9: An Annotated List of Reference Websites
International Relations: Country Surveys
of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments
Published by the Central
Intelligence Agency and kept reasonably current. Arranged alphabetically
by country; no way to search by name or cabinet position, however.
Country Indicators for Foreign
The CIFP database provides an at-a-glance global overview of
a variety of country traits relevant to the international climate.
As such, it can assist in understanding and analyzing the economic,
political, military and environmental situations of countries and
help guide policymakers in conducting diplomatic relations.
on Human Rights Practices
The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices are submitted
annually by the U.S. Department of State to the U.S. Congress. The
reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political,
and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights. This site includes full text of the latest reports
as well as an archive
of reports from 1993 to 1999.
(Federal Research Division, Library of Congress)
Full text of the over 100 published overviews of the politics,
economics, and culture of selected nations. Users can browse the
table of contents for each study, or perform keyword searches of
one or more studies.
World Factbook (Central Intelligence Agency)
Provides three types of finished intelligence information. The
three types of finished intelligence are: basic, current, and estimative.
Basic intelligence provides the fundamental and factual reference
material on a country or issue. Current intelligence reports on
new developments. Estimative intelligence judges probable outcomes.
Basic information is arranged by country, with maps, charts, and
statistics (many of which are available as viewable GIF files, or
downloadable TIFF or PDF files).