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Australian Government - Iraq
Country profile, economic and trade information, and foreign relations from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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

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

FAO and Iraq
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 Iraq
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.

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

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

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

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

Library of Congress Country Study - Iraq
This is a book-length report studying the history, social customs, and politics of the country from early times to the present.

Medea - Iraq
Country profile from the European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation (Medea) with the support of the European Commission.

OHCHR - Iraq
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 - Iraq
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States. United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Iraq
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.

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

United Nations News Centre - News Focus: Iraq
News, press releases, official statements and reports.

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

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

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

U.S. Department of Energy - Iraq
Country analysis report from the Energy Information Administration.

U.S. Department of State - Background Note: Iraq
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 "Iraq" 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.
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 "Iraq" as the search term.

CrisisWatch Database
Monthly bulletin of significant situations of conflict or potential conflict around the world.

Declassified Documents Reference System CU
Search this database to find declassified documents related to Iraq.

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 "Iraq" as the search term. 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 - Iraq
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 (SESRIC), 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.

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.

Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS)
WITS is the National Counterterrorism Center's database of terrorist incidents.
Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD)
Projects, operations, resources, and technical assistance from the AFESD. Members of the AFESD are the 21 Arab countries that are members of the League of Arab states (including Iraq).

Coalition Provisional Authority
No longer updated, may be used for historical purposes.

Delegation of the European Commission to Iraq
The Delegations of the External Service serve European Union interests throughout the world.

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

Embassy of the United States in Baghdad, Iraq
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in Iraq.

EU's Relations with Iraq
Overview, country strategy, EU support, and documents on the European Union's relations with Iraq.

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 Iraq), although the name G-77 was retained because of its historical significance.

International Advisory and Monitoring Board (IAMB)
The IAMB is an audit oversight body for the Development Fund for Iraq (DFI).

IRIN Humanitarian Profile - Iraq
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.

Islamic Development Bank
"The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) is a Multilateral Development Bank (MDB), established to foster the economic development and social progress of its member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries in accordance with the principles of Shari'ah (Islamic Law). There are 56 member countries (including Iraq).

League of Arab States
Established in 1945, the Arab League has 22 members (including Iraq). The Arab League promotes the political, economic, cultural, and social interests of member states. OPEC - Iraq
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 Iraq to the United Nations
Website of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations.

ReliefWeb - Iraq
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.

SESRIC - Republic of Iraq
Socioeconomic statistics and information for member countries from the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), a subsidiary organ of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

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

United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)
Political mission of the United Nations Security Council supporting the process of rebuilding and national reconciliation in Iraq.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq
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 - Iraq
Economic, social and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.

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

U.S. Department of State - Iraq
U.S.-Iraq relations, humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, and country background notes.

World Bank - Iraq
World Bank data, projects, and research in Iraq.

World Food Programme - Iraq
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations' frontline agency in the fight against global hunger.

World Trade Organization - Iraq (Observer Country)
Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for observer countries.
World Health Organization - Iraq
Information and statistics on the status of public health in Iraq.

Official site of the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Region Office (WHO-EMRO).
EarthShots: Satellite Images of Environmental Change - Iraq-Kuwait: 1972, 1990, 1991, 1997
Images from the U.S. Geological Survey "show the impacts of the defenses from the Iran-Iraq War, oil fires from the 1991 Gulf War, and waterworks inside Iraq."

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

Iraq Military Guide
Maps, agencies, military branches, nuclear capability, news, and references from GlobalSecurity.org.

Iraq: Security Assistance
Country-by-country listing provides information on Political-Military-administered security assistance funds from the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

NATO in Iraq
International assistance in providing security and stability in Iraq.

NTI - Iraq 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.

Operation Desert Storm
This site, from Global Security, provides information, timeline, and statistics on Operation Desert Storm. It includes data on ground and air forces, allied contributions, and financial contributions.

Operation Desert Storm: Ten Years After
This National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book discusses the role of intelligence, stealth technology and space systems in the Gulf War.

United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM)
April 1991-October 2003: Monitored "the demilitarized zone along the Iraq-Kuwait border, deter border violations and report on any hostile action."

United Nations Iran-Iraq Military Observer Group (UNIIMOG)
August 1988 - February 1991: "UNIIMOG was established in August 1988 to verify, confirm and supervise the ceasefire 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 - Iraq
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.
The library collection contains numerous secondary, federal, and international sources of information on Iraq.


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


Electronic Resources Print and Electronic Resources
Iraq and econom* Iraq and econom*
Iraq and histor* Iraq and histor*
Iraq and politic* Iraq and politic*
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