IranUse the tabs below to find online resources about Iran from governmental and nongovernmental sources. Most of these sources are freely available to the public, but titles followed by a CU symbol are only accessible on campus or via VPN.
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Country profile, economic and trade information, and foreign relations from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
BBC News Profile - Iran
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.
CIA World Factbook - Iran
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.
FAO and Iran
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 Iran
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.
IAEA - Iran
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
- In Focus: IAEA and Iran
News coverage, documents and reports, background information, and facts and figures from the IAEA. Links to information on Iran's nuclear program.
Country information, energy-related statistics, graphs and publications from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
ITC - Iran
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).
Library of Congress Country Study - Iran
This is a book-length report studying the history, social customs, and politics of the country from early times to the present.
OHCHR - Iran
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).
UNESCO Worldwide - Iran
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States.
- UNESCO Communication & Information - Iran
Country profile, news and links to related projects and web sites.
- UNESCO Institute for Statistics - Iran
A selection of national statistics on education, literacy, science and technology, culture, and communication.
- UNESCO Office Tehran
Cluster Office representing UNESCO in Afghanistan, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Pakistan and Turkmenistan in the Central and South-West Asia Cluster.
- UNESCO World Heritage - Iran
Cultural and natural heritage properties and documents on the World Heritage List.
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.
UNdata Country Profile - Iran
Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division.
United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Iran
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.
U.S. Department of Energy - Iran
Country analysis report from the Energy Information Administration.
U.S. Department of State - Background Note: Iran
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.
Links to government agencies and ministries
Guardian Council (in Persian only)
Islamic Republic News Agency
This is the state-sponsored media outlet in Iran.
Majlis (Parliament) of Iran (In English and Persian)
Ministry of Interior (in Persian only)
Islamic Consultative Assembly News Agency
Presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Statistical Centre of Iran (SCI)
- International Area Studies Asia CU
Collection of databases from the University of Colorado covering Asia.
- International Area Studies General CU
Collection of general databases from the University of Colorado covering international issues.
- International Area Studies Statistics CU
Collection of international statistics databases from the University of Colorado.
International Area Studies Africa/Middle East CU
Collection of databases from the University of Colorado covering Africa and the Middle East.
Declassified information available from the FOIA Electronic Reading Room. Enter "Iran" as the search term.
- National Intelligence Council (NIC) Declassified Documents
Database of intelligence reports, National Intelligence Estimates, and other publications produced by the National Intelligence Council or its predecessor organizations, the Office of National Estimates and the Office of Reports and Estimates since 1946.
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.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the research arm of Congress, prepares short reports on topics of interest to members of Congress. Enter "Iran" as the search term.
Declassified Documents Reference System CU
Search this database to find declassified documents related to Iran.
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 "Iran" as the search term.
- Iran: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977-1980 CU
This database has gathered material from the U.S. government and written essays on the relationship between Iran and the United States.
- The Iran-Contra Affair: The Making of a Scandal, 1983-1988 CU
This database has gathered material from the U.S. government on the Iran-Contra Affair.
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 - Iran
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.
SESRIC Statistics Database
Searchable statistical database for member countries from the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRTCIC), a subsidiary organ of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).
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 - Iran
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with Iran.
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.
Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS)
WITS is the National Counterterrorism Center's database of terrorist incidents.
"D-8, also known as Developing-8, is an arrangement for development cooperation among the following countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey."
Group of 15
The G-15, a summit level group of developing countries, facilitates national efforts for development and economic progress of member states. There are 18 member countries: Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.
G-77 at the United Nations
The Group of 77 is an intergovernmental organization of developing states in the UN. It provides the means for the countries of the South to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, and promote South-South cooperation for development. There are now 130 member states (including Iran), although the name G-77 was retained because of its historical significance.
EU's Relations with Iran
Overview, country strategy, EU support, and documents on the European Union's relations with Iran.
ILO - SRO-New Delhi (Iran)
The Subregional Office for South Asia, New Delhi (SRO-New Delhi) covers seven countries in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran Islamic Republic of, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) for the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Country information, reports and publications from the International Monetary Fund.
Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Diplomatic representation of Iran in the United States.
IRIN Humanitarian Profile - Iran
IRIN (Integrated Regional Information Networks), part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news and analysis about sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia for the humanitarian community.
OPEC - Iran
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is a permanent, intergovernmental Organization made up of 12 developing nations whose economies rely on oil exports.
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
Web site of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations. Provides the Iranian perspective on the United Nations-Iranian discussions.
ReliefWeb - Iran
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.
SESRTCIC - Islamic Republic of Iran
Socioeconomic statistics and information for member countries from the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRTCIC), a subsidiary organ of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).
UNHCR - Iran
News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iran
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 - Iran
Economic, social and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.
U.S. Department of State - Iran
Reports, press releases, and remarks on Iranian-U.S. relations.
World Bank - Iran
World Bank data, projects, and research in Iran.
World Food Programme - Iran
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger.
World Trade Organization - Iran (Observer Country)
Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for observer countries.
Country situation analysis and news from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
WHO - Iran
Information and statistics on the status of public health in Iran from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Official site of the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Region Office (WHO-EMRO).
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."
- 1992: Oil Platforms (Islamic Republic of Iran v. United States of America)
- 1989: Aerial Incident of 3 July 1988 (Islamic Republic of Iran v. United States of America)
- 1979: United States Diplomatic and Consular Staff in Tehran (United States of America v. Iran)
Reports, briefings, and analysis of violent conflicts and peace implementation in Iran.
The Iran-Contra Affair 20 Years On: Documents Spotlight Role of Reagan, Top Aides
Documents about the Iran-Contra Scandal from the National Security Archive.
Iran Military Guide
Maps, agencies, military branches, nuclear capability, news, and references from GlobalSecurity.org.
Military Policy Awareness Links (MiPALS) - Iran
MiPALs are published by the National Defense University (NDU) Library to provide access to key U.S. policy statements on the country or topic for Military Education Research Library Network (MERLN) users.
NTI - Iran Profile
Nuclear, biological, chemical and missile development programs, policies and activities from the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). NTI is non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen global security and fulfill the Non-Proliferation Treaty's goals and ambitions. NTI's members are from the United States, Russia, Japan, India, Pakistan, China, Jordan, Sweden, France and the United Kingdom.
United Nations Iran-Iraq Military Observer Group (UNIIMOG)
August 1988 - February 1991: "UNIIMOG was established in August 1988 to verify, confirm and supervise the cease fire and the withdrawal of all forces to the internationally recognized boundaries, pending a comprehensive settlement. UNIIMOG was terminated in February 1991after Iran and Iraq had withdrawn fully their forces to the internationally recognized boundaries."
United States Central Command - Iran
U.S. Central Command conducts operations to attack, disrupt and defeat terrorism, deter and defeat adversaries, deny access to WMD, assure regional access, strengthen regional stability, build the self-reliance of partner nations’ security forces, and protect the vital interests of the United States within the area of responsibility.
Try these searches to see some of the resources in Chinook, the library catalog:
|Electronic Resources||Print and Electronic Resources|
|iran and econom*||iran and econom*|
|iran and histor*||iran and histor*|
|iran and politic*||iran and politic*|
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