Articles & Databases : Global Studies & International Affairs
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)
A comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It provides a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, conference proceedings, books, journals, and policy briefs. It also includes teaching materials such as case studies and course packs of background readings. All sections of CIAO are updated monthly.
Global Issues in Context
This resource offers global perspectives on issues, topics, and current evens of international importance. Features frequently updated issue and country portals focusing on social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues.
Afghanistan and the U.S.,1945-1963: Records of the U.S. State Department Classified Files
Collection of U.S. State Department Central Classified Files relating to internal and foreign affairs contain a wide range of materials from U.S. diplomats.
Air University Library's Index to Military Periodicals
Indexes articles on military affairs, national security, law and intelligence from publications of the United States Armed Forces.
Coverage: 1970 to current
Database provides full-text articles for over 210 publications of the alternative and independent presses, from 1970 to current.
Armed Conflict Database
The IISS Armed Conflict Database is an authoritative online source of data and provides independent analysis on current and recent conflicts. You can generate reports and download data as well as browse through the yearly analyses and fact sheets online.
[International Institute for Strategic Studies]
Asian Business Database
Offers detailed information on companies, economies, markets and overall business conditions throughout the Eastern Hemisphere, as well as international trade. Includes national and regional coverage.
Center for Security Studies - Resources
Successor to the International Relations and Security Network (ISN). As in the case of its predecessor, the fundamental purpose of the Resources section is outreach -- i.e., it features the publications and analyses of CSS experts, external partners and other like-minded institutions in order to promote further dialogue on important international relations and security-related issues.
Chatham House Online Archive
Contains the publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). Content includes briefing papers, special reports, pamphlets, conference papers, and monographs, as well as audio recordings of key figures in international affairs. Includes access to the full text of Chatham House’s two flagship publications: International Affairs and The World Today.
Columbia Gazetteer of the World Online
A database of names, descriptions, and characteristics of over 165,000 places in the world. Users can search all the information – not just place names – and segment it.
[Columbia University Press]
Confidential Print: Africa, 1834-1966
This series of documents spans the full era of the modern European colonization of Africa, from the occupation of Algeria by France, through increasing British presence on the west African coast and around the Cape of Good Hope in the south, the Berlin Conference which set off the "Scramble for Africa", the high-water mark of economic exploitation of Africans in the Congo Free State, rivalries amongst European powers, and the era of withdrawal that followed the Second World War.This resource also features 300 color maps.
[Adam Matthew Digital]
Confidential Print: Latin-America, 1833-1969
Resource for Latin American history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It covers the revolutions, territorial changes, political movements, foreign financial interests, industrial and infrastructural development (including the building of the Panama Canal), wars, slavery, immigration from Europe, and relations with indigenous peoples.
[Adam Matthew Digital]
Confidential Print: Middle East 1839-1969
This collection of historical documents covers a broad sweep of history from c .1839 to 1969, taking in the countries of the Arabian peninsula, the Levant, Iraq, Turkey and many of the former Ottoman lands in Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt and Sudan.
[Adam Matthew Digital ]
Full Text. Links to constitutions, charters, amendments, and other related documents from nations of the world.
Digital Library for International Research
Bibliographic and full-text primary and secondary source information, covering both print collections and research collections in other media in Europe, the Near and Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and West Africa. Includes bibliographic materials from Inner Asia and the New World.
Digital National Security Archive
Consists of curated and indexed government documents covering U.S. policy toward critical world events – including their military, intelligence, diplomatic and human rights dimensions – from 1945 to the present.
Economist Historical Archive 1843-2013
The Economist Historical Archive is a searchable copy of every issue of The Economist from 1843 to 2013. Full-color images, multiple search indexes, exportable financial tables and a gallery of front covers highlight a key topic of each week, all combine to offer a primary source of research covering the 19th and 20th centuries.
Economist Intelligence Unit Country Information
Extensive country information from various Economist Intelligence Unit publications, covering most countries and including politics, economics, business, markets and data. (Country Report, Country Profile, Country Monitor, and Business Newsletters.)
Economist Intelligence Unit World Investment Service
World Investment Service contains flows of investment by country and industry, overseas mergers and acquisitions (from BvDEP’s Zephyr database) and business costs.
Resource offers insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science and technology. It offers a variety of web-only content, including blogs, debates and audio/film programs. Provides full access to the print edition and a searchable online archive that dates back to 1997. Note: For access to The Economist newsletters, please register here using your Mason email address.
[Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)]
Europa World Year Book
Online version of the print Europa World Year Book. Provides lengthy descriptions of countries and international organizations as well as multinational comparative statistics.
