Research & Policy Papers

Browse the Institute’s policy and research papers on a variety of topics.

Civil Rights and Education Reform
An Evaluation of Civil Rights Concerns within Charter Schools and the School Improvement Grant Program

Buying Enemies
Why Foreign Assistance Endangers US Security Interests and Directions for Reform

The Ukrainian Crisis
A Disputed Past and Present

National Security in Cooperation
The United States, the United Kingdom, and International Actors

Juvenile Justice in the Commonwealth
Analyzing Judicial Reform in the Aftermath of Miller v. Alabama

Rethinking Teacher Recruitment at Harvard
Spring 2013 IOP Education Policy Group
This paper presents the findings of the Harvard Institute of Politics’ Education Policy Group for the Spring 2013 semester. The group focused on teacher recruitment policies on Har-vard’s campus and surveyed students seriously considering teaching after graduation to deter-mine how recruitment programs could be better directed at the needs, concerns, and desires of undergraduates interested in entering teaching.

Millennials Civic Health Index report shows varying political and civic engagement from multiple angles, including race, geographic region, urbanity and marital status. Perhaps the most critical correlation is educational attainment and income level. In this, our research shows that the civic gaps aligned with education are particularly pronounced among Millennials.

The State of the States report aims to stimulate conversation about the fiscal challenges of state governments at a time when U.S. states are struggling with budget deficits, falling tax revenues and strapped social programs. The report offers reliable, clear, straightforward examinations of state budgets, public policy and the overall fiscal health of U.S. states.

Engaging With the Freedom and Justice Party: Protecting American National Security Interests in Post-Arab Spring Egypt

The War on Mexican Cartels
Options for U.S. and Mexican Policy-Makers