Virtual Library

This WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is an Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in many international and global studies topics. Sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online.



General Analytical Sources
Public Opinion Sources, U.S. and International

NOTE: Also check the many relevant links in the United States Government Information Sources, Peace, Conflict Resolution, and International Security, International Relations Journals and Magazines, and Research Institutes sections of this Web site, among others.

Insightful Blogs on American Foreign Policy and on World Affairs-- Best Defense, Defense One, Project Syndicate, Long War JournalDanger Room, World Affairs JournalForeign Policy Journal, Foreign Policy Association, Geopolitical Monitor (Canada), WorldViews (Washington Post), Council on Foreign Relations, The Hill, War on the Rocks, Small Wars Journal, Order from Chaos (Brookings), Lawfare- Hard National Security Choices (Lawfare Institute), LobeLog

-- The Homeland Security Digital Library posts over 91,000 public resources concerning U.S. homeland and national security issues, broadly interpreted. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

General Analytical Sources for American Foreign Policy

American Foreign Policy Council-- "Non-profit organization dedicated to bringing information to those who make or influence the foreign policy of the United States and to assisting world leaders, particularly in the former USSR, with building democracies and market economies." Many excellent online articles from a staff of noted experts.

Center for International Policy-- Policy organization in Washington, D.C. "promoting a U.S. foreign policy based on international cooperation, demilitarization and respect for basic human rights." Posts reports and a newsletter on human rights, international security, and conflict resolution issues. Their Security Assistance Monitor "documents all publicly accessible information on U.S. security and defense assistance programs throughout the world, including arms sales, military and police aid, training programs, exercises, exchanges, bases and deployments."

Center for a New American Security-- "Develops strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies that promote and protect American interests and values... engages policymakers, experts and the public with innovative fact-based research, ideas and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate." Posts publications, multimedia, blogs, and podcasts.

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments-- "Independent, non-partisan policy research institute established to promote innovative thinking and debate about national security strategy and investment options. CSBA’s goal is to enable policymakers to make informed decisions in matters of strategy, security policy and resource allocation." Posts information and analysis on financial implications of U.S. defense policies and actions.

Cold War International History Project-- From the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., "supports the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War... also seeks to transcend barriers of language, geography, and regional specialization to create new links among scholars interested in Cold War history." Posts many declassified documents from the Cold War period, an occasional bulletin, and "other publications to disseminate new findings, views, and activities pertaining to Cold War history."

Combating Terrorism Center-- At the United States Military Academy, West Point, a research and educational unit "actively involved in supporting the Global War on Terror through education, research, and policy analysis." Posts Center reports, news, commentary, and analysis.

Council on Foreign Relations-- The most influential private organization in U.S. foreign policy, whose ranks include nearly all past and present senior U.S. government officials who deal with international matters, renowned scholars, and leaders of business, media, human rights, humanitarian, and other nongovernmental groups. This excellent site posts Council studies, with much current and archived analytical material online about international relations and U.S. foreign policy, by region and topic. The Council's prestigious journal Foreign Affairs has contents and some full-text articles and book reviews online, with archive, plus links to related online resources.

Foreign Policy In Focus-- A progressive gateway to American foreign policy issues, by topic or region, from the International Relations Center and the Institute for Policy Studies. Posts many policy briefs, commentaries, and papers.

Foreign Relations of the United States-- From the Office of the Historian in the U.S. Department of State, a series of volumes in the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. Recently-released volumes contain declassified records from all the foreign affairs agencies. Many volumes are online in full-text, from 1945 onward. The University of Wisconsin Digital Collections project maintains a searchable, freely-accessible archive of these volumes from 1861 to 1960.

Foreign Service Journal-- From  the American Foreign Service Association, "foreign affairs from an insider's perspective," including Foreign Service officers, ranking academics, and diplomatic correspondents. All issues since 1919 are available in an archive. AFSA is the professional association of the United States Foreign Service, and maintains a roster of U.S. ambassadorial appointments since the mid-1970s, as well as of current ambassadors to the United States from other countries.

Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training-- "Interview transcripts from the oral history archives of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training... present a window into the lives of  U.S. diplomats during the second half of the 20th century... Hundreds of interviews with senior American diplomats, both career Foreign Service Officers and political appointees, serve as a door to the foreign policy process not normally open to the public."

German Marshall Fund of the United States-- "Non-partisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues." Posts publications on this topic, including Transatlantic Trends, an "annual public opinion survey examining American and European attitudes toward the transatlantic relationship and global challenges."

Jamestown Foundation-- Think tank whose mission is to "inform and educate policy makers and the broader policy community about events and trends in those societies which are strategically or tactically important to the United States and which frequently restrict access to such information." Posts information and analysis about global terrorism, Russia and Eurasia, and China, among other regions and issues.

National Security Archive-- "A research institute on international affairs, with a library and archive of declassified U.S. documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act," located at the George Washington University. Many documents and reports available online-- a most valuable resource.

WikiLeaks-- "Independent global group of people with a long standing dedication to the idea of a free press and the improved transparency in society that comes from this." Publishes a huge quantity of leaked and usually classified or restricted material from official government sources and large corporations around the world, often alongside related news stories. Well-organized and easily searched.

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Public Opinion Sources, U.S. and International, about American Foreign Policy

• Chicago Council on Global Affairs-- Posts authoritative studies of the American public's and leadership's attitudes on international matters, as well as related topics of U.S. foreign policy. From "one of the oldest and most prominent international affairs organizations in the United States. Independent and nonpartisan, The Chicago Council is committed to influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning."

Council on Foreign Relations-- The most influential private organization in U.S. foreign policy, whose ranks include nearly all past and present senior U.S. government officials who deal with international matters, renowned scholars, and leaders of business, media, human rights, humanitarian, and other nongovernmental groups. This excellent site posts Public Opinion on Global Issues, "a comprehensive digest of existing polling data on U.S. and global public attitudes on the world's most pressing challenges... [that] consolidates global and U.S. public opinion across ten major issue areas: elements of world order, international institutions, violent conflict, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, climate change, energy security, the global economy, economic development, and human rights."

Gallup Organization-- The Gallup Poll presents recent survey results on American attitudes toward international matters, and some data from non-U.S. publics, in summary form for non-subscribers.

Pew Global Attitudes and Trends-- From the Pew Research Center, an excellent "series of worldwide public opinion surveys that encompasses a broad array of subjects ranging from people's assessments of their own lives to their views about the current state of the world and important issues of the day." Note the Foreign Affairs and Policy page and the Global Indicators Database, which allows users to find poll results on diverse topics in the scores of countries where Pew has done surveys. The Pew Research Question Search page is useful.

Pew Research Center for the People and the Press-- From "an independent opinion research group that studies attitudes toward the press, politics and public policy issues," highlights and full reports of many American foreign policy-related polls, plus commentaries.

Pew Research Center on Religion and Public Life-- U.S. organization that "seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs... by delivering timely, impartial information to national opinion leaders... it tracks and aggregates news and conducts independent research, including surveys, legal backgrounders, reports, books and Q&A interviews... [and] provides a neutral venue for discussion." Posts much information and analysis on religion and society, in the U.S. and the world, including in U.S. foreign policy.

Polling Report-- "An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion," with highlights of many foreign policy-related polls online.

Watching America-- "Discover What the World Thinks of U.S." with English language translations of foreign press commentary about the United States and its foreign policy, from around the world and with links to the original sources. "Provides information and analysis about public opinion on international policy issues from around the world. While the studies of [our own] network figure prominently, the website draws together data from a wide variety of sources from around the world." From the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland, posts excellent international public opinion polls.

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