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.




PEACE, CONFLICT RESOLUTION, AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY


Principal Search Engines, Libraries, Databases, Networks, and Directories
Other Sources


Principal Search Engines, Libraries, Databases, Networks, and Directories


NOTE: Also check the many relevant links in the United States Government Information Sources, American Foreign Policy, International Relations Journals and Magazines, and Research Institutes sections of this Web site, among others.


Combined Arms Research Library-- From the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, "The intent of this website is to introduce the resources available at CARL and to extend our services and support to military scholars worldwide by providing access to a selection of our resources." Note especially the Online Public Access Catalog.


Conflict and Security Resource Guide-- From Eldis, a world class directory and gateway to electronic information resources on development, this resource guide "examines the drivers and dynamics of inter and intra-state conflicts such as ethnicity and competition for natural resources. It also highlights current approaches and responses to conflict prevention and resolution and best practice in the design of security and peacebuilding programmes."

Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)--  A project of the International Relations and Security Network and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, to provide free databased information on international relations and security issues, by state, year, and subject. "The integrated database system contains clearly documented information from research institutes around the world. It covers areas in the field of international relations and security, such as hard facts on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and conventional weapons holding, nuclear weapons, chronology, statistics and other reference data."

Global Terrorism Database-- From the University of Maryland, "open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2010 (with annual updates planned for the future). Unlike many other event databases, the GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as international terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and now includes more than 98,000 cases."


International Relations and Security Network-- World-class searchable clearinghouse for resources in the field of security and defense studies, peace and conflict research, and international relations, with a large digital library. "The world’s leading open access information service for international relations and security professionals," from the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich.


Peace and Collaborative Development Network-- "Free professional networking site that works to foster dialogue and sharing of resources in international development, conflict resolution, gender mainstreaming, human rights, social entrepreneurship and related fields." Posts "fellowship/scholarship opportunities, information about relevant academic programs, training opportunities, news about new publications... questions about new or ongoing research projects, discussion of conflict regions, videos and photos, and more."

Research Centers in International Relations on the Web-- Very useful world list maintained by the United States Institute of Peace Library.

SearchMil.com-- Searches over one million military (.mil) Web pages, indexed and ranked in order of popularity.


Uppsala Conflict Data Program-- From Uppsala University's Department of Peace and Conflict Research, "information on a large number of aspects of armed violence [and peacemaking] since 1946," in the form of widely-referenced downloadable databases, a Conflict Encyclopaedia, definitions of concepts, country profiles, maps, charts, graphs, and publications.


Top of Page


Other Sources


Arms Control Association-- National nonpartisan membership organization promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies, with online fact sheets, papers, full-text documents, arms control briefings, subject and country directories, and the journal Arms Control Today.

Beyond Intractability-- Searchable online database of texts, articles, interviews, references, and links about practical approaches to resolving intractable conflicts.

Bonn International Center for Conversion-- Clearinghouse on practical conversion experiences and projects, to support and promote the process by which resources are shifted from the military or the defense sector towards civilian purposes. Posts many online free "reports, briefs, and papers  which analyze the international conversion process, report on conversion projects and experiences, and offer scientific as well as practical know-how."

British American Security Information Council-- An independent research organization that analyzes government policies in defense, disarmament, military strategy, and nuclear issues. Many analytical studies online.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists-- Focus on "global security issues, especially the continuing dangers posed by nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, and the appropriate roles of nuclear technology." Online copies of parts of the Bulletin, the famous nuclear Doomsday Clock, and other information about international security and nuclear issues.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace-- Conducts programs of research, discussion, publication, and education in international affairs and U.S. foreign policy, and publishes the quarterly journal Foreign Policy. Specialties are "particularly in the areas of Russia and Eurasia, China, the Indian subcontinent/South Asia, globalization, nonproliferation and security affairs." Many publications are posted online, such as policy briefs, working papers, and reports. The Carnegie Endowment has other centers in Moscow, Beirut, and Brussels, the latter for the EU.

Center for International Development and Conflict Management-- At the University of Maryland, a research group that focuses on "the dynamics of conflict and conflict resolution, with a special emphasis on the role of economic development and information technology in conflict-prone societies." Many publications and datasets are available free online in full-text. Note especially the excellent "Peace and Conflict" series that details "major [global] trends in armed conflict, self-determination movements, and democracy" and provides a Peace and Conflict Ledger.

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 Nonproliferation Studies-- At the Monterey Institute of International Studies, this is the world's largest non-governmental organization devoted to combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Lots of resources on general and headline topics.

Center for Security Policy-- Conservative U.S. organization to stimulate and inform national and international debate about all aspects of security policy, especially those bearing on the interests of the United States. Online publications and links to current news items.

