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Country Info--Online Databases
Europa World Plus
The Europa World Year Book and Europa Regional Surveys of the World provide economic, political, and geographic background information and statistical data by country and region, and include web links and a comprehensive listing of some 1,900 international organizations.
Produced by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.
Authored by the U.S. Department of State, these reports include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.
World Bank provides free and open access to a comprehensive set of data about development in countries around the globe
Country Info--Print Reference
Statesman’s Yearbook 2011
Call Number: Michnr Ref JA51 .S7
This classic reference work presents a political, economic, and social account of every country of the world; latest edition in reference, earlier editions in stacks.
Political Handbook of the World: 2005-2006
Call Number: Michnr Ref JF37 .P622
Congressional Quarterly's guide to basic information on structures, politics, and political parties in the nations of the world, and also the origins, membership, structure, and activities of intergovernmental organizations.
NGO Web Sites
American Attitudes: Program on International Policy Attitudes
The Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) studies public opinion on international issues
Search for human rights reports by country or topic
Amnesty International Report 2011
Access the Amnesty International Report 2011: The State of the World's Human Rights for human rights information organized by region and country
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Search by topics (economics, energy & climate, foreign policy, nuclear policy, political reform, and security) or you may search by region or by expert
CSIS: Center for Strategic & International Studies
CSIS site focuses on three areas: (1) challenges to national and international security; (2) global developments; and (3) developing new methods of governance with specialties in technology, public policy, international trade/finance, and energy
FIRST: Facts on International Relations and Security Trends
FIRST provides conflict-related information such as maps, military expenditures, military equipment, military strength, arms traffic, and nuclear capability
International Crisis Group (ICG)
Provides free, highly detailed reports, press releases, and news bulletins about various international crises around the globe