International Affairs

Major Research Tools

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Coverage: 2000-present (conflict reports); 1997-present (data).

Database on international and internal conflicts as well as terrorism. Includes analyses of current situation and historical background. Also includes data on topics such as weapons, troops, fatalities, and refugees. From the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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Scholarly encyclopedia covering human rights theory, practice, law, and history. Includes articles on organizations and institutions, human rights events and crises, and human rights norms.

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Up-to-date profiles of countries of the world. Includes political histories, economic statistics, and directory-style information on politics, media, and business. A "comparative statistics" section can be used to generate tables of comparative data on countries in formats suitable for exporting into Excel or SPSS.

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Scholarly encyclopedia covering historical, political, theoretical and philosophical issues relating to peace and conflict. Includes coverage of world leaders, major historical and current events, organizations, and theories.

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Index of journal articles, books, and conference papers in political science and related fields. Includes a substantial amount of full text.

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Index of articles, books, government documents, and other materials on global public policy issues, including international affairs.

Other Suggested Research Tools

A valuable resource for anyone wanting thoughtful coverage and analyses of international affairs. This site can be used not just for peace studies, but also for international relations, history, etc.

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Basic information from the European Union server on EU policies, key issues, institutions, etc.

Gateway

The Library at UC Berkeley provides this gateway to a vast amount of information related to the European Union: institutions, calendar, directories, documents, etc.

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Selection of reports written by the Congressional Research Service for members of Congress on issues relating to foreign policy and national security.

Gateway

List of links for locating web sites of ministries of foreign affairs from the United States Institute of Peace. Useful when searching for a government's position on a foreign policy issue.

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Collection of primary source documents from Presidential libraries, Departments of State and Defense, NSA, CIA, AID, foreign affairs agencies, and private papers of individuals involved in formulating U.S. foreign policy. Selected volumes online. Complete print version available in Skillman Library (Call No. JX 233 .A3).

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Full text of annual reports (2002 to present) detailing political and civil rights in countries and territories of the world. Includes "ratings of freedom" for each country from 1973 to present. Also includes reports and rankings on freedom of the press in various countries.

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Coverage: 1972-2013

Annual collection of primary sources covering significant events of the year. Includes materials such as speeches, international agreements, and reports from governments, NGOs, and other organizations. Each document is preceded by an introduction providing context and background.

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Full text of important international human rights documents. From the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library.

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Coverage: 1907-1984

Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences.

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Search engine aimed at providing one point access to information published online by human rights organizations worldwide.

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English translations of national and international constitutional documents.

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English translations of Middle Eastern media ("special dispatches") plus analysis of media reports ("inquiry and analysis").

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Collection of declassified United States government documents on foreign affairs and national security since World War II. Documents are grouped by topic or region of the world and cover nuclear history, U.S. intelligence and government secrecy, humanitarian interventions, the 9/11 attacks, and more.

Gateway

Gateway to digitized full-text historic newspapers from foreign countries and the U.S. (Note that resources followed by a dollar sign are subscription resources and may not be available at Lafayette.)

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Primary document collections related to the development of NATO and the Warsaw Pact during the Cold War, their mutual threat perceptions, and military plans.

Data

A set of databases covering international conflict and peacekeeping. Includes summaries of conflicts and data on military expenditures, arms production, and nuclear capabilities. From the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Reports and other information for 56 countries (Europe, U.S., former Soviet republics) on hate crimes, racism, homophobia, anti-semitism, and related topics.

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News from Central and Eastern Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union. Includes searchable archive back to 1994 and annual country surveys covering politics, international relations, the economy, and social issues.

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Official website of the U.N. Contains relevant information on this institution, its members, meetings, resolutions, etc.

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Collection of full-text, United Nations documents related to the question of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East from 1917 to the present.