Clingendael Conflict Research Unit-- Part of  theNetherlands Institute of International Relations, focusing on the study of intrastate conflict and conflict management, especially in the developing world. Studies, papers, and seminar proceedings are online.

Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN)-- An excellent collaborative multi-media database of resources relevant to teaching and research on the Northern Ireland conflict, at the University of Ulster.

Country Reports on Terrorism-- U.S. Department of State yearly reports on terrorism around the world, submitted to the U.S. Congress.


CRISE Network-- Based at Oxford University, an "association of scholars and practitioners concerned with the fundamental economic, political and cultural causes of violent conflict. Its particular focus is on the role of "horizontal inequalities" (inequalities among salient identity groups) in causing conflict, and in policies to correct such inequalities." Posts many papers on this topic.


Defense-aerospace.com offers the latest security and aerospace news and analysis, plus a comprehensive defense link directory.


Federation of American Scientists-- A policy organization whose Board of Sponsors includes over 55 American Nobel Laureates, AFS is  engaged in analysis and advocacy on  science, technology, and public policy for global security. Note the different programs, such as the Intelligence Resource Program, the Nuclear Resources Page, and the
Arms Sales Monitoring Project. The Federation of American Scientists posts links to the excellent Congressional Research Service Reports on international security issues.


Fund for Peace-- Non-profit research and educational NGO whose mission is "to prevent war and alleviate the conditions that cause war" by specializing in "the diagnosis and resolution of conflicts associated with weak and failing states and on foreign policy responses." Many insightful publications are posted, including analytical reports, "The Failed States Index," and country profiles.

 

Geneva Centre for Security Policy-- "International foundation established in 1995 with over 40 member states for the primary purpose of promoting the building and maintenance of peace, security and stability through training, research and dialogue." Posts studies on global and regional security issues.


Global Peacebuilders-- "An international network of conflict resolution, conflict transformation and peacebuilding initiatives. By connecting organisations, researchers, academics and individual practitioners, we offer a solid platform for learning, exchange of best practice and development of international partnerships for reconciliation and peacebuilding."


theHive-- World Bank-sponsored interactive, action-oriented "knowledge platform on fragility, conflict, and violence, which provides both an online and face-to-face communication platform for the community of practice working on these issues to share and build knowledge," with many partner organizations.

Human Security Report Project-- Independent research center affiliated with Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Excellent site "tracks global and regional trends in organized violence, their causes and consequences... Research findings and analyses are published in the Human Security Report, Human Security Brief series, and the miniAtlas of Human Security... [and]... electronic newsletters on global security issues." The Security Stats section presents current and historical data on organized violence around the world and the related death tolls.

Institute for Economics and Peace-- Non-profit research organization dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human well-being. The Global Peace Index, produced by IEP, is the world’s leading measure of peacefulness; it uses 22 qualitative and quantitative indicators to measure peace in over 160 countries worldwide. IEP research also includes a series of national peace indices, as well as the Global Terrorism Index.


Institute for Science and International Security-- Non-partisan research organization that provides technical analyses of nuclear weapons programs around the world, promoting nuclear transparency and government accountability, and strengthening international efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. Online publications, country studies, satellite imagery, and mailing list.

International Action Network on Small Arms-- "The global network of civil society organisations working to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons," with much information on the small arms proliferation issue and the campaign against them.

International Boundaries Research Unit-- At the University of Durham, "works to minimise conflict associated with international boundaries on land and at sea around the world." Especially useful are the Boundary Resources.

International Campaign to Ban Landmines-- Information on the landmines issue and the campaign against them. Note especially the extensive annual Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor reports, country profiles, and other data.

International Crisis Group-- "Independent, non-profit, multinational organisation... working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict." Quality factual and analytical information on crisis spots in reports, briefings, and databases. Offers CrisisWatch, a bulletin on "all the most significant situations of conflict or potential conflict around the world."

International Institute for Counter-Terrorism-- Based in Israel, this site is a comprehensive resource on international terrorism and counter-terrorism, featuring an extensive database on terrorist organizations and attacks, an interactive forum, news updates, and many articles on international terrorism.


International Peace Institute-- "Independent, international not-for-profit think tank with a staff representing more than 20 nationalities, located in New York across from United Nations headquarters... dedicated to promoting the prevention and settlement of conflicts between and within states by strengthening international peace and security institutions." Many publications and videos on that topic.

International Peace & Security Institute-- In Washington, DC, "empowers the next generation of peacemakers... facilitates the transfer of knowledge and skills to a global audience from the world’s premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates... develops comprehensive training programs, advances scholarly research, and promotes efforts to raise public awareness of peace and security issues." Publishes the free weekly Peace & Security Report, about "pertinent global news, events, and trends."

International Security Information Service, Europe-- "Brussels-based independent research and advisory organisation working on aspects of security, defence and peace policies of the EU and NATO.... facilitates parliamentary and inter-institutional dialogue with all stakeholders and provides policy input to strengthen common approaches to conflict prevention, crisis management, peace building, arms control and disarmament.."

