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Foreign Relations and International Aid

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Primary Sources
  • Department of State the new web site for the Obama Administration. See the section on Archives (below) for older State Department material.
  • Archives of State Department publications and information:
  • Foreign Press Centers (State Department) site features Congressional Research Service (CRS) and other key reports on foreign policy issues such as NAFTA, international aid, presidential powers, terrorism, international responses to the HIV/AIDs crisis, global climate change, and relations with specific countries. Browse by date (year and month) for reports issued from 1999 to the present.
  • America.gov, produced by the Bureau of International Information Programs, provides information on U.S. foreign policy and American life and culture.
  • Defense Speeches Important speeches about defense-related issues. Topics often include foreign affairs. Includes search.
  • Office of Foreign Assets Control "administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorism sponsoring organizations and international narcotics traffickers based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. OFAC acts under Presidential wartime and national emergency powers, as well as authority granted by specific legislation, to impose controls on transactions and freeze foreign assets under U.S. jurisdiction. Many of the sanctions are based on United Nations and other international mandates, are multilateral in scope, and involve close cooperation with allied governments." The site includes summaries of sanctions against specific countries (such as Libya and Iran), regulations, and lists of designated nationals and blocked persons.
  • National Security Archive "was founded in 1985 by a group of journalists and scholars who had obtained documentation from the U.S. government under the Freedom of Information Act and sought a centralized repository for these materials. Over the years, the Archive has become the world's largest non-governmental library of declassified documents" The archive provides "electronic briefing books" on major issues, descriptions of the microfiche collections, selected online materials, and other information. Many materials are from the collections are available in microfiche in the Government Information Library. A CD-ROM index to the fiche is also available. An online index and full-text materials are available from the Digital National Security Archive CU.
  • Treaties
    • Senate Executive Reports include reports of the Committee on Foreign Relations relating to Treaties between the United States and Foreign Nations which have been submitted to the U.S. Senate for ratification.
    • Treaties with Foreign Nations published in the Statutes At Large. Congressional CU contains the complete Statutes at Large from 1789 to the most recent compilation. Choose the Bills, Laws and Regulations menu. The search screen includes an option to limit the search to "Treaties with Foreign Countries". Searches the name and synopsis of the law.
  • U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
    • Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC) "is the largest online resource for USAID funded, international development documentation." The site provides citations for reports, electronic copies of selected titles, and an online ordering system.
    • U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants (Greenbook) "shows a complete historical record of United States' (U.S.) foreign aid to the rest of the world. The Greenbook reports all loans and grants authorized by the U.S. Government for each fiscal year by purpose and by country." This site can be used to create custom reports by type of program or country. Data are available for many countries and programs from 1946 forward.
  • Yearbook of the United Nations(1946-2005) "is the principal reference work of the United Nations and provides a detailed overview of the Organization's activities."

Secondary Sources
  • AidData--Created by Development Gateway, The College of William & Mary, and Brigham Young University, AidData is "an easy-to-use, comprehensive, and timely resource describing the universe of development finance project-by-project, including all grants and loans committed by all major bilateral and multilateral aid donors." Data encompasses multilateral and bilateral donor foreign aid projects spanning the years 1945-2009.
  • CIAO--Columbia International Affairs Online CU "Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is designed to be the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 on that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, and proceedings from conferences." Includes policy briefs, economic indicators, journal articles and abstracts. Provides access to materials from the OECD, Oxford Analytica, the Conference Board, and a several important think tanks.
  • Center for Defense Information--a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides independent research on military matters. Topics include defense and foreign policy, military forces and strategy, arms trade, European issues, nuclear issues such as missile defense, nuclear facts and figures, international peacekeeping, and military spending by the United States and other countries. The site provides access to current and back issues of the Weekly Defense Monitor, CDI Russia Weekly, and other publications.
  • Cold War International History Project sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C., features online documents and discussion focusing on the Arms Race, Cold War, Intelligence, Kruschev Era, Reagan Era, Detente, Stalin Era and other topics. Requires one-time registration. No fee.
  • 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. Search these CRS Reports CU through LexisNexis. Enter "foreign assistance", "foreign relations", or "international relations" as search terms.
  • Federation of American Scientists, a privately-funded, nonprofit organization "engaged in analysis and advocacy on science, technology, and public policy for global security". The federation publishes online editions of government publications relating to arms sales, military analysis, intelligence, nuclear resources, space policy, and other topics.
  • Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)--a joint project of the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The site provides country level data and information on membership in international organizations and participation in international conventions, conflict and peacekeeping activities, arms production and trade, military expenditures, weapons of mass destruction, armed forces and conventional weapons, political systems, and country profiles. Although the site indicates that it includes information from 1988 to the present, not all data series are available for all countries for all years.
  • Project for the New American Century is a neoconservative organization of Washington advisers and politicians, many of whom are members of the Bush administration's cabinet, who created a strategy in 1997 to influence the direction of United States foreign policy. Many of their editorials and white papers are included here full-text.
  • In the Libraries' collection see The Encyclopedia of U. S. Foreign Relations. 
  • World News Connection (ask for password at the reference desk) Foreign news on world events summarized and translated into English.
  • W.W.II (World War II) Resources A large full-text archive of primary source materials, including hearings on the attack on Pearl Harbor, electronic editions of official publications from the British, French, Russian and other governments, speeches, and other material.
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