Annan Plan for Cyprus - Official United Nations website of the Secretary-General's comprehensive peace plan for Cyprus - the Annan Plan. Also see Wikipedia.
Aspen Institute - Activities, including seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives on strategic international and national economic and political issues, provide opportunities for the Aspen community to come together and openly and freely debate in a spirit of nonpartisanship and open-minded dialogue. It is an nternational network which consists of other centers - independent but coordinated - in various parts of the world: Italy, Germany, France, Japan, India, Romania, and the United States.
Carnegie Moscow Center - Public policy research institution focused on the core problems of Russian domestic and foreign policy.
Center for International Policy (CIP) - Promoting a U.S. foreign policy based on peace, international cooperation, demilitarization and respect for basic human rights. Through research, education, and direct public advocacy, CIP works to define and put into practice a more sympathetic, farsighted, and non-militaristic approach to the developing world.
Center for Strategic and International Studies, The (CSIS) - A public policy research institution dedicated to analysis and policy impact. CSIS is the only institution of its kind that maintains resident experts on all the world's major geographical regions. It also covers key functional areas, such as international finance, U.S. trade and economic policy, national and international security issues, energy, and telecommunications.
Centre of International Relations (CIR - Slovenia) - Promotes co-operation with similar institutions, in publishing, organising conferences and workshops, consulting and performing other professional activities in the field of international relations.
Changemakers - An initiative of Ashoka - Innovators for the Public that focuses on social entrepreneurship. Its mission is to provide inspiration, resources, and opportunities for those interested in social change throughout the world.
Chatham House - One of the world's leading organizations for the analysis of international issues.
Chicago Council on Global Affairs - The Council provides members, specialized groups and the general public with a forum for the consideration of significant international issues and their bearing on American foreign policy. In over 150 meetings annually, including lectures, seminars, conferences, publications, a travel program and other activities, the CCFR seeks to represent all sides of complex issues on the global agenda.
CIA World Factbook - Prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for the use of U.S. Government officials. Each country profile tracks such demographics as population, ethnicity and literacy rates, as well as political, geographical and economic data. Bartelby.com also has the World Factbook along with search engine.
CISG Database - The CISG is the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, the uniform international sales law of countries that account for two-thirds of all world trade.
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) - Comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. CIAO was developed as a collaborative effort between the Columbia University libraries and Columbia University Press with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Crimes of War Project - A collaboration of journalists, lawyers and scholars dedicated to raising public awareness of the laws of war and their application to situations of conflict. Its goal is to promote understanding of international humanitarian law among journalists, policymakers, and the general public, in the belief that a wider knowledge of the legal framework governing armed conflict will lead to greater pressure to prevent breaches of the law, and to punish those who commit them.
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) - Dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas so that individual and corporate members, as well as policymakers, journalists, students, and interested citizens in the United States and other countries, can better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments.
European Stability Initiative (ESI) - A non-profit research and policy institute providing in-depth analysis of the complex issues involved in promoting stability and prosperity in South Eastern Europe. ESI promotes discussion and debate among the policy community. To this end, all ESI publications are widely distributed and available on its website free of charge.
Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST) - A free service for politicians, journalists, and the interested public. Databases on country organization memberships, conflicts and peace keeping activities, arms production and trade, military expenditures, weapons of mass destruction, armed forces and conventional weapon holdings, political system and country indicators, and other reference data. FIRST is a joint project of the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
Focus on the Global South - A program of development policy research, analysis and action. Focus engages in research, analysis, advocacy and grassroots capacity building on critical issues. It was founded in 1995 and is currently attached to the Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute (CUSRI) in Bangkok, Thailand. Focus' goals are the dismantling of oppressive economic and political structures and institutions, the creation of liberating structures and institutions, demilitarization, and the promotion of peace-building instead of conflict.
Georgetown Journal of International Affairs - In-depth analysis of key issues as well as nine regular sections: Books, Business & Economics, Conflict & Security, Culture & Society, Law & Ethics, A Look Back, Politics & Diplomacy, Science & Technology, and View from the Ground.
Global Policy Forum (GPF) - Monitors policy making at the United Nations, promotes accountability of global decisions, educates and mobilizes for global citizen participation, and advocates on vital issues of international peace and justice.