Internet Service on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity-- INCORE, of the University of Ulster and the United Nations University, is a large essential world-class resource and search facility for those in the area of conflict resolution and ethnic conflict. Their Conflict Data Service is "an entry point to an information network in the field of Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity, providing quick and user-friendly access to quality information." The Internet Country Guides "provide information about internet resources on conflict and ethnicity specific to particular countries and regions." Copies of the Ethnic Conflict Research Digest are online.


Interpeace-- "Independent, international peacebuilding organization and strategic partner of the United Nations... [to] bring together governments, multilateral and UN agencies, and experts to analyze the latest in peacebuilding trends... [and] combine our local peacebuilding knowledge with the latest in international thinking to assist the international community, including the United Nations, to play a more effective role in supporting peacebuilding efforts around the world." Much information and analysis on peacebuilding.


MIT Security Studies Program-- "Graduate-level research and educational program based at the Center for International Studies at MIT." Site posts an annual report, research journal, newsletter, working paper series, and conference series.

Nonproliferation Policy Education Center-- "Project of the Institute for International Studies... a nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational organization founded in 1994 to promote a better understanding of strategic weapons proliferation issues. NPEC educates policymakers, journalists, and university professors about proliferation threats and possible new policies and measures to meet them."

North Atlantic Treaty Organization-- NATO is attempting to participate in the development of cooperative security structures for the whole of Europe. This site has a complete archive of all official documents and both general and specific NATO publications. Note the NATO Review magazine. The NATO Defense College posts publications and studies on topics related to the alliance.

Nuclear Threat Initiative-- Founded by Ted Turner and former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, "to strengthen global security by reducing the risk of use and preventing the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons." Large site posts a WMD news service, tutorials, country surveys, maps, policy papers, documents, media materials, and databases.

Peace Research Institute Oslo-- "Independent research institution known for its effective synergy of basic and policy-relevant research... conducts graduate training and is engaged in the promotion of peace through conflict resolution, dialogue and reconciliation, public information and policymaking activities." Posts publications and studies. Note the Mapping Arms Data visualization project.


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. Thousands of studies and reports are linked or posted online.

Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs--International scientific organization dedicated to eliminating nuclear weapons and war, reducing the danger of armed conflict, and seeking cooperative solutions for global problems. Features reports and statements, publications on key global security issues including nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, regional conflict, and science and society.

Royal United Services Institute-- World-class "independent think tank engaged in cutting edge defence and security research," in London, with expertise "utilised by governments, parliament and other key stakeholders." Posts authoritative studies online-- "rigorous, expert and objective analysis of current trends and developments"-- some free and some for members only.

Saferworld-- "Independent non-governmental organisation [based in the UK] that works to prevent and reduce violent conflict and promote cooperative approaches to security... through advocacy, research and policy development and through supporting the actions of others." Posts "research reports, briefing papers, articles and training packs."

 • Small Arms Survey Project-- From the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, a multinational effort to spread information and analysis about the proliferation of small arms and light weapons around the world. Many publications and resources online, including the annual Small Arms Survey.

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute-- One of the foremost institutes of its type in the world, SIPRI excels in the collection and analysis of data on weapons developments, arms transfers and production, and military expenditure, as well as on arms limitations, reductions and disarmament. Large quantity of information and analysis online.

Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center-- "The first center in the United States devoted to understanding the links among terrorism, transnational crime and corruption, and to teach, research, train and help formulate policy on these critical issues," from the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. Emphasis on the CIS, with many studies and links posted online.

United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research-- This UN organization provides information, summaries, and some full-text results of research on nuclear, biological, chemical, missile, small arms, landmine, peacekeeping, and education issues.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-- Much news, information, and analysis on illicit drugs, drug abuse, drug trafficking, organized crime, criminal justice, terrorism, corruption, and human trafficking. Note the annual "World Drug Report."

United Nations Peace and Security Page-- Master page for all United Nations sites on peace and security, with full documentation and activities.

United Nations Peacekeeping Operations-- Much information on current and completed missions, from the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

United States Army War College-- The top school in the U.S. Army educational system, with many excellent international affairs and security studies accessible online. The Library provides useful military and security resources, including topical bibliographies. Note the Parameters journal and the Strategic Studies Institute pages. The U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute may be of interest.

United States Institute of Peace-- The mission of the USIP is to strengthen the nation's capabilities to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflicts. Institute project reports, briefings, event summaries, and news items are available online, with archives and extensive links on conflict topics. Note the Publications & Tools section and the Research Centers in International Relations on the Web directory, by country. Peace Terms is an "extensive glossary [that] provides short definitions of a wide range of complex and often confusing terms used in the field of conflict resolution."


Top of Page

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