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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.




LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

 

Search Engines, News, and Blogs


Search Engine Colossus and Search Engine Guide are comprehensive global master directories of local search engines for regional, country, or language-specific searches. Google Translate is a useful option. Glearch allows you to search for language and country-specific content in "top results from Google, Yahoo and Bing as well as the most popular search engines for the selected country."


News Sources in English on Latin America and the Caribbean-- Buenos Aires Herald (Argentina), Santiago Times (Chile), MercoPress (Southern Cone), Folha de São Paulo (Brazil), Tico Times (Costa Rica), Costa Rica Star, The Gleaner (Jamaica), Colombia Reports, Caribbean Journal, Google News, BBC, CNN, Latin America News Dispatch, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, New York Times, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, Global Post, Inter Press Service, Reuters Brazil News, Reuters Mexico News, The Guardian


Insightful Blogs about Latin America and the Caribbean-- Bloggings by Boz, The Latin Americanist, LatIntelligence, Foreign Policy Association, Latin America and Caribbean (World Bank), Americas View (The Economist), Americas Quarterly, Latin America's Moment (Council on Foreign Relations), Center for Strategic and International Studies, AULA Blog, Caracas Chronicles, From Brazil (Folha de São Paulo), Brazil Portal (Wilson Center), Mexico Portal (Wilson Center) 


Other Sources


Americas Center-- From the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, with a lot of staff papers, economic analyses, statistics, and speeches online, plus links on Latin American macroeconomic and financial topics.


Americas Program of the Center for International Policy-- "A leading source of information for activists, academics and citizens concerned about US foreign policy toward Latin America and movements for social justice within the hemisphere." Articles, commentaries, and reports on Latin American issues are posted online.


Americas Society and Council of the Americas-- Joint website for, respectively, the "the premier forum dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas," and "the premier international business organization whose members share a common commitment to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere." Posts news, analysis, and videos by topics, countries, and other categories.

Evidence and Lessons from Latin America (ELLA)-- "Knowledge sharing and learning platform," funded by the UK's Department for International Development, to promote knowledge, diffusion, and networking about "recent Latin American experiences on selected economic, environmental and governance issues," with a South-South emphasis.

FLACSO Andes-- Social science research center focusing on the Andean countries and Latin America, based in Quito. Features a very useful virtual library with full-text digital books, an academic debate forum to post papers, a digital repository with theses, magazines, bulletins, videos, photos, and multimedia, and a web directory.

Handbook of Latin American Studies-- From the Hispanic Division of the United States Library of Congress, this is an annual multidisciplinary bibliography on Latin America, consisting of works selected and annotated by scholars. It is now online as a thoroughly searchable database, from Volume 1 (1935) to date. An excellent resource.

H-Caribbean-- Member of the H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences Online initiative, "sponsored by the Association of Caribbean Historians," aiming to overcome "fragmentation that has traditionally characterized the field and region... provide access to debates and discussions on Caribbean studies, act as a resource to academics teaching and researching in associated fields [and] serve to reinforce the growing awareness of the region as an important and rich area for further research and study."

H-LatAm-- "International forum for the scholarly discussion of Latin American History. It is a member of the H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences Online initiative and affiliated with the Conference On Latin American History."

InSight-- Aims to "increase the level of research, analysis and investigation on organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean... connects the pieces, the players and organizations and gives a cohesive look of the region’s criminal enterprises and the effectiveness of the initiatives designed to stop them," with emphasis on Mexico, Guatemala, and Colombia.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights-- From "one of two bodies in the inter-American system for the promotion and protection of human rights," information on the Commission and about human rights issues in the Western Hemisphere, published as yearly reports, country reports, and in other formats.

• Inter-American Development Bank-- Many authoritative working papers, reports, statistics, and databases online concerning a wide range of social, economic, and political matters in specific countries and in the whole region of Latin America and the Caribbean.
    Main Index Page-- Overview of all site contents. The Publications page is another starting point.
    Countries Page-- Starting point for information, statistics, and studies by country.
    Felipe Herrera Library-- Search the IDB site and beyond for information and analysis on Latin America.
    Research and Data-- Note especially the Publications page, with many high quality studies online.
    Highly recommended: the annual survey "Economic and Social Progress in Latin America"

Inter-American Dialogue-- "The leading U.S. center for policy analysis, exchange, and communication on issues in Western Hemisphere affairs. The Dialogue brings together public and private leaders from across the Americas to address hemispheric problems and opportunities." Various types of publications online.

Inter-American Press Association-- Prestigious "non-profit organization dedicated to defending freedom of expression and of the press throughout the Americas." Reports, press releases, and news on press freedom in the countries of the Western Hemisphere and related information.

