Monday, 26 September 2011

Databases and Research Resources

Databases, links directories, portals, statistics and other research resources to help you get the full picture--whatever international affairs topic you are researching.



https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
http://www.eu.thinktankdirectory.org/  The TTDeurope will contain information about the most important think tanks in the European Union.
http://thinktanks.fpri.org/ Foreign Policy Research Institute’s online Think Tank Directory
http://merln.ndu.edu/index.cfm?lang=EN&pageID=1&type=page MERLN (the Military Education Research Library Network) is a comprehensive website devoted to international military education outreach.  It represents a consortium of military education research libraries that work together to provide access to a variety of unique electronic resources for the use of researchers and scholars.
http://vlib.org/InternationalAffairs  The WWW Virtual Library International Affairs
http://www2.etown.edu/vl/un.html UN links and search facilities
http://www.g7.utoronto.ca/ G8 Information Centre provided by the G8 Research Group
http://www.g20.utoronto.ca/ G20 Information Centre provided by the G20 Research Group
http://aerade.cranfield.ac.uk/ AERADE provides access to key aerospace and defence information sources created worldwide.
http://www.crinfo.org/ CRInfo stands for "conflict resolution information source." It is a free service, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
http://einiras.coe.int/ The EDN (EINIRAS Database Network) is a virtual Pan-European system of databases for international relations and area studies.
http://first.sipri.org/ Facts on International Relations and Security Trends offers researchers, politicians and the media an authoritative and structured factual reference system on international relations and security trends.
http://www.incore.ulst.ac.uk/services/cds/metadata/organs.html Organisations and Institutes concerned with peace and conflict – links directory.
http://www.usip.org/library/rcenters.html Digital Collections in International Conflict Management plus links – including foreign ministries list and international organizations list.
http://www.globalsecurity.org/ News, data and analysis on global security issues from a U.S. perspective.
http://www.fas.org/irp/world/index.html World Intelligence and Security Agencies
http://www.humansecuritygateway.com/ The Human Security Gateway focuses attention on threats stemming from violence to individuals and to societies at risk.
http://www.comw.org/infogate/ Project on Defense Alternatives – Gateway to full text documents, articles and books.
http://www.smallarmssurvey.org/ Serves as the principal international source of public information on all aspects of small arms and armed violence and as a resource for governments, policy-makers, researchers, and activists.
http://www.un.org/en/peace/index.shtml Master page for all United Nations sites on peace and security, with full documentation and activities.
http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/ UN Peacekeeping Operations
http://www.prb.org/Publications/Datasheets/2011/world-population-data-sheet.aspx The Population Reference Bureau informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations.
http://www.internal-displacement.org/ The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), established in 1998 by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), is the leading international body monitoring conflict-induced internal displacement worldwide.
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/default.htm The UN Statistics Division is committed to the advancement of the global statistical system.
http://www.cosmopolitikos.com/ The principal objective of Cosmopolitikos.com is to provide the students of International Relations and the practitioners with the best set of tools to reach an understanding of World Politics.
http://www4.carleton.ca/cifp/ Country Indicators for Foreign Policy project
http://www.embassyworld.com/ Directory & Search Engine Of Every Nation's Embassies & Consulates
http://europa.eu/whoiswho/public/index.cfm?lang=en Who is Who search engine for the EU
http://www.globalincidentmap.com/map.php Displays terrorist acts, suspicious activity, and general terrorism news: the page automatically reloads every 360 seconds.
http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/iacnet/ The IACNet is a comprehensive database of organizations and experts in international affairs.
http://www.heritage.org/index/ Index of Economic Freedom – by the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal
http://soc.kuleuven.be/iieb/eufp/ This online resource guide for researchers, practitioners and students is a comprehensive guide through the maze of information sources on EU foreign policy.
http://www.expertoneurope.com/Home - Database of experts on Europe
http://www.esds.ac.uk/international/ Multi-nation aggregate databanks, such as World Bank, and survey data including Eurobarometers.
http://tilastokeskus.fi/tup/kvportaali/index_en.html Key international statistics and data sources have been gathered into this portal.
http://www.offstats.auckland.ac.nz/ Official Statistics on the Web
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/country_profiles/ BBC Country Profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.
http://www.flagdom.com/fotw/flags/ Flags of the World - the Internet’s largest site devoted to the study of flags.
http://www.geohive.com/ A site with all kinds of statistics. The main component is population statistics: historical, projections, cities, agglomerations, etc. But also geopolitical data like the administrative divisions of countries (provinces, counties and such) of all nations of this world. Plus National Statistical Offices links.
http://hdr.undp.org/en/  Human Development reports and statistics – UNDP
http://www.nationmaster.com/index.php  Country to country statistical comparison tool.
