-2014 | Policy Brief

Security sector reform (SSR) is increasingly put forward as a solution for a broad spectrum of African states facing security challenges. Yet, for a variety of reasons, there are relatively few examples of successful SSR implementation... Read More »

The Word Is Out: The U.S. Once Again Leads the World in Arms Sales

By William D. Hartung

Apr-21-2015 | Article

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has released its annual assessment of the global arms trade, and the United States once again has the dubious distinction on coming in at the number-one spot. For the period covering 2010 to 2014, the U.S. accounted for 31 percent of global arms sales, followed by Russia at 27 percent. The next largest exporters — China, (5%), France (5%), Germany (5%) and the United Kingdom (4%) — lagged far behind... Read More »

The Price of Peace: Why War is Bad for People, but Good for Business

By William D. Hartung

Apr-20-2015 | Article

A reduction of tensions in the Middle East could be bad news for Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest arms-producing corporation... Read More »

Yemen Campaign Tests U.S. Military Aid Policy

By Seth Binder

Apr-17-2015 | Article

As Yemen remains embroiled in conflict, the US policy to build partner capacity is being challenged. The United States cannot stop foreign countries from conducting their own foreign policy, even those receiving U.S. weapons. The airstrikes have killed innocent civilians and further destabilized a country, heightened the regional proxy war and strengthened AQAP’s hand. No easy solution exists in Yemen. However, as Operation Decisive Storm is demonstrating, building partner capacity can potentially cause as many problems as it hoped to eliminate... 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 »