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.

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 »

Country Profile: U.S. Security Assistance to Yemen

By Security Assistance Monitor

Oct-20-2014 | Report

Following close to eleven months of street protests calling for an end to his 33-year presidency, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a U.S.-supported transition plan on November 23, 2011. Former Vice President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi was elected president in February 2012 in a one-man election. While the new government has made progress on parts of the transition plan by beginning to restructure the security sector and completing a National Dialogue Conference (NDC), it has yet to revise the constitution or hold new elections... Read More »

Something in the Air: “Isolationism,” Defense Spending, and the U.S. Public Mood

By Carl Conetta

Oct-14-2014 | Report

Is the public trending toward isolationism? Or is interventionism back? Polls suggest a more complex truth... Read More »

The $5 Billion the Pentagon Doesn't Need

By William D. Hartung

Nov-18-2014 | Article

Congress must subject the president's new $5.6 billion war funding request to careful scrutiny, and reject it if questions about the budgetary need and human rights impacts cannot be adequately answered... Read More »

The Escalation of the War in Iraq Is Grounded in Fantasy

By William D. Hartung

Nov-10-2014 | Article

The administration announced last Friday that it would double the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, to 3,100; request an additional $5.6 billion for the war; and put U.S. trainers closer to the front lines. Add to this the recently announced deal to sell Iraq $600 million worth of tank ammunition, and it's clear that the escalation of the president's "limited" war is well under way... Read More »

The Pentagon's Arguments for Runaway Arms Trading Are Indefensible

By William D. Hartung

Nov-04-2014 | Article

The Pentagon's weapons trafficking arm -- the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) -- announced last week that it brokered $34 billion in arms deals in fiscal year 2014, one of the highest totals in the history of the agency... 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 »