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BBC News Profile - Croatia
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.

CIA World Factbook - Croatia
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

European Union - Croatia
The EU is a supernational union comprised of 27 member states. Croatia is a candidate country.
  • EUbusiness - Croatia
    Country profile, business guides, and business news from EUbusiness (an independent online business information service about the European Union).
  • EU Enlargement - Croatia
    Political and economic profile on EU enlargement candidate and potential candidate countries.

FAO and Croatia
Information on economic and agricultural issues from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It also has a good selection of maps.

Human Development Report on Croatia
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.

IAEA - Croatia
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

IEA - Croatia
Country information, energy-related statistics, graphs and publications from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

ITC - Croatia
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).

OHCHR - Croatia
Country background, treaties, reporting status, calendar of events and publications related to human rights from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).

UNdata Country Profile - Croatia
Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division.

UNESCO Worldwide - Croatia

Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States.

United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Croatia
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.

United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Croatia
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.

U.S. Commercial Service - Croatia
Country profile about doing business abroad by the Commercial Service, the global business solutions unit of the Department of Commerce.

U.S. Department of Energy - Croatia
Country analysis report from the Energy Information Administration on production and consumption of energy resources.

U.S. Department of State - Background Note: Croatia
This resource provides background information on issues such as the economy, history, politics, and foreign relations. The State Department also provides access to annual reports on human rights and terrorism.
Find Articles & More Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Declassified Documents
Declassified information available from the FOIA Electronic Reading Room. Enter "Croatia" or "Yugoslavia" as the search terms. Crisis Group International Databases and Resources
Crisis Group provides analysis of violent conflicts and peace implementation.
  • CrisisWatch Database
    Monthly bulletin of significant situations of conflict or potential conflict around the world.
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports CU
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the research arm of Congress, prepares reports (usually under 20 pages long) on topics of interest to members of Congress. Enter "Croatia" or "Yugoslavia" as the search terms.

Declassified Documents Reference System CU
Search this database to find declassified documents related to Croatia and the former Yugoslavia.

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
Department of Defense Scientific and Technical Reports Collection provides access to citations to unclassified unlimited documents that have been entered into DTIC's Technical Reports (TR) Database, as well as the electronic full-text of many of these documents.

Digital National Security Archive CU
Database of primary declassified documents regarding critical U.S. policy decisions. Enter "Croatia" or "Yugoslavia" as the search terms.

Free database provides access to European Union treaties, legislation, case-law, parliamentary questions, legislative proposals, the Official Journal of the European Union, and the European Court Reports.

Statistical data and publications from the European Commission.

Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
An integrated database containing information on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and weapons.

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
"Public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations."

Human Rights Watch - Croatia
News and reports related to human rights.

LexisNexis Academic Country & Region Reports CU
News, country briefings, and country risk guides. Filter by country or choose "Country & Region Reports" from publication type.

UNdata provides a single entry point allowing users to search and download numerous statistical resources of the United Nations System.

U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - Croatia
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with Croatia.

World dataBank
Contains data from the World Bank, including the World Development Indicators & Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, African Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor, and Millennium Development Goals. Users can select variables (some going as far back as 1960) to create customized tables, charts, maps, and reports.

WHO/Europe Databases
Databases of national health statistics and other data on the health situation in European countries.

Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS)
WITS is the National Counterterrorism Center's database of terrorist incidents.
Council of Europe and Croatia
"Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals." There are 47 member states. Delegation of the European Commission to the Republic of Croatia
The Delegations of the External Service serve European Union interests throughout the world.

Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Washington, DC
Diplomatic representation of Croatia in the United States.

Embassy of the United States in Zagreb, Croatia
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in Croatia.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development - Croatia
Strategy, projects, fact sheet, and news about Croatia and the EBRD.

IMF - Croatia
Country information, reports and publications from the International Monetary Fund.

NATO Partnership for Peace Country
The Partnership for Peace (PfP) is a programme of practical bilateral cooperation between individual Partner countries and NATO. It allows Partner countries to build up an individual relationship with NATO, choosing their own priorities for cooperation. There are 23 partner countries (including Croatia).

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the United Nations
Website of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations.