Just the Facts-- "Citizen effort to oversee and understand the United States' military relationship with the Western Hemisphere." Posts data, analysis, links, and more on the topic. "A project of the Latin America Working Group Education Fund in cooperation with the Center for International Policy and the Washington Office on Latin America."

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas-- At the University of Texas at Austin, this Center posts news and analysis on journalism in Latin America and the Caribbean and offers a newsletter on journalism in the Americas.


Latin America and Caribbean Research Portal-- From the University of London, "offers a searchable directory of Latin American and Caribbean Studies research resources in the UK. The site displays lists of academic staff/researchers, thesis in progress, institutions/centres/universities, libraries and museums in UK and EIRE working in this area."

Latin America Working Group-- "Coalition of over sixty [U.S.] religious, human rights, policy, grassroots and development organizations... striving for U.S. policies that promote peace, justice and sustainable development in the region." Online news, policy analysis reports, and general studies.


Latin American Databank-- From the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, "locates, acquires, processes and archives public opinion surveys conducted by the survey research community in Latin America, including universities, institutes, individual scholars, private polling and public opinion research firms." Results of most of the studies are posted cost-free.

Latin American Economic System (SELA)-- Regional, economic integration-focused IGO, with searchable reports, bulletins, articles, database, and other publications online, mainly in Spanish.

Latin American Network Information Center-- The University of Texas at Austin maintains one of the major sites in the world for Latin American information, which serves as the WWW Virtual Library of Latin American Studies. The site is organized by country, subject, region, and LANIC projects and hosted databases, including a full-text database of Fidel Castro's speeches. Note the Latin American Government Documents Archive, which "seeks to preserve and facilitate access to a wide range of ministerial and presidential documents from 18 Latin American and Caribbean countries. The Archive contains copies of the Web sites of approximately 300 government ministries and presidencies."

Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection-- From Harvard's Widener Library, posts over 5000 "scarce and unique Latin American pamphlets published during the 19th and the early 20th centuries... valuable primary resources for students and researchers working on Latin American history."

Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars-- A "nonpartisan forum in Washington, D.C. to discuss Latin American and Caribbean issues and to bring these issues to the attention of opinion leaders and policy makers throughout the hemisphere" through "public forums...independent research and...residential fellowships to distinguished scholars and senior policymakers." Site posts information on the Program, many of its publications, event summaries, and media files. Note especially the many postings of the Brazil Institute.

Latin American Public Opinion Project-- From Vanderbilt University, "databases of public opinion information about political viewpoints across Latin America," collected over decades on topics related to democracy, such as "system support, political tolerance, citizen participation, local government, corruption, and views on authoritarianism." This large site posts and links to many analytical studies from the polls and makes data sets available. Note especially the Americas Barometer, a survey of political, economic, and social attitudes in the region.

Latin American Studies Association--  LASA is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America, and offers (to members only) hundreds of downloadable papers from its most recent International Congresses. Note that some of the specialized country and topic study sections have their own web sites.

Latinobarómetro-- "Non-profit NGO based in Santiago, Chile [that] researches the development of democracy and economies as well as societies, using indicators of opinion, attitudes, behaviour and values. Its results are used by social and political actors, international organizations, governments and the media." English language version of site is available. Posts cost-free online its excellent annual surveys and reports about democracy in Latin America, as well as some other analytical products.

Organization of American States-- This principal international organization of the Western Hemisphere posts many documents and much information, analysis, and statistical data. Extensive resources are found in the Foreign Trade Information System, with  information, statistics, and documents about hemispheric integration, trade trends in the Western Hemisphere, and links to further data.

Pew Hispanic Center-- "Non-partisan research organization supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Its mission is to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the entire nation." Authoritative source for online data and public opinion surveys about the demography, economics, education, and identity of the U.S. Hispanic population. Based at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication.


Plataforma Democrática's Virtual Library-- This "library’s holdings consist of a specialized collection of works about democracy in Latin America. This section will provide users with free access to the library’s twenty thousand titles, which may be queried by author or by title keywords." Searchable in several languages for full-text publications. This research institute posts its own publications and a Research Center Database which "contains information about more than 450 Latin American research centers and researchers whose work focuses on democracy-related topics."

ReVista-- From the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, a free analytical and themed magazine in PDF about the region, published three times yearly, with archives back to Fall 1998.

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean-- News, information, many statistics, and many online reports are available free in full-text from this United Nations regional organization. Great source for high quality online economic information about Latin America, including the annual Social Panorama of Latin America.

Washington Office on Latin America-- A leading advocate for human rights, democracy, and social and economic justice in Latin America and the Caribbean. Coverage and analysis of topics including U.S. legislation and policy, country and regional situations, military aid, and key current issues, with online publications.

World Bank Latin American and Caribbean-- Full-text papers, discussion notes, and reports on economic, environmental, and social issues in Latin America and the Caribbean today.


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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