Our Programs

CIP provides cross-cutting analysis that examines the true causes and unforeseen consequences of conflict. The examination of three factors in particular is central to our unique analytical approach: the role of non-state actors, corruption, inequality, and the various forms of discrimination (xenophobia, racism and sexism). By interrogating these elements and their intersections in each of our programs, we work to expose the reasons underpinning the perpetuation of militarism with impunity no matter how consistently disastrous the result. This strategic analytical approach is integrated into all of CIP’s programs, which also offer alternative solutions to security challenges that are effective and sustainable for our nation, our global community, and our planet.

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Human Rights and Security Policy Program

This program explores the domestic, foreign, and geopolitical implications of US foreign policy on civilian wellbeing around the globe. A significant component of this program is the Security Assistance Monitor (SAM), the first and only resource to house all publicly available, official data on U.S. security assistance in one place and make it easily searchable online. Through research, data collection, and analysis, SAM aims to increase transparency, oversight, and accountability of security assistance and the international arms trade. 

Climate, Arms & Migration Policy Program

This program evaluates the intersecting impacts of US energy and climate policies, climate change, and US defense policy on ecosystems and civilian populations worldwide. A key program focus is interrogating the implications of US policy responses to climate-related security challenges, including the environmental impact of security assistance and its contribution to irregular migration. Read about our Riverkeepers Project here. 

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Space Policy Program

CIP’s space program focuses on diplomacy, international criminal liability, and national security threats in space. We work with experts to identify gaps in space governance, anticipate future challenges, and identify potential solutions as space is increasingly integrated into the theater of war. In addition, we explore the legal, environmental, and geopolitical ramifications of the emerging space race.

Technology Policy Program

CIP’s technology policy program explores the impact of how the US obtains, produces, markets, and uses technology on geopolitical relations and civilian harm, particularly in the Global South. A particular focus is on the social impact of US communication platforms and technologies on civilian populations worldwide. This analysis includes the study of cyberwarfare and cyberespionage, artificial intelligence, and supply chain policies.

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