Human Development Reports (HDR) - The Human Development Report is an independent report. It is commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is the product of a selected team of leading scholars, development practitioners and members of the Human Development Report Office of UNDP. Since the first Report, four new composite indices for human development have been developed - the Human Development Index, the Gender-related Development Index, the Gender Empowerment Measure, and the Human Poverty Index.
Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) - A research and policy program based at the Harvard School of Public Health, HPCR is a multidisciplinary enterprise dedicated to promoting human security by transforming institutional mindsets on conflict prevention toward people-centered strategies. The program is committed to empowering the academic community, governmental and international institutions, and civil society to address new challenges in the fields of humanitarian affairs and conflict prevention.
If Americans Knew - "In analyzing the American media, we are increasingly discovering a cover-up of appalling proportions. Israel is being protected, the news about Palestinians in particular and Arabs in general is being distorted, and the American public is being manipulated. We believe strongly that if Americans knew the truth about Israel and Palestine - about the massive amount of our tax money that is being given away to Israel, and about the human costs of Israel's American-financed militarism - they would demand an immediate re-thinking of our policies in this region. It is the goal of If Americans Knew to inform the American public accurately about this area. Most of all, it is to inform Americans about our enormous, and too often invisible, personal connection to it."
Independent Diplomat (ID) - Offers expert and impartial advice and assistance in diplomatic strategy and technique to governments, political groups and NGOs. ID work particularly on conflict areas and issues under discussion at the UN and other international bodies. ID is an independent organisation, not connected to any government or international institution. ID helps only those who support democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and who do not promote unlawful violence.
Interhemispheric Resource Center - Provides independent, well-researched analysis of U.S. foreign policy, rooted in progressive values, with an emphasis on fostering strategic dialogue among academics, grassroots advocacy organizations, and policymakers.
International Budget Partnership (IBP) - IBP was formed within the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to collaborate with civil society organizations in developing countries to analyze, monitor, and influence government budget processes, institutions, and outcomes. The aim of the Partnership is to make budget systems more responsive to the needs of poor and low-income people in society and, accordingly, to make these systems more transparent and accountable to the public.
International Crisis Group - World's leading independent, non-partisan, source of analysis and advice to governments, and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and World Bank, on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict.
International Forum on Globalization (IFG) - A North-South research and educational institution composed of leading activists, economists, scholars, and researchers providing analyses and critiques on the cultural, social, political, and environmental impacts of economic globalization.
International Relations Center (IRC) - Questions the U.S. role in world affairs while making concrete suggestions for better foreign policy and highlighting successful efforts by civil society that make a real difference.
IR and All That - David C. Hendrickson's blogging on classic readings in international relations.
Jamestown Foundation, The - Launched in 1984 after Jamestown's late president and founder William Geimer's work with Arkady Shevchenko, the highest-ranking Soviet official ever to defect when he left his position as undersecretary general of the United Nations, The Jamestown Foundation rapidly became the leading source of information about the inner workings of closed totalitarian societies. Over the past two decades, Jamestown has developed an extensive global network of experts -- from the Black Sea to Siberia, from the Persian Gulf to the Pacific. This core of intellectual talent includes former high-ranking government officials and military officers, political scientists, journalists, scholars and economists.
Japan Policy Research Institute (JPRI) - A non-profit membership organization dedicated to the promotion of understanding of Japan's political and economic behavior and growing significance in world affairs. Founded in 1994 by Chalmers Johnson and Steven C. Clemons to promote public education about Japan, its then growing significance in world affairs, and trans-Pacific international relations.
Journal of International Affairs - A leading foreign affairs periodical edited by the graduate students at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
Just Foreign Policy - Believes that eventually the United States must move towards a more multilateral approach to foreign relations - one that relies less on raw U.S. military and economic power and more on international law and treaties, co-operation, and diplomacy. Our goal is to accelerate this transition through education, organization, and mobilization of concerned citizens.
Lex Mercatoria - Dedicated to the provision of information on international commercial law with subsidiary interests in commerce and (mostly open standard) Net and information technologies that may be of interest to law academics and professionals worldwide.
Maplethorpe - Maplecroft's Global Risks Portfolio and services combine research with technological innovation to offer risk screens, monitoring tools and insights into political, economic, social and environmental risks and responsibilities facing global business today.
Munk Centre for International Studies - Toronto, Canada. An internationally recognized leader in interdisciplinary academic research on global issues and to integrate research with teaching and public education.
