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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kuwait Information Office
"The Kuwait Information Office in Washington is dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of Kuwait’s politics, society, culture, economy and security needs by the U.S. political, media, academic, and business communities."

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Commercial Service - Kuwait
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 - Kuwait
Country analysis report from the Energy Information Administration.

U.S. Department of State - Background Note: Kuwait
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 "Kuwait" 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 "Kuwait" 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 Kuwait.

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 "Kuwait" 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 - Kuwait
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
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 - Kuwait

U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with Kuwait.

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 Kuwait).

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

Embassy of the United States in Kuwait City, Kuwait
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in Kuwait.

EU & the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
Overview, country strategy, EU support, and documents on the European Union's relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council (includes Kuwait).

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

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
Promotes coordination and international cooperation between Member States (United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait) to strengthen member states' economy, finance, trade, customs, tourism, legislation, administration, as well as scientific and technical progress in industry, mining, agriculture, water and animal resources, establishing scientific research centres, setting up joint ventures, and encouraging cooperation of the private sector.

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

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 Kuwait).

Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development
Kuwait's aid agency to the rest of the world.

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

ReliefWeb - Kuwait
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 - Kuwait
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).

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

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

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

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

World Trade Organization - Kuwait
Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for member countries.
World Health Organization - Kuwait
Information and statistics on the status of public health in Kuwait.
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."

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

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 States Central Command - Kuwait
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. 
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The library collection contains numerous secondary, federal, and international sources of information on Kuwait.

 

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

 

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