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The Latin America Rights & Security Program and other CIP projects cover a wide range of concerns in the Americas from national security issues to border security to finding more peaceful alternatives to militarized policies that neither serve U.S. interests nor benefit the people of the hemisphere.

Honduras: A Government Failing to Protect Its People

By Sarah Kinosian, Lisa Haugaard

Mar-09-2015 | Report

Last December, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) and Center for International Policy (CIP) traveled to Honduras for a first-hand look at events in the country. What we found was a security situation in shambles and a country in dire need of reform. A number of alarming issues face Honduras today, including mass migration, the disturbing and highly visible militarization of law enforcement, grave threats against human rights defenders, and a lack of an effective and independent justice system... 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 »

Applying the Leahy Law to U.S. Military and Police Aid

By Security Assistance Monitor

Dec-01-2014 | Report

A guide on what the Leahy Law says, how the United States applies it and what organizations can do to encourage U.S. action against security forces accused of violations... 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 »

On Pentagon Spending, Will the Real Rand Paul Please Stand Up?

By William D. Hartung

Apr-14-2015 | Article

Rand Paul announced his candidacy for the presidency last week under the slogan"Defeat the Washington Machine, Unleash the American Dream." Yet he seems to be ready to give the biggest Washington machine of all - the Pentagon - a free pass... Read More »

Congress of War

By Matthew Hoh

Apr-08-2015 | Article

It is very bewildering, albeit horrifyingly fascinating, to watch American politicians jockey and posture for war with Iran. With the announcement last week that years of negotiations have yielded a framework agreement that will arrest any Iranian nuclear weapons program, not that one actually exists, while starting the much needed process of bringing Iran back into the world community, many members of Congress seem not just reluctant, but hostile, to the prospects of averting a war with Iran... Read More »

How Europe Can Set the Standard on Anti-money Laundering

By Financial Transparency Coalition

Dec-17-2013 | Fact Sheet

Anonymous shell companies, including those incorporated in the European Union (EU) are often used to hide the proceeds of crime, corruption, or corporate tax evasion... 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 »

The American Public's View on U.S. Military Intervention in Syria

By Stephen Miles, Angela Miller

Sep-04-2013 | Fact Sheet

Win Without War compiled a fact sheet on opinions in the U.S. about a potential military intervention in Syria... Read More »

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