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.
Security Assistance Monitor (SAM)
This program explores the domestic, foreign, and geopolitical implications of US foreign policy on civilian well-being around the globe. SAM houses the first and only publicly available, official data on U.S. security assistance in one place and makes 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 Conflicts & Arms Mapping Program (CAMP)
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.
Diplomacy to End Nuclear Threat (DENT)
The DENT program engages in research, tracking, convening, and advocacy to address structural problems hindering progress on effective global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation – efforts that are critical to a more secure future and livable planet. We examine the threat of nuclear weapons in the context of the broader militarized approach to foreign policy, which exacerbates the risk of conflicts escalating into a catastrophic global nuclear war.
Science and Technology for Peace and Security Program (STEPS)
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. In addition, CIP studies the emerging space race's legal, environmental, and geopolitical ramifications.