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I. AMERICAN DIPLOMACY

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
http://www.usaid.gov/
Organized by region and special topics, this site reports on U.S. foreign assistance projects throughout the world.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE: INTL. INFORMATION PROGRAMS
http://www.america.gov/
The Department of State uses its Bureau of International Information Programs to engage “international audiences on issues of foreign policy, society and values.”

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
http://www.state.gov/
This site gives access to recent news as well as to country reports and information on important international issues, such as terrorism, human rights, and religious freedom.

UNC CURRICULUM IN PEACE, WAR, AND DEFENSE
http://www.unc.edu/depts/pwad/
This University of North Carolina program provides speakers for campus events.

AMERICA.gov: TELLING AMERICA'S STORY
www.america.gov
Produced by the Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs, this searchable site offers news highlights, reports — organized by topic and region —  videos, and a blog. It "delivers information about current U.S. foreign policy and about American life and culture." Younger, tech-savvy readers may find this site of particular interest.

DIPNOTE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE OFFICIAL BLOG
http://blogs.state.gov
By posing questions on important subjects and permitting readers both to offer their comments and read the views of others, this weblog "offers the public an alternative source to mainstream media for U.S. foreign policy information." The opportunity also exists to "discuss important foreign policy issues with senior Department officials"

U.S. DIPLOMACY CENTER
http://diplomacy.state.gov
A new State Department website for the U.S. Diplomacy Center intended to "...explain why diplomacy matters, and to inspire future leaders to become involved."

 

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II. U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

GLOBAL SECURITY
http://www.globalsecurity.org/
This site seeks to bring readers “the facts” by means of hot topics, current news, videos, and important documents concerning the armed forces, intelligence, homeland security, and weapons of mass destruction. Its focus is “innovative approaches to emerging security challenges.”

INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF WAR
http://www.understandingwar.org/
The Institute’s “flagship project” is The Iraq Report, which “narrates, explains, and analyzes recent military operations in Iraq. The first series of reports are available on the website of The Weekly Standard. The Institute also offers summer internships.

MICHAEL YON ONLINE
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/
Former Green Beret now turned writer and photographer, Michael Yon’s reports on what he sees while embedded in U.S. combat units have been described as “emblematic of Internet-age journalism” (Detroit News).

SECURITY FRAMEWORK PROJECT
http://securityframe.org/
Describing itself as “progressive,” this organization wants to send you — via email and weekly — the latest government releases and statements by private national security opinion leaders. You may also ask to learn of events in your community and to participate in exchanges.

SMALL WARS JOURNAL
http://smallwarsjournal.com/index.php
This blog contains articles, commentary, and video that facilitate the exchange of information “among practitioners, thought leaders, and students” of small wars, which involve both military force and diplomatic pressure.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
http://www.defenselink.mil/
As with the DOS listing above, this site provides news of DOD activities and, through use of a tab, access to major DOD publications, many on subjects of interest to students of U.S. foreign policy.

AIR UNIVERSITY
http://www.au.af.mil/au/aul/bib97.htm
Anyone looking for bibliographies and data bases concerned with national security — for example, various regions and countries, topics like terrorism, past wars, weapons and military doctrine, foreign and national security policy, government departments, and many others — will find many useful research tools on this site.

III RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS WITH BROAD INTERESTS

AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH (AEI)
http://www.aei.org/
AEI is “a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare.” Its short publications can be accessed online.

ARMIGER CROMWELL CENTER
http://www.geocities.com/armigercc/
ACC is a small nonprofit internet clearing house for thinking "outside of the box of conventional wisdom" and, by means of the online essays found on its site, dedicated to more effective foreign policies that achieve stability through equilibrium.

BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
http://www.brook.edu/
The Brookings Institution is “a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions.” The site provides access to its reports and information on coming events.

CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE
http://www.carnegieendowment.org/
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a nonpartisan, “private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States.”

CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
http://www.csis.org/
CSIS “seeks to advance global security and prosperity in an era of economic and political transformation by providing strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decisionmakers.”

CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL POLICY
http://www.ciponline.org/
This website gives access to reports that promote “a foreign policy based on cooperation, demilitarization and respect for human rights.”

CENTER FOR A NEW AMERICAN SECURITY
http://www.cnas.org/about/

CNAS relies on its broadly experienced staff and advisors "to engage policymakers, experts and the public with innovative fact-based research, ideas and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate." The site contains downloadable reports, briefs, fact sheets, and selected congressional testimony.

COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS ONLINE (CIAO)
http://www.ciaonet.org/
CIAO, which describes itself as “the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs,” makes available online its studies and reports as well as links to the sites of other research organization.

COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
www.cfr.org/
CFR, publisher of Foreign Affairs, describes itself as an “online resource for everyone in these turbulent times who wants to learn more about the complex international issues challenging policy-makers and citizens alike.”

FOREIGN POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
http://www.fpri.org/
FPRI seeks to bring “the insights of scholarship to bear on the development of policies that advance U.S. national interests.” In addition to publishing Orbis, it places on its websites speeches and reports by participants in its various study groups and meetings.

THE FOUNDATION FOR P.E.A.C.E.
http://promotingpeace.org/
P.E.A.C.E. “promotes community and international peace by helping people.” Its journal, PEACE in Action, is available online.

GLORIA CENTER: GLOBAL RESEARCH IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
http://gloria.idc.ac.il/
The focus of the Center, directed by Barry Rubin, is “a unique and creative application of new information technologies to scholarly and analytical work.”

HOOVER INSTITUTION ON WAR, REVOLUTION AND PEACE
http://www.hoover.org/
By collecting knowledge, generating ideas, and disseminating both, the Hoover Institution seeks to “secure and safeguard peace, improve the human condition, and limit government intrusion into the lives of individuals.”

MEMORIAL INSTITUTE FOR THE PREVENTION OF TERRORISM (MIPT)
http://www.terrorisminfo.mipt.org/National-Strategies.asp
MIPT gathers data and documents regarding terrorism from various governmental and private sources and makes them available on its website.

NITZE SCHOOL OF ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (SAIS)
http://www.sais-jhu.edu/
A graduate school of international affairs, SAIS makes available on this site transcripts and audios of presentations made at the school.

ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN HISTORIANS (OAH)
http://www.oah.org/
The “largest learned society devoted to the study of American history,” OAH requires membership for access to its on-line reports on recent scholarship.

SOCIETY FOR HISTORIANS OF AMERICAN FOREIGN RELATIONS (SHAFR)
http://www.shafr.org/prizes.htm
SHAFR promotes the “study, advancement and dissemination of a knowledge of American Foreign Relations.” The site gives access to Diplomatic History, whose articles may be downloaded in pdf format.

TCS DAILY
http://www.techcentralstation.com/092503F.html
An online journal, TCS editors seek to “explore our exciting and unsettling times with news, commentary and analysis that will help you make sense of it all.”

TRIANGLE INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
http://www.pubpol.duke.edu/centers/tiss//
By means of speakers and conferences, TISS promotes “interdisciplinary cooperation among faculty, graduate students, and the public.”

WORLD PUBLIC OPINION
http://worldpublicopinion.org/
This site provides “a source of in-depth information and analysis on public opinion from around the world on international issues.”

WALSH SCHOOL OF FOREIGN SERVICE (GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY)
http://www12.georgetown.edu/sfs/
The school publishes an online newsletter and maintains a list of coming events.

IV JOURNALS OF OPINION

AMERICAN INTEREST
http://www.the-american-interest.com
“The American Interest (AI) is a new and independent voice devoted to the broad theme of “America in the world.’” It intends to both analyze U.S. conduct and propose policies that serve the nation’s interests.

