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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.




MIDDLE EAST

 

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. Yahoo! provides country-specific, regional, and official government site search options. 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 the Middle East-- Arab News (Saudi Arabia), Al Jazeera (Qatar and regional), Al-Ahram (Egypt), Jordan Times (Jordan), Daily Star (Lebanon), Kuwait Times (Kuwait), Times of Oman (Oman), The Peninsula (Qatar), Khaleej Times (Dubai), The National (UAE), Jerusalem Post (Israel), Israel Insider (Israel), Times of Israel, Hürriyet (Turkey), Today's Zaman (Turkey), Muftah (regional), Google News,  BBC, CNN, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Inter Press Service, Global Post, The Guardian

Insightful Blogs about the Middle East
-- Al-Monitor, Foreign Policy Association, Syria Comment, Voices and Views: Middle East and North Africa (World Bank)


Other Sources


Al Jazeera Center for Studies-- "A think-tank extension of the Al Jazeera Network..., conducts in-depth analysis of current affairs at both regional and global levels. Its research agenda focuses primarily on geo-politics and strategic developments in the Arab world and surrounding regions." Posts many studies.


Arab Barometer-- Multinational project to "produce scientifically reliable data on the politically-relevant attitudes of ordinary citizens [of the Arab countries], to disseminate and apply survey findings in order to contribute to political reform, and to strengthen institutional capacity for public opinion research." Surveys cover "a wide range of topics pertaining to governance, political life and political, social and cultural values." The project posts "country and regional comparative reports, in addition to thematic analyses..."

Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies-- Based in Doha, aims to play "a proactive role in the Arab region, not confining its work to scholarly research but translating it practically into various activities and initiatives. In effect, it would not merely function as a "think tank", but would also produce analyses, outreach papers for the general public and public opinion makers, plans of action and Arab working proposals." Posts much of its work.


Arab Media & Society-- "The primary reference for understanding the role of media in shaping Arab societies and the broader Muslim world." Covers "all forms of media and their interaction with society-at-large, from politics and business to culture and religion, as well as the way in which Arab media change resonates in the broader Muslim world."


Arab Reform Initiative-- Multinational (Arab world, Europe and the United States) project that is engaged in "producing knowledge of the Arab region through in-depth research projects, engaging in collaborative work, building capacity of teams in different countries in data collection and survey research and developing a vast network of scholars, activists and practitioners who share the reform vision... [as] a regional hub for democratic transformation and to serve the region's civil society." Posts studies and papers-- be sure to check the archive section.


Arab States-- From the Regional Bureau for Arab States of the United Nations Development Programme, an extensive site about development issues in the Arabic-speaking countries, including the Arab Human Development Report. Note also the Programme on Governance in the Arab Region, "to provide resources and information on governance reform in the Arab states, including general and country-specific essays on the themes pertaining to... participation, rule of law, and transparency and accountability." Posts publications, statistics, indicators, thematic comparisons, databases, and links to related UNDP-RBAS websites.

Arabian Business-- Comprehensive business news and analysis site for Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf Arab states, with contributions from scores of journalists, a company directory, press releases, briefings, financial markets, currencies, video/audio, and more.

Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies-- "Seeks to contribute to the advancement of Middle East peace and security by conducting policy-relevant research on strategic subjects, particularly as they relate to the national security and foreign policy of Israel." Posts many research papers of various types.

Carnegie Endowment Middle East Page-- "Gives visitors easier access to Carnegie's extensive research and writing on the state of political change in the Middle East and the effects of U.S. and European efforts to promote democracy there. Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, and Lebanon are all major areas of focus."

CSIS Middle East Program-- From the Center for Strategic and International Studies, this program posts articles, publications, and presentations that cover "all aspects of U.S. policy toward the region, concentrating especially on identifying new voices, framing emerging challenges, and developing opportunities for positive change..."

Gulf Research Center-- Independent research institute in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, whose aim is "to pursue politically neutral and academically sound research about the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and disseminate the knowledge obtained as widely as possible." This excellent large site posts news, publications, large e-library, research gateway, and more.

H-Mideast-Politics-- "Academic discussion forum where substantive information and analysis can be presented of Middle East current affairs and of its relevance to the foreign policy of states outside the region. The list takes the entire area from Morocco to Malaysia and from Kazakhstan to Somalia as its purview. The emphasis is on contemporary politics."


Integrated Regional Information Network-- From the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, providing searchable news items on crises in the Middle East.


Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs-- Independent, non-profit institute for policy research and education, located in Jerusalem and focusing on Israeli foreign affairs, security issues, Middle Eastern diplomacy, and international law.

Media Line-- "Unique [American] non-profit news organization established to enhance and balance media coverage in the Middle East, promote independent reporting in the region, and break down barriers to understanding in the Arab and Israeli journalism communities," offering "written pieces as well as audio and video reports produced by The Media Line’s staff of seasoned journalists speaking the languages of the region."

Middle East Institute-- "Important conduit of information between Middle Eastern nations and American policymakers, organizations and the public. We strive to increase knowledge of the Middle East among our own citizens and to promote understanding between the peoples of the Middle East and America." Posts policy briefs, press releases, country briefs, and other items.

Middle East Media Research Institute-- "Explores the Middle East through the region's media... providing timely translations of Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew media, as well as original analysis of political, ideological, intellectual, social, cultural, and religious trends in the Middle East." Posts in several languages, with archives.

Middle East Research and Information Project-- From a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C., varied independent perspectives on and insightful analysis of events and issues in the Middle East, with online news, commentaries, studies, and the free Middle East Report Online.

Middle East Studies Association-- Academic "association that fosters the study of the Middle East, promotes high standards of scholarship and teaching, and encourages public understanding of the region and its peoples through programs, publications and services that enhance education, further intellectual exchange, recognize professional distinction, and defend academic freedom."

Middle East Virtual Library-- Searchable information portal for Middle East and Islamic Studies, to provide "access to electronic fulltext materials or electronic bibliographical records of printed materials and manuscripts," sponsored by a multinational European library consortium.

MidEast Web-- From Israel, by a coalition of "Arabs, Jews and others who want to build a new Middle East based on coexistence and neighborly relations." Contains texts, analyses, proposals, cultural and other information, news, maps, statistics, and more.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia-- News, information, many statistics, and many online reports are available free in full-text from this United Nations regional organization. Great source for authoritative online economic and social information about the eastern part of the Middle East.

World Bank Middle East and North Africa-- Papers, discussion notes, and reports on economic, environmental, and social issues in the Middle East and North Africa 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