European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL)
EDAL provides summaries of case law that interpret refugee and asylum law from 20 European states, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the European Court of Human Rights. Summaries are in English and the national language of the member state that provided the original judgement. Each summary is written by experts who follow specific criteria, style and methodology, with the intention of informing policy makers, practitioners, and scholars.
Provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government through searching, by topic and linking to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more.
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports 1975-1996
Access full text of reports issued 1975-1996. Created by the U.S. intelligence community to benefit policy makers and analysts, FBIS Daily Reports offer foreign views and perspectives on historical events from thousands of monitored broadcasts and publications. See World News Connection for broadcasts from 1996 to the present. See FBIS Electronic Index, below, for a subject search option.
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Electronic Index
Provides subject access to the Daily Reports issued by the U.S. Government, including translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from nations worldwide. Focuses on international political, economic, scientific, and cultural issues and events; covers all regions and reflects the changes that have occurred in them1975-1996. See World News Connection for broadcasts from 1996 to the present.
This is an international source for global news, providing an evolving network of world-leading insights and analysis coupled with rapidly expanding original reporting. FP.com provides analyses of pressing global challenges in real time.
[Foreign Policy Group]
Provides publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. Its archival material, dating back to 1970, focuses on the evolution of the women's movement, men's studies, the transgendered community and the changes in gender roles over the years. Publications include scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books and NGO, government and special reports.
Global Financial Development Database
Provides access to economic, debt and financial flow indicator data for 136 countries and country groups that participate in the World Bank Debtor Reporting System.
Global Futures Intelligence System (GFIS)
A global intelligence utility that integrates the information, groups, and software of The Millenium Project. Interact with all elements of the system, make suggestions, and initiate discussions with experts around the world. Search futures research; methods from State of the Future and Futures Research Methodology; as well as some real-time Delphi studies and other research. Note: Contact the Information Desk for login.
[The Millenium Project]
Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
Note: This resource is temporarily unavailable. For an alternative resource see: Global Legal Information Catalog. GLIN is a public database of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. Each document is accompanied by a summary in English and subject terms selected from the multilingual index to GLIN. All summaries are available to the public, and public access to full texts is also available in participating jurisdictions.
Global Trade Atlas
Note: This resource is best accessed via Internet Explorer. Select George1 for annual data and George2 for quarterly data. Detailed country trade (import and export) information organized by the Harmonized Schedule Code. Annual import/export trade data is available for Canada, China, EU27, Japan, Mexico, and the US. Quarterly import/export trade data is available for China, EU 27, and the US. Access to World Trade Atlas - US State Export Edition.
Knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities.
Government Periodicals Index
Coverage: coverage varies
Indexes more than 300 current periodicals including newsletters published by agencies and departments of the U.S. government. Covers 1988 to the present.
Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS)
A selective annotated bibliography of scholarly monographs, journal articles, conference papers, books chapters and electronic resources. Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the Handbook covers a range of disciplines including anthropology, art, economics, geography, government & politics, history, international relations, literature, music, philosophy and sociology.
Coverage: coverage varies
Very large image-based legal research database includes such collections as: Legal Classics, Law Journal Library, U.S. Supreme Court Library, U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, Treaties and Agreements Library and more.
Homeland Security Digital Library
Provides access to U.S. policy documents, presidential directives, and national strategy documents, as well as specialized resources such as dissertations, reports, and position papers from universities, research institutions, think tanks, U.S. local and state agencies, and international organizations.
Index to publications on Islamic subjects from the Middle East, the Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, plus Muslim minorities elsewhere in the world covering 1906 to the present. Journals are monitored for inclusion, together with conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews.
Inter-American Development Bank
This collection contains the publications of the Inter-American Development Bank, the major source of support for Latin American and Caribbean economic development, social development, and regional integration. The IADB conducts research primarily on economic and social topics and produces a wide array of publications in the relevant areas.
International Country Risk Guide
Source of country risk analysis and ratings. ICRG monitors 140 countries and provides financial, political, and economic risk information and forecasts.
International Financial Statistics Online
Coverage: 1948 to current data released
Produced by the International Monetary Fund, this resource provides electronic access to statistics on international economics. Contains both country and world level data covering a variety of monetary indicators including employment, bank balances, exchange rates, interest rates, indebtedness, inflation and financial flows.
[International Monetary Fund]
International Security and Counter Terrorism Reference Center
This database offers information on virtually every dimension of security & counter-terrorism and is designed to inform the analysis process, as well as to enhance the general understanding of security and terrorism-related issues. Includes content from journals, country reports, books and more.
