Research and Publications


Iran's Political System and Its Implications for US Policy
July 2011

This paper by Dr. Peter Jones, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, provides an overview of the Iranian political system, the roles of officials within this system, and implications of a dynamic Iranian political landscape on future US foreign policy.







Measuring Bipartisan Cooperation on National Security and Foreign Policy in Congress, 1945-2009
April 2010

This report provides the first statistical analysis of Congressional bipartisanship on national security and foreign policy issues, confirming anecdotal evidence of rising partisanship with hard data. In addition, the report analyzes causes of partisanship and provides recommendations for restoring the bipartisan center in Congress.





Matthew Rojansky and Daniel Cassman
October 2009

This report, originally published as an article in YaleGlobal, examines the risk of Al Qaeda or the Taliban obtaining nuclear material in Pakistan. The report includes an analysis of which nuclear sites in Pakistan are most at risk, and a map of the sites and their geographic relation to territory controlled by the Taliban versus the Pakistani government.






Evaluating US Policies to Prevent Nuclear, Chemical, & Biological Terrorism Since 2005
September 2008

This report examines U.S. Government programs to prevent nuclear, chemical, and biological terrorism. In 2005, the 9/11 Public Discourse Project found that the U.S. Government had made “insufficient progress” on safeguarding the country against a WMD terrorist attack, giving these efforts a final grade of “D”. Three years later, PSA gives the U.S. Government a “C”.





US Policies to Reduce the Threat of Nuclear Terror
Brian D. Finlay
September 2008

This report, part of the WMD Report Card Initiative, analyzes current US government policies and programs to prevent nuclear terrorism, giving these efforts a grade of "C."









US Policies to Reduce Global Biothreats
Barry Kellman
September 2008

This report, part of the WMD Report Card Initiative, analyzes current US government policies and programs to prevent biological terrorism, giving these efforts a grade of "C-."










US Policies to Reduce the Chemical Terror Threat
Margaret E. Kosal
September 2008

This report, part of the WMD Report Card Initiative, analyzes current US government policies and programs to prevent chemical terrorism, giving these efforts a grade of "B-."