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Genocide Watch

A Website dedicated to the international campaign to end genocide.

Committee on Foreign Affairs Document

Congressional Research Project

Access the same information Senators and Representatives use for their research! This project provides access to CRS reports that are in the public domain.

Human Rights Watch

"Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world." The Human Rights Watch web site offers:
---recent annual Human Rights Watch World Reports, with country-by-country reports on human rights conditions
---press releases and reports on human rights issues and violations. Sections focus on arms control, children's rights, women's rights, refugees, prisons, academic freedom, corporations and human rights, drugs and human rights, prison conditions, free expression, and more
---information about the Human Rights Watch organization

Cato Institute for Trade Policy Studies

The goal of the Cato Institute Center for Trade Policy Studies is to increase public understanding of the benefits of free trade and the costs of protectionism. The ultimate goal of the Cato trade center is to promote the benefits of open markets. So, yes, there will be bias!  The site features a list of key trade issues and includes all Center for Trade Policy Studies research, articles, speeches, and archived events on that issue. The site also contains a list of key research points, press releases, publications, an events calendar, video archives, related links, as well as an FAQ section.

Yale Global Online

This publication by the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization promotes debate on all aspects of globalization. It features articles, news, academic papers, book reviews, and video clips from presentations, lectures, and interviews. Topics include economy, the environment, gender, globalization, health, labor, politics, science, terrorism, and trade. A regional index is also provided.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International works to: free all prisoners of conscience; ensure fair and prompt trials for political prisoners; abolish the death penalty, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners; and, end extrajudicial executions and disappearances. Amnesty International presents:
---information about Amnesty International, its campaigns and activities, its policy positions, its history, and its organization
---in its Library section, annual reports of human rights abuses in the countries of the world as well as news releases and special reports. You may search for publications by country, by region, or by keyword.

International Crisis Group (ICG)

"The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, with over 110 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict." The site features a description of ICG programs, a newsletter, reports on countries around the world and on thematic issues (such as HIV/AIDS and international terrorism), conflict histories, maps, and more.

Brookings Institute

"The Brookings Institution, a private, independent, nonprofit organization, is the nation's oldest think tank, conducting nonpartisan research in economics, governmental studies, foreign policy, and the social sciences in general. Its principal purpose is to bring knowledge to bear on the public policy issues facing the American people."

The Brookings Institution web site offers:
---policy briefs, opinion pieces, articles and papers, some books, Congressional testimony, interviews, speeches

Council on Foreign Relations

"The Council on Foreign Relations is a nonpartisan membership organization, research center, and publisher. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy."
The Council's website presents:
---articles, op-eds, task force reports, transcripts of lectures and speeches, and other international relations resources by region (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East) and by topic.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Founded in 1910, the Carnegie Endowment is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation among nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States." The Endowment's web site provides many full-text publications as well as information about the Endowment and its programs.
Select Endowment publications (book chapters, books and monographs, issue briefs, op-eds and articles, policy briefs, reports, testimony and speeches, and working papers) by topic, Endowment project, author, title, date, or type of publication). Publications are on topics in the categories of:
·  China
·  Russia and Eurasia
·  South Asia
·  Democracy and Rule of Law
·  Non-Proliferation
·  Trade, Equity, and Development

Kim’s Nuclear Gamble

Created to accompany documentaries presented on its Frontline series, this frontline episode provides background and details on North Korea's nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and facilities, as well as the extent of the country's missile technologies.

Darfur Crisis:  NewsHour Online In-Depth Coverage

From PBS's NewsHour, transcripts and audios of broadcasts and other news reports on the subject of the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

Sudan: A Nation Divided

BBC News feature page on Sudan and the Darfur region crisis. Includes articles, analysis, narrative accounts, and multimedia presentations.

CIA World Factbook

Key facts, statistics, demographics, maps, and a concise history of countries of the world.

U.S. Department of State

This official site offers information reflecting the diverse activities of the U.S. Department of State. There is information on traveling and living abroad, international issues, business, and the department's educational and cultural programs. There are also press releases, recent news, background material on countries and regions, and more. Searchable. Keep in mind that the site is biased toward making this Executive-branch department look good, so yes, there will be bias, and many negative issues will not be discussed here.

Somali Piracy

An article from BBC News on piracy off the Indian Ocean coast of Somalia.

Country Profile: Israel and Palestinian Territories

Profile of this area in the Middle East, including demographic facts, historical overview, and information about leaders and media. Site also includes links to numerous related news stories, audio of the Israeli national anthem, and audio and video of some news stories. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP)

MERIP is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides news and analysis about the contemporary Middle East. The site contains articles from the Middle East Report and its online companion dating back to 2000, browsable by topic (including Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iraq, Israel, Kurds, Oil and Economics, and U.S. Policy). Also features a chronology of Palestinian-Israeli relations, and "Palestine, Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Primer." Searchable.

Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE): Advancing Interdisciplinary Study of People and the Environment

This research center disseminates information from the "study of pressing global problems stemming from interactions between human activities, natural resources, and the environment." Abstracts describe research papers in global systems, land use, water, agriculture, ecosystems, human health, science, and policy. Also included are computer models and datasets, an Atlas of the Biosphere , and categorized links.

Council on Foreign Relations: Pakistan

Collection of backgrounders and policy pieces on Pakistan. Articles and papers cover U.S.-Pakistan relations, terrorism, Pakistan's connections with Afghanistan's Taliban leaders, India-Pakistan relations, and related topics. From the Council on Foreign Relations, "an independent membership organization and a nonpartisan think tank and publisher."


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