International Year Book and Statesmen's Who's Who
Resource no longer available. For a similar results, please consult the Statesman's Yearbook.
Jane's Sentinel Country Risk Assessments
Provides comprehensive aggregated country intelligence on critical political, economic, defense and social risk factors, including terrorism and insurgency, political systems and actors, and state stability. Information organized by region:
Journal Citation Reports
Coverage: 1999 --
Compiles articles' cited references, to help measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and show the relationship between citing and cited journals. Evaluates leading journals worldwide, in the sciences and social sciences. Part of the InCites platform available through Web of Science.
Coverage: coverage varies
Collection of core scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences digitized in most cases back to the first date of issue. JSTOR also includes selected books, primary sources and other materials for academic work.
Kaiser Family Foundation
Global and domestic health data, policy analyses, and in depth policy news coverage maintained by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. See “Our Work” to access and search state and global health facts databases covering HIV/AIDS and other diseases, as well as key health and socio-economic indicators. Infographics, interactive data, video and additional formats included.
[Kaiser Family Foundation]
Keesing's World News Archives
A searchable archive of articles from Keesing’s contemporary archives, 1931-1986, and Keesing’s record of world events, 1987-. Provides a detailed summary of the world’s political, social, and economic events.
[Keesing's Worldwide, LLC]
Kotobarabia Arabic eLibrary
This Arabic-only database contains a wide range of Arabic content ranging from contemporary novels to national heritage scientific treatises.
[East View Information Services]
A complete guide to the diverse literature of the left, with an emphasis on political, economic, social and culturally engaged scholarship inside and outside academia. A secondary emphasis is on significant but little known sources of news and ideas.
Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
Bibliographic index of research, policy and scholarly discourse on the countries and peoples of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa. Coverage spans from 1900 and earlier to the present.
Military and Government Collection
Offers current news for all branches of the military, through a thorough offering of periodicals, academic journals and other related content. Content also includes country reports and relevant government documents.
National Bureau of Economic Research. Working Papers
Preliminary results of research by more than 30 NBER programs and working groups; topics range from Aging to Urban Economics. Search options include bibliographic and full text.
Comprehensive resource on politics and policy for the academic community.
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Provides access to a wide range of news (includes New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times), business (company news, industry forecasts), government (legislative news, tax information), legal (news, case law) and reference information. Formerly LexisNexis Academic.
NK News Pro
Brings together exclusive daily news, in-depth investigations, expert interviews and analysis by experts such as scholars, journalists, and North Korean refugees on North Korea-related issues on a wide variety of topics. Contains a suite of research resources, databases, and tools designed for professionals working on the subject of North Korea.
[NK Consulting Inc.]
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Resources from the military alliance of democratic states in Europe and North America.
Full-text electronic portal for publications of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). Included are books, reports, periodicals, and statistical publications with downloading capabilities.
Covers issues in the public debate through selective coverage of a variety of international sources including journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more, from1972 to present. Includes PAIS Archive, covering content published in print 1915-1976.
Peace Research Abstracts
Abstracts of literature concerning peace studies, conflict studies, and international relations.
Political Science Complete
Citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international journal literature in political science and related fields, including international relations, law, and public administration/policy. Database also provides access to full-text reference works, and conference papers, including those of the International Political Science Association.
Population Reference Bureau DataFinder
Contains data on 133 population, health, and environment variables for the United States and more than 220 countries, 28 world regions and sub-regions, and the world as a whole. (Not all countries have data on all variables.)
[Population Reference Bureau]
Coverage: 1789- Present
Offers access to congressional publications dealing with the wide variety of topics addressed by Congress. Includes U.S. Serial Set, Congressional Hearings and Testimony, Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports, Congressional Record, Legislative Insight, and U.S. Bills and Resolutions; as well as Executive Branch Documents (1789-1939), and Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations.
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
Searchable news and information from Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Southwestern Asia.
RAND Database of Worldwide Terrorism Incidents
A compilation of downloadable data, currently from 1968 through 2009, providing comprehensive information on international and domestic terrorism. The database defines and categorizes terrorist attacks. Results may be displayed as a list, or on a pie chart or chronological chart. Note: Coverage of domestic terrorism incidents begins with 1998.
Index, abstracts and full-text of over 20,000 titles in the RAND archive dating back to 1946. Areas covered include energy, education, health, justice, the environment, and international and military affairs.