COMMENTARY
http://www.commentarymagazine.com/
Since its inception in 1945, Commentary, a leading monthly magazine of opinion, has sought to be a “pivotal voice in American intellectual life.” By the 1970s, it had become a “flagship of neo-conservatism” concerned with the fate of democracy and the security of the United States, the West, and Israel.

THE ECONOMIST
http://www.economist.com/
The Economist covers the world of politics, business, finance, technology, and the markets. Access to some sections of the site requires a subscription.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS
http://www.foreignaffairs.org/
The Council on Foreign Relations publishes Foreign Affairs, many of whose articles can be accessed online. The site also offers a daily guide to the Council’s “most influential analysis.”

FOREIGN POLICY
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/
This website describes itself as “the portal to global politics, economics, and ideas.” It publishes “web exclusives” but requires a subscription to obtain full access to all the site’s offerings.

FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
www.fsjournal.org
Published by the American Foreign Service Association, the Foreign Service Journal provides free online access to the print journal’s many fine articles.

HARVARD INTERNATIONAL REVIEW
http://hir.harvard.edu/
Emphasizing “underappreciated topics” and “underappreciated perspectives on more widely discussed topics,” the site includes accessible articles from the print Harvard International Review, web exclusive perspectives, and a weblog.

JEWISH EXPONENT
http://www.jewishexponent.com/
Begun in Philadelphia in 1887, the Exponent reports on “developments in Israel, efforts to rescue Jews the world over from repressive regimes and the ever-expanding role of Jews in American public life.”

NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE      
http://www.nationalreview.com/
Though also covering domestic politics, this site contains many commentaries on U.S. foreign policy and the state of the world.

U.S. DIPLOMACY
http://www.usdiplomacy.org/
Published by the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, U.S. Diplomacy links visitors to reports and presentations found on a variety of other sites.

V AFRICA

AFRICA SOUTH OF THE SAHARA: SELECTED INTERNET RESOURCES
http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/guide.html
Stanford University hosts this "meta-site," a directory of web sites about Africa. Users can search by country or topic. They may also search the Africa internet directory and the Africa pages of Stanford’s library.

AFRICAN AFFAIRS
http://afraf.oxfordjournals.org/current.dtl
Oxford Journals publishes African Affairs on behalf of the Royal African Society. Its articles can be read online via subscription or on the basis of pay per view.

AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER (UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA)
http://www.africa.upenn.edu/
The center supports academic programs at the University of Pennsylvania, but the site offers “country pages” listing sources of interest to researchers.

AFRICAN VOICES
http://www.mnh.si.edu/africanvoices/
This is a learning site with a presentation on Africa and Africans (including a discussion of the diaspora) that is interactive and very accessible. It is based on a permanent exhibition at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History.

ALLAFRICA.COM
http://allafrica.com/
This site daily posts and archives thousands of articles, in French and English, from African newspapers, periodicals, and news agencies. Current articles are freely accessible, but many articles older than one month require subscription.

VI EAST ASIA

ASIA SOCIETY
http://www.asiasociety.org/
The society publishes Asia Society: The Weekly Fix from which viewers can download Asian news and events.

ASIA SOURCE
http://www.asiasource.org/
Developed by the Asia Society this site contains information for researchers, a daily digest of news, special reports, and thousands of annotated links.

JAPAN SOCIETY
http://www.japansociety.org/
Japan Society is “a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that brings the people of Japan and the United States closer together through understanding, appreciation and cooperation.”

VII EUROPE (INCLUDING RUSSIA)

 BRITISH DIPLOMATIC ORAL HISTORY PROGRAMME
http://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/archives/collections/BDOHP/
The site offers transcribed interviews with retired British diplomats. It is developed and maintained by the Churchill Archives Center, Churchill College, Cambridge, and is similar in concept to the oral history project of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training.

EUROPEAN UNION STUDIES ASSOCIATION
|http://www.eustudies.org/
This “non-profit site provides essays, documents and articles from a European Union perspective, submitted by scholars and academics from around the world.” Access by subscription.

RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN STUDIES (RIEAS)
http://www.rieas.gr/
The special focus of RIEAS is “transatlantic relations, intelligence studies and terrorism, European integration, international security, Balkan and Mediterranean studies, Russian foreign policy as well as policy making on national and international markets.” Requires a subscription to read its analyses online.

VIII WESTERN HEMISPHERE (CANADA & LATIN AMERICA)

AMERICAS PROGRAM
http://americas.irc-online.org/
The International Relations Center maintains this site, which provides access to its policy studies and reports seeking to “forge a new global affairs agenda for the U.S. government.”

LATINFOCUS
http://www.latin-focus.com/
LatinFocus “is the first stop for professionals seeking reliable business research information on Latin American economies.” Readers may search data on the region as a whole or by country.

OBERLIN ONLINE
http://www.oberlin.edu/faculty/svolk/latinam.htm
The section “Sources and General Resources on Latin America” provides access to online newspapers from the region and links to sources on Latin American history, libraries with Latin American collections, and publications and organizations specializing in Latin America.

IX MIDDLE EAST AND SOUTH ASIA

IRAN FOCUS
http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/
Iran Focus provides “comprehensive, up-to-date information and news on the Persian Gulf region in a fair and balanced manner.” The site contains “a wide array of daily news, weekly and special feature packages, commentary, news analysis, and investigative reporting.

IRAN-VA-JAHAN
http://www.iranvajahan.net/english/
Drawing from a variety of international media and government sources, the Iran-Va-Jahan website posts, in English, news about Iran.

IRAQ THE MODEL
http://iraqthemodel.blogspot.com/
This weblog, written by two Baghdadi brothers, Omar and Mohammed Fadhil, promises new points of view about the future of Iraq. Compared to most U.S. news media, it delivers.

ISLAM ON LINE
http://www.islamonline.net/English/AboutUs.shtml
Islam On Line is a “global Islamic site… that provides services to Muslims and non-Muslims in several languages.” It aims to “become a reference for everything that deals with Islam” and to offer “a sharp and balanced vision of humanity and current events”from a Muslim perspective.

MEMRI: MIDDLE EAST MEDIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE
http://memri.org/news.html
The independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit MEMRI site translates into Western languages material from Arabic, Persian, and Turkish media as well as original analyses of Middle Eastern trends.

MIDDLE EAST RESEARCH AND INFORMATION PROJECT
http://www.merip.org/misc/about.html
MERIP, established to offer “information and analysis on the Middle East, now publishes the online Middle East Report to provide “news and perspectives about the Middle East not available from mainstream news sources.”

The Middle East Institute - MEI
www.mideasti.org
The Middle East Institute is the oldest U.S. organization dedicated to educating Americans about the Middle East. Among many other activities, it publishes /The Middle East Journal/, a peer-reviewed journal providing historical and political context for current events.

X INTELLIGENCE & TERRORISM 

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
https://www.cia.gov/
This site provides information on the agency, news reports about it, and featured stories often of a historical nature.

COALITION OF AIRLINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION
http://www.capapilots.org/
Visitors to this site can scroll down and click to gain access to CAPA’s weekly Terrorism Open Source Intelligence Report (TOSIR).

GLOBAL TERRORISM ANALYSIS
http://www.jamestown.org/terrorism/news/article.php?articleid=2373620
The Jamestown Foundation, which initially offered Eurasian security analysis, has extended its reach to the war on terrorism and now publishes the Terrorism Monitor, whose articles are available on this website along with material from the Foundation’s weekly Terrorism Focus.

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIVERSITY
http://merln.ndu.edu/index.cfm?secID=149&pageID=3&type=section#profiles
The National Defense University has compiled this list of groups of terrorist sites and links to important speeches and documents related to the war on terrorism.

SITE INSTITUTE
http://siteinstitute.org/websites.html
In addition to a news ticker, this site maintains a list of links to the websites of the world’s principal terrorist organizations.

