Virtual Library

This WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is a frequently updated Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in a wide range of international affairs, international relations, international studies, global studies, and global education topics. These sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online. Each website is described only in general terms because of the typically rapid changes in details of its contents and features.




AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY

 

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-- Foreign Policy Passport,The Best Defense, Defense OneInternational Affairs Forum, Project Syndicate, Long War Journal, At War (New York Times), Danger Room, World Affairs Journal, Center for a New American Security, Security Clearance (CNN), Foreign Policy Journal, Geopolitical Monitor (Canada), WorldViews (Washington Post), The Water's Edge (Council on Foreign Relations), Power, Politics, and Preventive Action (Council on Foreign Relations), Defense in Depth (Council on Foreign Relations), The Hill


General Analytical Sources


American Academy of Diplomacy-- "Private, non-profit, non-partisan, elected society of men and women who have held positions of major responsibility in the formulation and implementation of American diplomacy." This distinguished group posts publications within its mission "to help enhance the quality of American diplomacy and to build greater public understanding of the critical role played by diplomacy in America's foreign policy process."

American Diplomacy-- A free, quarterly "electronic journal of commentary, analysis, and research on American foreign policy and its practice," run largely by retired U.S. diplomats, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Includes an archive of past articles.

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 International Policy Reports and a newsletter on human rights, international security, and conflict resolution issues.


Center for National Policy-- "An independent think tank dedicated to advancing the economic and national security of the United States. We bring together thought leaders and decision makers who are focused on the revitalization of our economy for the benefit of all Americans and the strengthening of the values of human rights and democracy at home and across the globe." Posts symposium videos, studies, and a blog.


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 Topics Index is very useful. 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. The Global Governance Monitor is "a tool that shows how the international community is doing in addressing the most daunting threats that it faces."

Foreign Policy In Focus-- A searchable, 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. Contents and some articles online, plus online archive. AFSA is the professional association of the United States Foreign Service.

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 Committee on American Foreign Policy-- "Nonprofit, activist organization dedicated to the resolution of conflicts that threaten U.S. interests. Toward that end, the National Committee identifies, articulates, and helps advance American foreign policy interests from a nonpartisan perspective within the framework of political realism." Posts research reports and policy studies.

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. Note The September 11th Source Books, "National Security Archive Online Readers on Terrorism, Intelligence and the Next War."


Project on Defense Alternatives-- Offers critical analysis of U.S. defense policy, as well as those of other nations, to adapt military policy to the circumstances of the post-Cold War era, with pragmatic, cost-effective alternative defense policy options that support progress toward more cooperative means of attaining security. Many studies and reports are available online. The Defense Strategy Review Page is a "compendium of online analysis, background studies, official documents, and commentary essential to understanding U.S. defense reviews and the formulation of national security strategy."


Public Diplomacy Web Site-- Sponsored by the USIA Alumni Association and the Public Diplomacy Foundation to show the role that public diplomacy plays in U.S. foreign policy. Posts reports and articles on the topic.

RAND: Homeland Security and Defense Center-- From the RAND Corporation research firm, a program that "supports the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies charged with preventing and mitigating the effects of terrorist activity within U.S. borders. Projects in this program will include critical infrastructure protection, emergency management, terrorism risk management, border control (particularly ports), first responders and preparedness, domestic threat assessments, domestic intelligence, and manpower and training." Free publications on these topics are available online.

Research Issues-- The conservative Heritage Foundation's central page for access to their publications and links on a range of American foreign policy issues.



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Public Opinion Sources, U.S. and International


• 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. "In addition to painting a portrait of American public attitudes on baseline issues, each ["Global Views"] survey explores opinions on a timely theme." 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."


Foreign Affairs and Defense Issues-- U.S. public opinion data on international questions, from a variety of sources, from Polling Report.com.


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.

Harris Interactive-- Selected survey results from the Harris Poll, one of the United States' leading public opinion polling organizations. The large Harris Vault archive includes foreign policy and international affairs topics back to 1970. Also see the News section for more recent poll results.


Pew Forum 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.

Pew Global Attitudes Project-- 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 Publications on Global Attitudes/Foreign Affairs page and the Key Indicators Database, which "allows users to explore public opinion trends in 55 countries on topics ranging from attitudes toward the U.S. to people's assessments of their own lives to views about globalization, democratization, extremism and other important issues."

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," searchable highlights and full reports of many American foreign policy-related polls, plus commentaries, cost-free online.

PollingReport.com-- "An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion," with searchable highlights of many foreign policy-related polls online, cost-free.

Public Agenda-- "Providing unbiased and unparalleled research that bridges the gap between American leaders and what the public really thinks about issues ranging from education to foreign policy to immigration to religion and civility in American life... [to help] American leaders better understand the public's point of view [and] citizens know more about critical policy issues so they can make thoughtful, informed decisions." Posts foreign policy polls and analysis. Note the "Confidence in U.S. Foreign Policy Index."


Roper Center for Public Opinion Research-- From the University of Connecticut, one of the United States' main public opinion polling organizations, which posts some surveys and analysis on American attitudes on foreign policy issues. See especially the articles from Public Perspective magazine and Public Opinion on Patriotism.

Watching America-- "Discover What the World Thinks About 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.

WorldPublicOpinion.org-- "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 on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, posts excellent international public opinion polls.


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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: selchewa@etown.edu