Research Data Australia
Research Data Australia is a service provided by the Australian National Data Service to promote the visibility of research conducted by Australian institutions. The materials in the collection include research that is the result of surveys, of automated computer searches, and from sensors or instruments. The collection also includes images, audio and video sources, documents, web pages, and blogs. Records may describe a catalogue, index, or collections of independent works.
Provides concise geographic, historical, economic, political, social and cultural overviews of each country in the world; and biographical profiles of current and key past leaders. The complete archive, from 1864 to present, is included. Features major international organizations and a tool for easy comparison of a wide range of data fields across all countries of the world.
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Article Databases (SIPRI)
Indexes multiple databases. Contains full-text search in NATO Review articles, 1991-97.
Terrorism and Insurgency Centre
Provides a complete profile of the world’s significant terrorist, guerrilla and insurgent groups. You can analyze activity by a wide range of criteria, including by group, country of origin, tactics, targets, political, religious or other affiliations.
[Jane's Information Group]
Contains detailed import and export statistics reported by statistical authorities of more than 200 countries or areas. It concerns annual trade data from 1962 to the most recent year.
[United Nations Publications]
Contains a catalog of United Nations publications and documents, as well as non-UN sources, in the UN libraries; and provides access to a growing number of full-text resources in the six official languages of the UN. Includes voting records for adopted resolutions (1946 to present), and an Index to Speeches (early 1980s to present).
More than 450 statistical time series for countries from around the world covering a wide range of economic and socio-demographic topics. Descriptions of the international sources and definitions used in compiling the data are included.
United Nations Official Document System (ODS)
Coverage: 1993 -- present
Covers all types of official UN documentation from 1993 forward, except: press releases, UN sales publications, the UN Treaty Series or information brochures issued by the Department of Public Information. ODS also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards.
Universal Database of Publications from Central Asia and Caucasus
UDB-CAC includes a number of authoritative periodicals published in the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union. The sources are mostly in Russian and English and cover various issues of domestic and international importance. It contains news, data on state structure, political, legislative, judicial system, indicators on all sectors of economy and more.
Vanderbilt Television News Archive
Searchable archive of abstracts of news broadcasts from ABC, CBS, NBC: 1968-present; CNN: 1995-present, selected content from PBS & FOX. Digitized news broadcasts from CNN are viewable with RealOne media player.
Note: The Archive offers DVDs that are duplications of entire broadcasts as well as compilations of individual news stories specified by the individual borrower. Borrowers pay fees for the items loaned to cover the costs of providing this service.
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Collection contains formerly classified U.S. government documents, covering the period from the end of World War II to the present day. These documents tell the story of how America built up the world’s largest supply of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. It includes access to previously unpublished reports, memoranda, cables, intelligence briefs, classified articles, military manuals and directives.
World Bank e-library
Coverage: coverage varies
Includes all current and recent titles published by the World Bank including books, documents and working papers. Search the complete database or limit by geographic region, country, topic, publication type or date.
Access data from all the World Bank data sources--more than 50 databases freely available through the World Databank.
World Development Indicators Online
Contains statistical and time series data for over 600 development indicators dating back to the 1960's. Data includes social, economic, financial, and environmental indicators for over 200 countries and 18 country groups.
A complete geographical handbook, featuring 267 full-color maps and flags of all nations and geographical entities. Each country profile tracks demographic, ethnicity, literacy, political, and economic data.
Note: updated yearly
World News Connection
Posts news from around the world, translated into English, typically within 24-72 hours from the time of original publication or broadcast. Information is obtained from newspaper articles, television and radio broadcasts, online sources, conference proceedings, periodicals, and non-classified reports.
[East View Information Services]
World Politics Review
Daily, online publication for foreign policy issues. Articles are written by contributors from around the world, it covers topics relevant to foreign policy, international politics and foreign affairs.
[World Politics Review]
World Trade Online
World Trade Online contains every article from each week's issue of Inside U.S. Trade (from 1993 to the latest issue). It provides in-depth and exclusive coverage of U.S. and international trade policy.
Offers both a free resource library of current trade news and resources, as well as a subscription service (the DSC Service), which provides summary and analysis of all WTO reports and arbitrations; a current keyword index; a database of dispute settlement tables and statistics; and a user-friendly search tool for WTO cases, legal texts, and other documents.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
This resource is no longer available. Try Political Science Complete.
Yearbook of International Organizations Online
Published by the Union of International Associations, this resource provides up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of international nonprofit organizations, both governmental & non-governmental. It provides directory information for thousands of organizations and detailed profiles of each.
Yearbook of the United Nations
Principal reference work of the United Nations. Provides comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters.
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