XI INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

ECONOMICS RESOURCES
http://www.internationaleconomics.net/economics.html
This site lists “economics-related links” that it claims “represent some of the best sites with respect to international economics.” Some of the links are academic but others are to economic think tanks and international institutions.

INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
http://imf.org/
The official website of the International Monetary Fund, this site offers access to information about the work of the fund, economic data, economic news, and the fund’s own studies.

REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=0965-7576
The review publishes “high-quality articles on a full range of topics in international economics;” access to the articles requires an on-line subscription however.

WORLD BANK
http://worldbank.org/
The official website of the World Bank and its two subsidiaries, this site provides access to information about the bank and access to its studies and reports.

WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
http://www.wto.org/
The official website of the World Trade Organization, this site provides information on the WTO and its activities, an on-line forum, and access to resources of use to researchers.

XII TRANSNATIONAL ISSUES 

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT FACILITY
http://www.undp.org/gef/05/about/index.html
Sponsored by the United Nations Development Program, this site provides information on projects concerning “biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, persistent organics pollutants and ozone depletion.”

PSG IMSR
http://psgaidsinfo.org/useful_websites-_hiv_aids_and_drug_use.htm
Maintained by an institute that educates medical professionals, this site lists websites useful for those seeking information on AIDS, HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases.

UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME
http://www.grid.unep.ch/
This United Nations site provides access to the latest news on the environment as well as data on the global environment.

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
http://www.who.int/hiv/en/
This portion of the WHO website provides access to news, reports, data, and treatment of AIDS/HIV.

SEE ALSO “INTELLIGENCE & TERRORISM” AND “INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS”

XII UNITED STATES FOREIGN SERVICE

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DIPLOMACY
http://www.academyofdiplomacy.org/
The academy seeks to “foster high standards of qualification for, and performance in, the conduct of diplomacy and the foreign affairs of the United States” to include disseminating information and recommendations.

AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION (AFSA)
http://www.afsa.org/
AFSA publishes the Foreign Service Journal < www.fsjournal.org>, whose articles may be downloaded free of charge.

ASSOCIATES OF AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE WORLDWIDE (AAFSW)
http://www.aafsw.org/aafsw/about.htm
AAFSW represents spouses, employees, and retirees of the Foreign Service. Its spousal oral histories may interest some readers and researchers.

ASSOCIATION FOR DIPLOMATIC STUDIES AND TRAINING (ADST)
http://www.adst.org/
ADST seeks to advance “understanding of American diplomacy.” The site offers access to its newsletter and a list of the publications it offers for sale.

COUNCIL OF AMERICAN AMBASSADORS
http://www.americanambassadors.org/
Council members are non-career United States ambassadors. It publishes the Ambassadors Review, whose articles may be accessed through the website.

DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR OFFICERS, RETIRED
http://www.dacorbacon.org/LINKS/LINKS_MAIN.htm
DACOR includes web addresses for governmental and private online sites concerned with U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy.

DIPLOMATIC PRACTICE
http://www.usdiplomacy.org
Maintained by the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, this site is designed to assist entry-level practitioners of diplomacy and more general audiences with information on U.S. diplomatic history and contemporary activities of the State Department. It includes extensive reference material and web links.

FRONTLINE DIPLOMACY
memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/diplomacy/
Hosted by the Library of Congress, this site contains transcribed oral histories of American diplomats assembled by the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training.

PUBLIC DIPLOMACY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
www.publicdiplomacy.org
Hosted by the membership association of public diplomacy officers and staff of the State Department, the Broadcasting Board of Governors and the earlier U.S. Information Agency, this website contains original information and links to a wide variety of materials on public diplomacy and related issues.

PUBLIC DIPLOMACY COUNCIL
www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org
Invitation-only membership non-profit organization of senior retired public diplomacy officials and public affairs practitioners, academic specialists in public diplomacy, journalists and public policy experts with a mission committed to the academic study, professional practice, and responsible advocacy of public diplomacy. The website contains original material and links to many public diplomacy resources.

 


 

 


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