Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland Center on Policy Attitudes
The Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) studies public opinion on international issues. PIPA is a joint program of the Center on Policy Attitudes (COPA) and the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM),University of Maryland.
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Program on International Policy Attitudes

The Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) was established in 1992 with the purpose of giving public opinion a greater voice in international relations. PIPA conducts in-depth studies of public opinion that include polls, focus groups and interviews. It integrates its findings together with those of other organizations. It actively seeks the participation of members of the policy community in developing its polls so as to make them immediately relevant to the needs of policymakers. PIPA is a joint program of the Center on Policy Attitudes (COPA) and the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM).

Survey Finds Pessimism Among Israelis and Palestinians Obscures Potential for Comprehensive Agreement

An innovative survey of Israelis and Palestinians, released Dec. 6, 2013 at the Saban Center of the Brookings Institution, found that pessimism about current negotiations and the readiness of the other side to compromise has obscured the fact that there is substantial common ground between a majority of Israelis and Palestinians on a comprehensive peace agreement.

Only 4% of Israelis and 11% of Palestinians believe that current negotiations will bring an agreement in the next year, and half of both Israelis and Palestinians believe a peace agreement will never be reached. However, when Israelis and Palestinians were presented the same eight- point package deal covering what many experts regard as a possible framework for an agreement, six in ten on both sides approved of their government supporting the deal if the other side would support it as well. Read More | Read Full Report | View Questionnaire

Framing of Syria issue key to public support

WorldPublicOpinion.org is an international collaborative project whose aim is to give voice to public opinion around the world on international issues. As the world becomes increasingly integrated, problems have become increasingly global, pointing to a greater need for understanding between nations and for elucidating global norms. With the growth of democracy in the world, public opinion has come to play a greater role in the foreign policy process. WorldPublicOpinion.org seeks to reveal the values and views of publics in specific nations around the world as well as global patterns of world public opinion.

WorldPublicOpinion.org was initiated by and is managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes. PIPA's current studies and electronic archives can be found by visiting WPO.

COPA and CISSM

The Program on International Policy Attitudes is a joint program of the Center on Policy Attitudes and the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM).

The Center on Policy Attitudes (COPA) is a group of social science researchers that was established in 1992. Its purpose is to give the public a greater voice in the public policy process by seeking to discern public opinion on public policy and to communicate its findings to the policy community, academia and the press. It does this by:

  • Conducting nationwide polls, focus groups and interviews
  • Integrating its findings together with those from other organizations into a coherent analysis of majority opinion
  • Actively communicating its findings

The Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) was established in 1987, and is based at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. It is located just outside Washington, DC, in College Park, Maryland -- a site that reflects CISSM's roots in the academic community and close ties to the world of policy. By involving faculty, students, and visiting scholars from a wide range of disciplines the Center enlivens and broadens campus discussion. Through its research, conferences, and publications, CISSM reaches beyond the University to the policy community to improve communications between scholars and practitioners.

Board of Advisors

Chairman, I.M. Destler, University of Maryland
Gloria Duffy, Commonwealth Club
Alton Fry, Council on Foreign Relations
William Frenzel, Brookings Institution
Alan Kay, Americans Talk Issues Foundation
Catherine Kelleher, University of Maryland
Anthony Lake, Georgetown University
Benjamin Page, Northwestern University
Robert Shapiro, Columbia University
Frederick Steeper, Market Strategies
Daniel Yankelovich, Public Agenda Foundation


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