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Foreign Policy, Foreign Relations, Trade and Defense

The CIA engages in research, development, and deployment of high-leverage technology to gather and disseminate intelligence information to appropriate parties.  The CIA serves as an independent source of analysis on topics of concern and also works closely with the other organizations in the Intelligence Community to ensure that the intelligence consumer—whether Washington policymaker or battlefield commander—receives the best intelligence possible.

World Leaders:

World Factbook:

Latest data on more than 200 countries - includes maps
Congressional Research Service Reports (CRS)

The Congressional Research Service, an arm of the Library of Congress, serves the legislative process by providing Congress with non-partisan and in-depth legislative research and analysis on a variety of topics. CRS produces or updates more than 3,000 studies and other publications each year, none of which are distributed to the public. However many sites host reports relating to their main mission/interest providing a great public service.

Great overview site explaining what CRS reports are and with many links to various sites hosting them.

Open CRS Grass roots organization that seeks to make CRS reports available to the public.  Searchable database

Federation of American Scientists Founded in 1945 by scientists who built the first atomic bombs, FAS works to ensure that public policy is informed by intelligent, accurate scientific research. 

University of North Texas This academic site is sponsored by ALA and hosts a growing collection of the reports

State Department

Reports on Environmental Law and Policy hosted by the National Council for Science and the Environment

Reports on Homeland Security/Terrorism and Health Law and Policy hosted bt the Thurgood Marshall Law Library

Reports on Intellectual Property, cyberlaw and electronic commerce hosted by the University of New Hampshire

The official web site for the Department of Defense and the starting point for finding U.S. military information online.

DoD Policy on Homosexuality 1992 Hosted by Vanderbilt University

Statistcial Related to this policy

List of reports prepared by the DoD and presented to Congress.  Includes annual reports on:

  • Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China
  • DoD Strategic Management Plan
  • Arctic Operations and the Northwest Passage
  • Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq

and many others.

Hart Rudman report    Released in Jan 2001, this 3-year study suggests strategies and challenges for homeland security in the 21st Century.

State Dept Publications

Background Notes
facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus.

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Diplomatic List

Foreign Relations of the United States
Produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian, the Foreign Relations of the United States series presents the historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity.

Public Diplomacy Query, U.S. Department of State International Information Programs
An electronic archive of the International Information Programs , Department of State [formerly U.S. Information Agency], comprised of a wide array of official texts, statements, publications, reports, and other documents on U.S. foreign policy, international issues, and IIP overseas programs. This archive is no longer hosted by the Dept. of State, but many of the materials can be found by searching the Federation of American Scientists site using the link above. Begin your search with PDQ - such as "PDQ and Iraq."
State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) engages international audiences on issues of foreign policy, society and values to help create an environment receptive to U.S. national interests.

InfoUSA is a resource for people around the world who seek information about United States history, culture, economy, educational systems, political processes and more. The site is developed and maintained by the Office of Information Resources in the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), U.S. Department of State.

Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Travel Advisories

Travel and Living Abroad Information

Lexis-Nexis, Country Profiles

Publications and reports to Congress on several topics including:

  • Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
  • Country Reports on Terrorism
  • International Religious Freedom Report
  • Narcotics Control Strategy Report

Archived information available

Electronic Research Collection  Hosted by the University of Illinois Chicago, the ERC features electronically archived information produced by State Department from 1990 to 1997.

Sharm El-Sheikh Fact-Finding Committee Report (Mitchell Report), 2001  comprehensive report on the then status of the Arab-Israeli Conflict.

The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

Country Profiles

The Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN) is responsible for managing a broad range of U.S. nonproliferation polices, programs, agreements, and initiatives.  Part of the State Department.  Formerly the Bureau of Arms Control.

Arms Control and Disarmament Agency Archive  Hosted by the University of Illinois Chicago

BEA's economic statistics provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy. The cornerstone of BEA's statistics is the national income and product accounts (NIPAs), which feature the estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) and related measures.

Data on this site may be used in pre-formatted tables and many of the data sets are available in downloadable formats as well.

National Economic Accounts

International Economic Accounts

Industry Accounts

The Bureau is a division of the State Department.  EB's mission is to promote economic security and prosperity at home and abroad. On this site you will find links and resources for all of these tools and the ways the U.S. Department of State and EB are engaged to implement U.S. foreign economic policy.

From U.S. Census Bureau, demographic and socio-economic statistics for 205 countries.

Conducts "the nation's monetary policy; supervising and regulating banking institutions and protecting the credit rights of consumers; maintaining the stability of the financial system; and providing certain financial services to the U.S. government, the public, financial institutions, and foreign official institutions." As a result of these duties, their statistical releases are heavily anticipated by the financial community. Get statistics from the Fed here.

Foreign Exchange Rates

Historic Rates

Beige Book

List of publications from the Bureaul of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor.  Includes:

Chartbooks explores DOL statistics using charts, archived reports available.

Bulletins and Reports includes Highlights of Women's Earning and surveys on health plan provisions

Occupational Outlook Quarterly

International Labor Comparisons

Impact of Hurricane Sandy on Labor Markets

The International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements.  ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad. brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace.

Industry, Trade and the Economy: Data and Analysis Provides information and analysis pertaining to issues affecting U.S. industry competitiveness

USITC is an independent, quasijudicial Federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade. The agency investigates the effects of dumped and subsidized imports on domestic industries and conducts global safeguard investigations. The Commission also adjudicates cases involving imports that allegedly infringe intellectual property rights.

Commodity Transaction Wizard Cross references SITC or NAIC classification code number into its corresponding HTS item numbers.

The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) is home to America's codemakers and codebreakers. The National Security Agency has provided timely information to U.S. decision makers and military leaders for more than half a century.

The Director of National Intelligence serves as the head of the Intelligence Community, overseeing and directing the implementation of the National Intelligence Program and acting as the principal advisor to the President, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council for intelligence matters related to national security.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff are the senior uniformed leaders in the United States Department of Defense who advise the Secretary of Defense, the Homeland Security Council, the National Security Council and the President on military matters.

Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive combines a unique range of functions: investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents ("the world's largest nongovernmental collection" according to the Los Angeles Times), leading non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information, global advocate of open government, and indexer and publisher of former secrets.  Hosted and maintained by George Washington University.

A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.