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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.


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The Global Studies Search Engine, from the Center for Global Studies of the University of Illinois, "offers researchers more precise search capabilities by pulling information from a limited pool of academic research centers, intergovernmental organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. These sources have been selected by CGS staff for their focus on data sources, policy, theoretical debates, methodological challenges, program description, and curricular concerns."

Cross-cultural Issues

Culturelink Network-- The network of networks for research and cooperation in cultural development, established by UNESCO and the Council of Europe. Note the Culturelink Review and databases.

ExecutivePlanet-- "To inspire business travelers to travel with greater cultural awareness," explanations of business cultures and practices, protocol, and cross-cultural tips for major trading nations around the world.

Kwintessential Language and Culture Specialists of the UK provide cross-cultural guidance in the form of Country Etiquette Profiles, a blog, and useful phrases.

Global Perspectives and Globalization

Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation-- At the University of Warwick, England, "the largest academic centre in Europe dealing with this subject area," focusing on "issues of the definition, measurement, impacts, and policy implications of globalisation and regionalisation." Site posts discussion and working papers, and the CSGR Globalization Index, which "measures the economic, social and political dimensions of globalisation for countries on an annual basis over the period 1982 to 2004, and combines these into an overall globalisation index, or score."

Dialogue on Globalization-- From the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (non-profit German institution committed to the principles of social democracy), this site presents hundreds of free publications online, ranging from short briefing papers to in-depth studies, many from authors in the Global South. The site also provides information on the agenda-setting of important global conferences and discusses their results.

Global Governance Watch-- "Joint project of the American Enterprise Institute and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies... to raise awareness of the growing global governance movement and to address issues of transparency and accountability at the United Nations, in NGOs, and related international organizations. In particular, the project monitors issues of national sovereignty and the ways in which the agendas of international organizations influence domestic politics."

Globalist-- Excellent and 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, quizzes, and information on many facets of globalization.

Migration Information Source-- From the Migration Policy Institute, Washington, D.C, "fresh thought, authoritative data, and global analysis of international migration and refugee trends... [with] useful tools, vital data, and essential facts on the movement of people worldwide."

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 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.

Population Action International-- Independent policy advocacy group that "works to improve individual well-being and preserve global resources by mobilizing political and financial support for population, family planning and reproductive health policies and programs." Publications, news, statistics, country studies, and videos on many aspects of global population.

Population Reference Bureau-- Excellent for authoritative data and analysis on world, regional, and national population and demographics trends. Features a large multimedia repository. Note their Annual Report and their annual World Population Data Sheet for "up-to-date demographic, health, and environment data for all the countries and major regions of the world." Search for data and analysis by topic, region, or country. The handy DataFinder has comparable data on well over 100 population, health, and environment variables for over 200 countries, 29 world regions and sub-regions, and the world as a whole and allows user-created tables.

United Nations Population Fund-- "World's largest international source of funding for population and reproductive health programmes." This U.N. site provides much information, news, and analysis on world population issues, including the excellent annual State of World Population report, free online.

United States Census Bureau's International Data Base-- A rich computerized data bank containing statistical tables of past, present, and projected demographic and socio-economic data for most countries and all areas of the world. Check the International Programs section.

World Economic Outlook-- "Presents IMF staff economists' analyses of global economic developments during the near and medium term. Chapters give an overview of the world economy; consider issues affecting industrial countries, developing countries, and economies in transition to market; and address topics of pressing current interest." Also note the World Economic Outlook Databases. "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.

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: