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.


Search Engine and Current Awareness Service for International Relations and Foreign Policy Articles

Google Scholar "enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research... to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web." Many international affairs sources are included. Particularly good for finding open access, free, and recent items. For search technique tips, see the Google Scholar Blog and the Research Buzz article "Google Scholar and the Full-Word Wildcard."

Journal TOCs-- "Current Awareness Service where you can discover the newest papers coming directly from the publishers as soon as they have been published online [and] the latest or most current papers published in the scholarly literature with international coverage." Tables of contents of tens of thousands of journals, with easy access to those of interest to the user.

Selected International Relations and Foreign Policy Journals and Magazines

(Only those with a significant amount of cost-free content online)

Arms Control Today-- From the Arms Control Association, a national nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies. Full-text online and back issues.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists-- Online articles about nuclear and arms-control issues, from the Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science.

Charged Affairs-- "Showcase of perspectives by rising leaders in foreign policy... a journal designed to give young professionals a chance to hone their writing and analytical skills by participating in a rigorous editorial process and to present insightful and creative articles to the broader foreign policy community."

Diplomat-- "Foreign affairs magazine that provokes intelligent discussion from the heart of the diplomatic community in London... [with a] mix of high quality analysis, political commentary on world affairs and interviews with ambassadors [that] make it essential reading for the diplomatic community and those working in foreign affairs."

e-International Relations-- "The world's leading website for students and scholars of international politics," maintained by a volunteer editorial team. Dynamic and insightful commentary on the full range of global and regional topics, with thoughtful discussion and exchange around articles, essays, features, blogs, and book reviews.

Europe’s World-- "The only independent Europe-wide policy journal, produced in association with some 150-plus leading European think tanks and academic institutions... the premier ideas platform for new thinking on political, economic and social issues, read by over 100,000 of the most influential decision makers and opinion leaders across Europe."

Fletcher Forum of World Affairs-- "The student-managed foreign policy journal at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy... provides a broad, interdisciplinary platform for analysis of legal, political, economic, environmental, and diplomatic issues in international affairs... [the] website hosts online-only articles by a wider range of authors and allows authors and readers to engage in dialogue through comments on articles."

Foreign Affairs-- The highly prestigious scholarly journal from the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City. Contents and some full-text articles and book reviews online, with archive, plus links to related online resources.

Foreign Policy-- "Vibrant, daily online magazine of global politics, economics, and ideas" posts articles, web exclusive stories, numerous insightful special reports, popular blogs, and news, from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Note especially the much-commented Terrorism Index and Failed States Index.

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. Contents and some articles online, plus online archive. AFSA is the professional association of the United States Foreign Service. All issues since 1919 are available in an archive.

Georgetown Journal of International Affairs-- "The official publication of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University." Website posts selected popular articles from the print journal, plus commentary and analysis with "rigorous research and opinions on a wide range of topics in foreign policy."

Global Politics-- "Provides a forum where politically interested individuals, journalists, academics, international relations professionals and the next generation of global policy makers can exchange insights, debate viewpoints, and develop new approaches."

Globalist-- Comprehensive daily online magazine about the global economy, politics and culture that "provides a daily account of key issues before the global community," with news, features, and information on many facets of globalization.

Harvard International Review-- Some full-text articles and features online from this prestigious magazine from the Harvard International Relations Council.

International Affairs Forum-- Web journal from the Center for International Relations, "a nonprofit, tax exempt organization based in the Washington, D.C. area unaffiliated with any group or ideology... devoted to the independent exchange of international affairs, intelligence and economics views and information."

International Affairs Review-- Commentary and analysis on current issues from a "graduate student-run publication of The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, D.C."

International Policy Digest-- "International Policy Digest's express intent has been to discuss global events in a platform designed for individuals living in the new social environment... based in the United States, our goal is to address domestic events from politics or the media that impact the international system."

Journal of Democracy-- "The world's leading publication on the theory and practice of democracy. Since its first appearance in 1990, it has engaged both activists and intellectuals in critical discussions of the problems of and prospects for democracy around the world." Site posts selected articles from the current issue.

Military Review-- "The professional journal of the U.S. Army... provides a forum for original thought and debate on a wide variety of topics related to land warfare and the military profession."

The National Interest-- Pays particular attention to ideas, and the way in which cultural and social differences, technological innovations, history, and religion affect the behavior of states. Contents and some articles online.

Naval War College Review-- From the U.S. Naval War College, this journal "is a forum for discussion of public policy matters of interest to the maritime services. The forthright and candid views of the authors are presented for the professional education of the readers. Articles published are related to the academic and professional activities of the Naval War College."

New Internationalist-- Magazine focusing on issues of world poverty and inequality, and committed to the radical changes so that the basic material and spiritual needs of all can be met.

Open Democracy-- An eclectic "digital commons" rather than a magazine per se, free-thinking, socially-committed, pro-democracy, peacemaking, and conciliation, "a pluralist, high quality online space free and open to all - covering world affairs, ideas and culture."

Parameters-- Journal of the U.S. Army War College, on "the art and science of land warfare, joint and combined matters, national and international security affairs, military strategy, military leadership and management, military history, military ethics, and other topics of significant and current interest to the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense." Full-text online, site search, archives.

Peace and Conflict Review-- From the United Nations University for Peace, "a peer-reviewed, open-access journal dedicated to the publication of high quality academic articles in the field of peace and conflict studies."

Perspectives on Terrorism-- From the Terrorism Research Initiative, "seeks to provide a unique platform for established and emerging scholars to present their perspectives on the developing field of terrorism studies and scholarship; to present original research and analysis; and to provide a forum for discourse and commentary on related issues." Posts all articles cost-free.

RAND Review-- Flagship magazine of the RAND Corporation, "showcases RAND research on a variety of timely and relevant issues facing the world today," featuring many international affairs topics.

Russia in Global Affairs-- Quarterly journal, with full contents online, "the foremost reading for those who demand a competent outlook on Russia’s stand on vital international issues... from a global perspective... The contributing authors comprise the most prominent Russian and foreign policymakers and experts in government, business and academia..."

Science & Diplomacy-- From the American Association for the Advancement of Science, "a forum for rigorous thought, analysis, and insight to serve stakeholders who develop, implement, or teach all aspects of science and diplomacy. The online quarterly features a mix of original perspectives and research articles by science and diplomacy practitioners and thinkers from U.S. and international perspectives..."

TransAtlantic Magazine-- From the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, "in-depth interviews with policymakers in politics, government, finance and trade and with sports and cultural personalities from London to Moscow to New York and beyond," plus "articles written by Europe and America’s top journalists and commentaries by leading academics." From the American University in Moscow, an online magazine "dedicated to the current state of U.S.-Russia relations. Our mission is to generate new ideas for U.S. - Russia rapprochement to jointly meet the world's enormous security, economic, ecological, and other challenges."

Wilson Quarterly-- "Surveying the world of ideas," the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution posts the full text of articles from the current edition of this quarterly periodical, which often includes international themes.

World Affairs Journal-- From the World Affairs Institute, "this site highlights news, opinion, and research from media, governments, and think tanks around the world... In addition to extensive news aggregation,...[it] features blogs by leading opinion makers and commentators from the US" and elsewhere.


World Policy Journal-- From the World Policy Institute at New School University, focusing on cultural and economic factors in international affairs, and the requirements for a civil society. Contents and some articles online, plus back issues and lectures viewable online.

World Politics Review-- "Provides uncompromising analysis of critical global trends to give policymakers, businesspeople and academics the context they need to have the confidence they want... comprehensive and detailed perspectives that are as valuable as they are uncommon." Subscription site with substantial cost-free content.

World Press-- "Nonpartisan magazine whose mission is to foster the international exchange of perspectives and information. It contains articles reprinted from the press outside the United States, as well as originally written material."

World Today-- Current issue (only) is offered without cost by Chatham House, the UK's foremost, world-class institute for international affairs research--"presents authoritative analysis on a variety of current topics in each monthly issue... vital background for experts, business planners, academics and those curious about the world we live in."

YaleGlobal Online-- This excellent comprehensive web journal features many articles, lectures, news items, and links about globalization in its diverse aspects and effects. From the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University.

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This section of the WWW Virtual Library system was created, and is edited and maintained, by Dr. Wayne A.Selcher, Professor of International Studies Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2288  U.S.A., as a volunteer and non-profit public service. This website copyright 1997-present by Wayne A. Selcher. E-mail: