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Covers international law, institutions, theory of international relations, foreign policy, international political economy, environment, human rights, food security, national security.

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Yale University Library is dedicated to explaining international relations and all of its facets, and to showing students, scholars, as well as policymakers and practitioners what international relations is all about. This site will help students of the field better understand what is international relations through rich discussion, and the site offers hundreds of articles related to the overall topic of global affairs on this website.

Useful Websites

American Society for International Law - ASIL's mission is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice.  Be sure to check out the Resources/Publications tab which will lead you to a Electronic Resources Guide

International Relations and Security Network - open source digital library of reports, studies, etc. from think tanks, research institutes and NGOs from around the globe

International Studies Association - Produce an International Studies Encyclopedia

WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources - very broad coverage of all things international

Background References

American Foreign Relations since 1600: A Guide to the Literature   Reference E183.7 .A52 2003 : Two-volume set published by the Society of Historians for American Foreign Relations. Provides excellent annotated bibliographies for major events in American foreign relations.

Background Notes. 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.

BBC News Country Profiles.

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Country Reports and Profiles. Background reports covering economic, political, and social conditions of countries. Note profiles were last done in 2008.

Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy. 2002 collection of scholarly essays on U.S. foreign policy history, theory, and practice.  (Also available Online)

Europa World Year Book.  Presents political and economic information on countries and territories as well as international organizations. Features statistical data and directories.

Facts on International Relations and Security Trends. Compiled through a partnership of numerous international organizations and research institutes.

Greenwood Encyclopedia of International Relations.  Reference JZ1160 .N65 2002; 4 volumes  (M-R, volume 3, available Online)

International Relations: A Concise Companion   Main Library Stacks JZ1161 .W45 2002 : Short guide to basic international relations terminology.

Oxford Handbook of International Relations  Main Library Stacks JZ1242 .O94 2008 

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.

Statesman's Yearbook JA51 .S7 (Latest edition available in Closed Reference Cabinet; earlier volumes in Main Library Stacks) - Statistical and historical annual of the states of the world.

World Factbook CIA compiled information on the countries of the world

Finding Journal Articles

Political Science Complete. Provides full text for over 500 publications, and cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 1995 journals. The database also features more than 189 full-text reference books and monographs, and over 27,000 full text conference papers, including those of the International Political Science Association.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO). Indexes and selectively publishes post-1990 scholarship and reports on international affairs. Provides full-text access to relevant Columbia University Press titles and many recent journals, papers from university research institutes and non-governmental organizations, foundation-funded research projects, and conference proceedings. CIAO also has links to international affairs centers, institutes, and other resources; U.S., international, and foreign government sites; environmental studies web pages; and news media services.

PolicyFile - database of research and policy briefs from hundreds of think tanks (mostly U.S. based) that address policy issues, both foreign and domestic.

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