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A Guide to Countries of the World

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World Trade Organization Homepage of the World Trade Organization, the UN sponsored body which regulates international trade. The site contains news and statistics from the WTO, as well as a defence of its workings and policies and a moderated discussion forum.

Political A search engine with access to over 5,000 politics websites and offering the latest news from around the world. The idea is to provide more useful, targeted search results than those returned by general, non-specific search engines. It is useful for conducting research on particular issues.

BBC News - Country Profiles The BBC's country profiles are a guide to the history, politics and economic background of countries. They also include audio and video clips from the BBC archives.

Resources for Geographers Maintained by the Department of Geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder, this site is an exceptionally wide-ranging online source of information for geographers. Links are offered for search engines, online journals, professional associations, research organizations, map collections, geo-spatial datasets, newsgroups, academic departments, jobs, educational resources, software, and miscellaneous other geography related resources.

Keele Guide to Asian Government and Politics Published by Keele University's School of Politics, this web page presents a comprehensive list of websites relevant to Asian politics.

MapMachine This is the online atlas of the National Geographic Society. It allows you to explore a number of different kinds of map, including historical maps, ecological maps, images of Mars, and satellite views of the Earth.

Amnesty International Annual Report Amnesty International produces an annual report on its work and concerns. The 2004 report documents the human rights situation in 155 countries and territories; it is available online along with reports from previous years.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office This is the website of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK government. Here you can find out about the work and objectives of the FCO, as well as access up-to-date travel advice and detailed regional and country profiles.

FedStats FedStats provides a way of linking to a range of statistical information from US government agencies. You can browse statistics for over 400 topics, or link to statistical programmes and information on geographical areas of the US.

Country Studies - Library of Congress Country Studies is produced by the Federal Research Division of the US Library of Congress. It presents a detailed analysis of social, economic, and political systems of countries around the world; however, it focuses on ‘lesser-known’ areas and does not include most Western nations.

Australian Bureau of Statistics This is the website of Australia's official statistical organization. Here you can follow a quick link to ‘Popular Statistics’, including a ‘population clock’; you can also explore census information or view statistical information by region.

The Index on Africa The Index on Africa is produced by the Norwegian Council for Africa and contains over 2000 links which you can browse by country, subject, or news source. You can also read current news stories in the ‘Africa News Update’ section, as well as browse archived articles.

World Statesmen A database of world rulers since 1700. Includes maps, flags, constitutions and national anthems as well as timelines and other national information.

National Statistics Online National Statistics Online provides official statistical information on the UK's economy, population, and society. You can browse by theme, or explore the fascinating ‘UK at a Glance’ section. There is also a section for analysis of the 2001 Census.

Political parties, interest groups and other movements around the world Hosted by Keele University, this site presents an extensive list of links to websites of political parties and other political organisations worldwide.

World Political Leaders 1945-2001 Biographies of world leaders since 1945 including a pictorial database and links to other sites across the web.

United Nations Cyberschoolbus The United Nations Cyberschoolbus is part of the Global Teaching and Learning Project of the UN, aimed at students of all levels and training teachers. It has a number of excellent resources, including ‘InfoNation’, a database of official statistical information about countries of the world.

CIA - The World Factbook Published by the US Central Intelligence Agency, The World Factbook provides up-to-date profiles of the countries of the world. Each profile includes a map, and there is a section on maps for general reference.

The Economist This is the online editor of The Economist magazine. Some of the articles are restricted to subscribers, but there's still lots to find here, including business and political news stories, and country profiles with forecasts and statistics.

World History Compass This is a truly international resource, with timelines, overviews of the great events, and portraits of major leaders in all nations. It also has a genealogy database to fit family stories into the wider events of world history.

Chatham House Formerly known as the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House works to stimulate debate and research on international issues. On this site you can find out about its current research programmes and conferences; you can also read a featured article from its respected magazine The World Today.

Europa This is the portal site of the European Union. Here you can find all the information made available by the official bodies of the European Union. You can search the site for subjects, institutions, or documents; you can also view statistics, opinion polls, and current news items.

Yale Global Online A publication of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, this online international politics magazine analyses and promotes debate on all aspects of globalization. It publishes both original material and reprints, with brief comment, and important articles from other publications.