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Use the tabs below to find online resources about Panama 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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  • Official Government
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BBC News Profile - Panama
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.

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

FAO and Panama

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

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

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

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

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

OHCHR - Panama
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 - Panama
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States. UNFPA Country Profile - Panama
"The United Nations Population Fund ( UNFPA) supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect."

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

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

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

U.S. Commercial Service - Panama
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 - Panama

Country analysis report from the Energy Information Administration on production and consumption of energy resources.

U.S. Department of State - Background Note: Panama
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.
Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas (in Spanish only)
Ministry of Economy and Finance

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (in Spanish only)
Ministry of Foreign Relations

Asamblea Nacional (in Spanish only)
National Assembly

Banco Nacional (in Spanish only)
National Bank of Panama

Biblioteca Nacional (in Spanish only)
National Library of Panama

Gobierno Nacional (in Spanish only)
President, Prime Minister and Ministers web page.

Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censo (in Spanish only)
Statistics and the Census

Panama Canal Information and History

Make the Dirt Fly! A Smithsonian Institute Libraries Exhibition
Provides information on the historical motivations behind the construction of the Panama Canal.

National Archives: Records of the Panama Canal
U.S. federal records on the Panama Canal (1848-1984) from the National Archives.

Panama Canal Authority
Official website for the Panama Canal Authority / Autoridad del Canal de Panamá.
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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Declassified Documents
Declassified information available from the FOIA Electronic Reading Room. Enter "Panama" 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.
CRS Reports - Congressional CU
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the research arm of Congress, prepares short reports on topics of interest to members of Congress. Enter "Panama" as the search term.

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

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 "Panama" 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 - Panama
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.

PAHO/WHO Databases

Regional Core Health Data Initiative Table Generator System from the Pan American Health Organization, a regional office of the World Health Organization. Provides national health statistics and other data on the health situation in the Caribbean and North, Central, and South American countries.

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

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.
Delegation of the European Commission to Costa Rica and Panama
The Delegations of the External Service serve European Union interests throughout the world.

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

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

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

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

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

Inter-American Development Bank and Panama
Strategy, projects,and news about Panama and the IADB.

Permanent Mission of Panama to the Organization of American States

"The OAS brings together the nations of the Western Hemisphere to strengthen cooperation on democratic values, defend common interests and debate the major issues facing the region and the world. The OAS is the region's principal multilateral forum for strengthening democracy, promoting human rights, and confronting shared problems such as poverty, terrorism, illegal drugs and corruption."

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

ReliefWeb - Panama
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.

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

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Panama (in Spanish only)
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 - Panama

Economic, social and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.

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

U.S. Department of State - Panama
U.S.-Panamanian relations, diplomacy, and country background notes.

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

World Trade Organization - Panama
Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for member countries.
PAHO/WHO
Official site of the Pan American Health Organization, a regional office of the World Health Organization. UNAIDS - Panama
Country situation analysis and news from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

WHO - Panama
Information and statistics on the status of public health in Panama from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Panama: Security Assistance
Country-by-country listing provides information on Political-Military-administered security assistance funds from the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.
The library collection contains numerous secondary, federal, and international sources of information on Panama.

 

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

 

Electronic Resources Print and Electronic Resources
Panama and econom* Panama and econom*
Panama and histor* Panama and histor*
Panama and politic* Panama and politic*
Panama
(government publications only)
Panama
(government publications only)
The * replaces up to five characters in a word.

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