http://www.pewglobal.org/ The Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project conducts public opinion surveys around the world on a broad array of subjects ranging from people’s assessments of their own lives to their views about the current state of the world and important issues of the day. 
http://www1.eur.nl/fsw/happiness/index.html World Database of Happiness, Erasmus University Rotterdam
http://www.worldvaluessurvey.org/ A place to learn more about values and cultural changes in societies all over the world. The World Values Survey (WVS) network will carry out a new wave of surveys in 2010 - 2012.
http://www.pollingreport.com/defense.htm - Foreign Affairs and Defense Issues & Space Policy - An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion.
http://aip.completeplanet.com The Deep Web Directory - Discover over 70,000+ searchable databases and specialty search engines.
http://www.accessasia.org/ AccessAsia is a specialized search engine that focuses on experts in the field of contemporary Asian affairs, including economics, health, politics, security, and trade.
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/southasia/cuvl/ South Asia Resource Access on the Internet, Columbia University.
http://www.globaltradealert.org/ Global Trade Alert provides real-time information on state measures taken during the current global downturn that are likely to affect foreign commerce.
http://fita.org/ The The Federation of International Trade Associations Global Trade Portal, is the source for international import export trade leads, events, and links to 8,000 international trade related Websites.
http://www.pri-center.com/  World Bank’s Political Risk Insurance Center - provides a searchable database of Web-based documents on political risk environments; on legal issues related to arbitration, mediation and other investment dispute resolution and prevention mechanisms; research findings and analyses of political risk issues and their relationship to foreign direct investment (FDI) etc.
http://wits.worldbank.org/gptad/ The Global Preferential Trade Agreements Database (GPTAD) provides information on preferential trade agreements (PTAs) around the world, including agreements that have not been notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
http://www.internationaltraderesources.info/ Huge compilation of online resources and research databases.
http://www.executiveplanet.com/index.php?title=Main_Page Executive Planet™ provides valuable tips on business etiquette, customs and protocol for doing business worldwide.
http://aiddata.org/ AidData is an easy-to-use online portal that connects users with information about aid and other development finance activities.
http://www.devdir.org/ The directory of development organizations, listing 70,000 development organizations, has been prepared to facilitate international cooperation and knowledge sharing in development work.
http://www.prosperity.com/ The Legatum Institute Prosperity Index
http://www.mdgmonitor.org/ The MDG Monitor shows how countries are progressing in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
http://www.un.org/en/development/ UN portal on Development
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/index.html Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nukevault/index.htm Nuclear Vault - Resources from the National Security Archive’s Nuclear Documentation Project.
http://habitat.igc.org/ngo-rev/status.html List of non-governmental organizations in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council.
http://www.iadb.org/en/inter-american-development-bank,2837.html Inter-American Development Bank the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean. Many news, analysis, and development reports about the region.
http://afghanistan-analyst.org/news.aspx News sources on Afghanistan
http://aric.adb.org/ Asia Regional Integration Center (ARIC), by the Asian Development Bank, is a knowledge and information portal on Regional Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific.
http://www.satp.org/ South Asia Terrorism Portal
https://www.osac.gov/Pages/Home.aspx US DoS Bureau of Diplomatic Security – Updates
http://www.diplomaticnet.com/uk/ Diplomaticnet.com is a specialized gateway in international politics. An information, communication and consulting centre on Internet designed to cover the needs of practitioners in international relations. Large links directory.
http://www.ngonet.org/ Civil society organisations in Central and Eastern Europe.
http://gulf2000.columbia.edu/ By the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University in New York City. Information on the eight countries of the Persian Gulf region--Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/ An international collaborative project whose aim is to give voice to public opinion around the world on international issues. With the growth of democracy in the world, public opinion has come to play a greater role in the foreign policy process.
http://www.e-ir.info/ e-International Relations (e-IR) is an online resource for students of international relations. e-IR is recommended by universities on almost every continent (we haven’t reached Antarctica yet!) and received more than two and a half million hits in its first year.
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/ The National Security Archive at serves as a repository of government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States.
http://nationalpriorities.org/ National Priorities Project (NPP) makes complex US federal budget information transparent and accessible so people can prioritize and influence how their tax dollars are spent.
http://costofwar.com/en/ Friday, October 7, 2011 will mark ten years since the beginning of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. In light of an already increasing level of interest, NPP is releasing new numbers, analysis and tools around the costs of a decade at war. 
http://www.worldsecurityinstitute.org/  A Portal to Activism, Independent Research, and Journalism on Global Affairs.

 
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