U.S. Federal Information on Foreign Countries: General Sources
This is primarily a guide to U.S. federal government information resources describing conditions in foreign countries, but also provides links to selected NGO and IGO resources which also describe international conditions.
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics, and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives.
The CIA World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map. Archived issues are available back to 1990
CFR is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource to help better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.
Offers links to recent articles and a country profile which includes political and economic outlook, basic data, economic indicators over four years, brief history, political structure and political forces. May include special reports.
The Inter-American Development Bank’s Database of Political Institutions 2020 provides structured information on 180+ countries’ national governments and elections going back to 1975. The topics include electoral rules, term limits, party and leader tenure, party fragmentation, the role of the military in government, competitiveness, and more.
A non-profit organization devoted to bringing the insights of scholarship to bear on the development of policies that advance U.S. national interests. Publications include a quarterly journal, bulletins and books.
A portal site for the LC's international resources, it contains links to authoritative information by country (in the "Portals to the World" section), to special databases, including some with legal and historical documents ("Research Guides and Databases") and to websites of the various regional reading rooms ("Centers for International Research").
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance’s Voter Turnout Database tracks the number of registered voters, total voter turnout, voting-age population, and associated metrics for elections in more than 200 countries, some going as far back as 1945
Government Gazettes, which are published by federal governments worldwide, are the means through which the government can communicate to officials and the general public. Gazettes are useful as primary sources in research.
Directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in a wide range of international affairs, international relations, international studies, global studies, and global education topics.
This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions) of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases.
EIU Country Reports analyses political and economic trends in over 200 countries. Each report examines and explains the issues shaping the countries: the political scene, economic policy, the domestic economy and foreign trade and payments. (1996-date)
Provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in Political Science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration/policy.
The daily briefs are objective, multidisciplinary articles compiled by an international network of over 1,000 economists, international relations, and political/social experts at Oxford and other leading universities, as well as think-tanks and other institutions of international standing. They cover worldwide developments of significance in more than 180 countries: events, significance, analysis, & conclusions and date back to 1986. Articles are indexed by topic, location and date.
Provides access to World Bank data for hundreds of countries. It includes time series data on national accounts, balance of payments, trade, social indicators, and natural resources. Coverage starts in 1960.
This yearbook is divided into three parts: world tables, statistical tables for individual countries, and institutional tables for individual countries. Detailed statistical tables are presented on central government revenue, expenditure, leading minus repayments, financing and debt for 120 countries. Covers 1984-2007.