National Archives UK DocumentsOnline - The National Archives (UK) is responsible for looking after the records of central government and the courts of law, and making sure everyone can look at them. The collection is one of the largest in the world and spans an unbroken period from the 11th century to the present day. DocumentsOnline allows you online access to The National Archives' collection of digitised public records.
Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) - The office within USAID responsible for facilitating and coordinating U.S. Government emergency assistance overseas. As part of USAID's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), OFDA provides humanitarian assistance to save lives, alleviate human suffering, and reduce the social and economic impact of humanitarian emergencies worldwide.
Policy Library - Places public policy knowledge in the public domain. Its aim is to contribute to public understanding of social, economic and political questions through research, dissemination and publication. Public, economic, social, and foreign policy research and analysis.
Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) - Carries out research on public opinion on foreign policy and international issues by conducting nationwide polls, focus groups and comprehensive reviews of polling conducted by other organizations.
RAND Research Area: International Affairs - RAND's research comprises a range of cross-cutting issues, including global economies and trade, space and maritime security, diplomacy, global health and education, nation building, and regional security and stability. RAND also analyzes the policies and effectiveness of international organizations such as the UN, NATO, European Union, and ASEAN.
School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) - Loacted in Washington, D.C., SAIS is a leading graduate school of international affairs, educating students for professional careers in government, business, journalism, international law and non-profit organizations. Founded in 1943 by Paul Nitze and Christian Herter, SAIS has been a division of Johns Hopkins University since 1950.
School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) - Columbia University. Each year SIPA hosts dozens of lectures by leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of international affairs and public policy, covering topics as diverse as economic development, human rights, climate change, urban policy, and international finance. Many of these events are recorded and posted here.
Sister Cities International (SCI) - Citizen diplomacy network creating and strengthening partnerships between U.S. and international communities in an effort to increase global cooperation at the municipal level.
Strategic Culture Foundation - Provides a platform for exclusive analysis, research and policy comment on Eurasian and global affairs. Publishes analytical briefs and commentaries of independent contributors from the U.S., Canada, India, Russia and Europe.
Stratfor - American geopolitical intelligence platform and publisher.
The National Interest (TNI) - A leading journal of international affairs. National Interest articles are regularly excerpted in newspapers and magazines from the New York Times to Korea's Shin Dong-A, and from the London Spectator to Austria's Europaische Rundschau.
Third World Quarterly - Examines all the issues that affect the many Third Worlds and is not averse to publishing provocative and exploratory articles, especially if they have the merit of opening up emerging areas of research that have not been given sufficient attention.
Transnational Institute (TNI) - An international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable world. Projects include:
University of California International and Area Studies (UCIAS) Digital Collection - The Digital Collection publishes articles, monographs, and edited volumes that are peer-reviewed according to standards set by an interdisciplinary UCIAS Editorial Board and approved by the University of California Press. UCIAS makes digital versions of these works available free of charge to a global network of scholars and encourages international intellectual exchange and research collaboration.
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs - The largest international research center within Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Sponsors a wide array of seminars, research programs, workshops, and conferences.
William Polk - Expert in Middle East, much of Africa and Asia.
Wilson Center - The mission of the Center is to commemorate the ideals and concerns of Woodrow Wilson by fostering research, study, discussion, and collaboration among a full spectrum of individuals concerned with policy and scholarship in national and world affairs.
World Affairs Council of Northern California - A non-profit, non-partisan educational organization devoted to engaging the public in a discussion of the trans-national issues of tomorrow. It serves its 10,000 members and the general public throughout Northern California and beyond.
World Future Council (WFC) - Consists of 50 respected personalities from all five continents. They represent governments, parliaments, the arts, civil society, academia and the business world. Together they form a voice for the rights of future generations.
World Population Data Sheets - Contain historical and latest population estimates, projections, and other key indicators for 200 countries, including births, deaths, natural increase, infant mortality, total fertility, life expectancy, urban population, HIV/AIDS prevalence, contraceptive use, GNI PPP per capita, land area, and population per square mile. Also see the U.S. and World Population Clocks.
Yale Journal of International Affairs - ublishes articles, interviews, and op-eds by academic scholars, think tanks, policy practitioners, and advanced graduate students on international affairs topics with implications for policy. Student-run.
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