ACLED Regional and Country Reports. Provide detailed conflict profiles for selected African regions and countries. Historical patterns of violence, regional dynamics and key actors are explored. Also listed under the International Datasets tab.
BBC News Country Profiles. Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. Choose a country from the drop down lists.
CIA World Factbook. Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Compiled by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Country Profiles. Provides background and historical context of current economic and political events along with in-depth analysis of political and economic trends for countries and regions. Covers over 180 countries.
Europa World Year Book. Presents political and economic information on countries and territories as well as international organizations. Features statistical data and directories. Covers over 250 countries.
MSU GlobalEdge. Created by MSU's Center for International Business Education and Research (MSU-CIBER), globalEDGE provides insight into global business activities. Includes country profiles with corporate culture and risk, statistics, industry overviews, news, and more.
Political Handbook of the World (part of the CQ Press political reference suite). A collection of comprehensive country profiles chronicling each nation's political history, government, leadership, elections, and political parties that includes profiles of intergovernmental organizations, development banks, and the agencies and specialized bodies of the United Nations.
Political Risk Yearbooks. 100 country specific profiles of current political, economic and social forces. Courtesy of Business Source Complete.
Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets. U.S. Department of State. Covers all the countries of the world with which the United States has relations. Each report contains info on bilateral relations with the U.S., travel, and business. There are also additional useful links, including a link to the CIA World Factbook entry for each country. These reports are updated periodically. Formerly called Background Notes.
U.S. State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974.
Library of Congress Country Studies. Contains the electronic versions of 80 books previously published in hard copy as part of the Country Studies Series by the Federal Research Division. Intended for a general audience, books in the series present a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of select countries throughout the world. Most books in the series deal with a single foreign country, but a few cover several countries or a geographic region. The series includes several books on countries that no longer exist in their original configuration—such as Czechoslovakia, East Germany, the Soviet Union, Sudan, and Yugoslavia. These books remain in the series because they continue to offer valuable historical information and perspective. In some cases, studies on successor states are also part of the series.
Hein Online World Constitutions Illustrated. World Constitutions Illustrated contains thousands of contemporary and historical documents, as well as many features to enable one to browse and search across constitutional law of more than 190 countries. Alternative source for CIA World Factbook, Library of Congress Country Studies, and many other resources.