ReliefWeb - Croatia
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.

News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select Croatia from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Croatia
UNDP helps countries work toward human rights, democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment for sustainable development, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

United Nations Division for Sustainable Development - Croatia
Economic, social and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.

USAID - Croatia
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) economic and humanitarian assistance programs.

U.S. Department of State - Croatia
U.S.-Croatian relations, diplomacy, and country background notes.
  • Background Notes - Croatia
    Provides country background and foreign policy information for the American public from the Department of State's Bureau of Public Affairs.
World Bank - Croatia
World Bank data, projects, and research.

World Trade Organization - Croatia
Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for member countries.
UNAIDS - Croatia
Country situation analysis and news from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

WHO (World Health Organization)
  • WHO - Croatia
    Information and statistics on the status of public health in Croatia from the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • WHO/Europe
    Official site of the World Health Organization Europe (WHO/Europe).
  • Country Information - Croatia
    Information, programs, and statistics about countries in Europe.
Croatia: Security Assistance
Country-by-country listing provides information on Political-Military-administered security assistance funds from the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

International Court of Justice (ICJ)
ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. ICJ "has a twofold role: to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States (Contentious cases ) and to give advisory opinions (Advisory proceedings) on legal questions referred to it by duly authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies." International Criminal Tribunal (ICTY) for the former Yugoslavia, United Nations
ICTY, established by UN Security Council resolution 827, passed as a response to the serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia since 1991.

International Crisis Group - Croatia
Reports, briefings, and analysis of violent conflicts and peace implementation in Croatia.

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
The OSCE is responsible for post-conflict elections, human rights and regional military stabilization. There are 56 participating states (including BiH).
  • OSCE Office in Zagreb
    The OSCE Office assists the Government of Croatia in the fields of conflict settlement, democratization, human rights and the rule of law.
Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe
This initiative from the European Union is a comprehensive, long-term conflict prevention strategy for South Eastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia).

United Nations Civilian Police Support Group (UNPSG)
January 1998-October 1998: "Established to continue monitoring the performance of the Croatian police in the Danube region, particularly with respect to the return of displaced persons, for a single nine-month period beginning on 16 January 1998 and ending on 15 October 1998. The Group took over policing tasks from the United Nations Transitional Administration for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium when that mission's mandate ended."

United Nations Confidence Restoration Operation (UNCRO)
March 1995-January 1996: "Established among other things to perform the functions envisaged in the ceasefire agreement of 29 March 1994; facilitate implementation of the economic agreement of 2 December 1994; monitor the crossing of military personnel, equipment, supplies and weapons over specified international borders; facilitate humanitarian assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina through the territory of Croatia; monitor the demilitarization of the Prevlaka peninsula."

United Nations Mission of Observers in Prevlaka (UNMOP)
February 1996-December 2002: "UNMOP was established in February 1996 to take over from the United Nations Confidence Restoration Operation (UNCRO) the task of monitoring the demilitarization of the Prevlaka peninsula, a strategic area disputed by Croatia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Following the successful completion of its mandate, the Mission was terminated on 15 December 2002."

United Nations Protection Force Former Yugoslavia (UNPROFOR)
February 1992-March 1995: "Initially established in Croatia to ensure demilitarization of designated areas. The mandate was later extended to Bosnia and Herzegovina to support the delivery of humanitarian relief, monitor "no fly zones" and "safe areas". The mandate was later extended to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for preventive monitoring in border areas."

United Nations Transitional Authority in Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium (UNTAES)
January 1996-January 1998: "Established with military and civilian components to, among other things, supervise and facilitate demilitarization; monitor return of refugees; contribute to the maintenance of peace and security; establish a temporary police force; undertake tasks relating to civil administration and public services; organize elections; and undertake other activities relevant to the Basic Agreement. UNTAES concluded its mandate in January 1998, having accomplished its key objective of peacefully reintegrating Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium into Croatia."
The library collection contains numerous secondary, federal, and international sources of information on Croatia.


Try these searches to see some of the resources in Chinook, the library catalog:


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croatia or yugoslavia and politic* croatia or yugoslavia and politic*
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