The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to cut nearly all funding to the United States Institute of Peace ). USIP was established in 1985 by President Ronald Reagan. Among others, it sponsors a great deal of policy relevant academic research on issues of international peace and security. There are not many alternative funding sources available for the type of research they fund (disclosure: I have never received USIP funding but I have served on USIP funding panels). USIP has also been active in mediation and peacebuilding initiatives and in educating defense department officials on peacebuilding strategies.