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Syria (Syrian Arab Republic)

Use the tabs below to find online resources about Syria (Syrian Arab Republic) 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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Australian Government - Syria
Country profile, economic and trade information, and foreign relations from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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

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

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

IAEA and Syria
Reports, resolutions, and safeguards from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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

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

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

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

OHCHR - Syrian Arab Republic
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 - Syrian Arab Republic
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States.

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

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

United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Syrian Arab Republic
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.

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

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

U.S. Department of State - Background Note: Syria
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.


The following website is no longer operational; the link will remain for the time being

UNESCO Office Beirut
Cluster Office representing UNESCO in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and the Autonomous Palestinian Territories in the Middle East Cluster and Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States.

Baath Party (in Arabic, limited English content)

Central Bank of Syria

Central Bureau of Statistics (in Arabic and English)

General Organization of Radio & TV Syria
(in Arabic and English)


Syrian Parliament

The following websites are not working at this time; their links will remain for the time being:


Ministry of Tourism


Ministry of Economy and Trade


President of the Syrian Arab Republic

Find Articles & More Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Declassified Documents
Declassified information available from the FOIA Electronic Reading Room. Enter "Syria" 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 short reports on topics of interest to members of Congress. Enter "Syria" 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 Syria.

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 "Syria" 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 - Syria
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.

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 Syria).

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

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

Embassy of the United States in Damascus, Syria
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in Syria.

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

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

IMF - Syrian Arab Republic
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 Syria).

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

ReliefWeb - Syrian Arab Republic
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 - Syrian Arab Republic
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).

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

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

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

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

World Food Programme - Syria
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger.
World Health Organization - Syrian Arab Republic
Information and statistics on the status of public health in Syria.

Official site of the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Region Office (WHO-EMRO). 
International Crisis Group - Syria
Reports, briefings, and analysis of violent conflicts and peace implementation in Syria.
  • Arab-Israeli Conflict
    Reports, briefings, and analysis of violent conflicts and peace implementation in Israel and neighboring Arab countries/territories.
Military Policy Awareness Links (MiPALS) - Syria
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 - Syria 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 Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)
1974-Present: "UNDOF was established in 1974 following the agreed disengagement of the Israeli and Syrian forces on the Golan Heights. UNDOF continues to supervise the implementation of the agreement and maintain ceasefire."

United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)
1948-Present: "Set up in 1948, UNTSO was the first peacekeeping operation established by the United Nations. UNTSO military observers remain in the Middle East to monitor ceasefires, supervise armistice agreements, prevent isolated incidents from escalating and assist other UN peacekeeping operations in the region."

United States Central Command - Syria
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 Syria.


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


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

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