Links to Databases

Databases: Comprehensive Sites

Governance: Recommended sites for data on countries around the world

The Macro Data Guide

Governance and Institutional Quality Resources, Electronic Data Center, Emory University

International Studies Online

Indicators of Governance and Institutional Quality

"Measures of Democracy, Governance and Rule of Law: An Overview of Cross-National Data Sets," by Gerardo L. Munck

Political Science Resources: International Relations (http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/psintl.html)

Organization: University of Michigan
Countries Covered: Varies
Years Covered: Varies
General Description: Links to multiple databases includinguniversity research, decolonization, democratization, foreign news, freedom,human rights, international news feeds, international organizations,intelligence, peace and conflict, periodicals, simulations, terrorism,think tanks, treaties, and US foreign policy. Each subcategory directsyou to a link and a general description of each sublink.

The WWW Virtual Library: International AffairsResources (http://www2.etown.edu/vl/index.html)

Organization: Elizabethtown College
Countries Covered: Varies
Years Covered: Varies
General Description: Divides sections by area studies,maps, news, US and international government agencies, peace, and thinktanks


Foreign Affairs Online (http://people.virginia.edu/~rjb3v/rjb.html)

Organization: University of Virginia
Countries Covered: Varies
Years Covered: Varies
General Description: Comprehensive annotated guideto foreign relations from a US perspective, general reference sources,US foreign IGO and NGO websites, one of the best lists of UN relatedorganizations, history and focus of international relations think tanks.

United Nations and Decolonization (http://www.un.org/Depts/dpi/decolonization/main.htm)

Organization: United Nations
Countries Covered: Colonies
Years Covered: 1945-1999
General Description: Documents the UN efforts withhistory, original sources, and a description of the Trusteeship Council.  Reportson the economic, social and political status of the 17 remaining colonies,including American Samoa, Guam, and the US Virgin islands.  Includesmaps of the world.

Governance Data Sets and Indicators (http://www.worldbank.org/wbi/governance/govdatasets/external.html)

Organization: World Bank
Countries Covered: All
Years Covered: Varies
General Description: Extensive list of global and regionaldata sets with their corresponding web sites.  Includes emergingmarket access, corruption, election process, environment, women’srights. 

Index of Economic Freedom (http://www.heritage.org/index/)

Organization: Heritage Foundation
Countries Covered: Varies
Years Covered: Varies
General Description: Ranks over 160 countries on economicfreedom.  Factors include trade and price regulation, taxes, banking,and wages.  Includes explanatory text. 

World Audit (http://www.worldaudit.org/democracy.htm)

Organization: World Audit
Countries Covered: All
Years Covered: Unknown
General Description: Ranks countries on overall democracyand on individual measure (political rights, civil liberties press freedom,and corruption)

Annual report on International Religious Freedom (http://www.state.gov/g/drl/irf/rpt/)

Organization: State Department
Countries Covered: All
Years Covered: 1999-2006
General Description: Extensive country reports on religiousrights, includes percent of religious adherents, outbreaks of violence,and government laws protecting religious freedom.

Crosspoint Anti Racism (http://www.magenta.nl/crosspoint/)

Organization: Magenta Foundation
Countries Covered: All
Years Covered: Varies
General Description: Annotated links to 1500 organizationsfighting racism around the world arranged by country and subject.

European Centre for Minority Issues (http://www.ecmi.de/)

Organization: ECMI
Countries Covered: Europe
Years Covered: Varies
General Description: Summaries and some full text ofreports and working papers. Studies on minorities in individual Europeancountries.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Pages/WelcomePage.aspx)

Organization: OHCHR
Countries Covered: Varies on issue
Years Covered: Varies
General Description: human rights protocols and treaties,documents of the Commission on Human Rights and its related bodies, reportsby the UN and some decisions on human rights implementation in variouscountries

Not Part of My Sentence (http://www.amnestyusa.org/)

Organization: Amnesty USA
Countries Covered: US
Years Covered: 1995-2006
General Description: report on violations of women’srights in US prisons, stories and recommendations on restraint, medicalcare, sexual abuse, affect on children, fact sheets on women in prisonsand a comparison of state laws.

Press Freedom Database (http://www.amnestyusa.org/countries/usa/document.do?id=D0F5C2222D1AABEA8025690000692FC4)

Organization: Committee to protect Journalists
Countries Covered: All
Years Covered: Varies
General Description: Approximately 2000 short reportson harassment of journalists worldwide, reports include name, country,harasser, and type, searchable by data, country, region, news organization

United Nations High commissioner for Refugees (http://www.unhcr.ch/)

Organization: UN Refugee Agency
Countries Covered: All
Years Covered: Varies
General Description: “Refworld” is an extensive,searchable data base of UN, legal, treaty and statistical informationon refugees.  Also includes country reports with descriptive texton the status of refuges by country as well as statistics.  Includesinformation about the UNCHR and its publications, new releases, and documentaries.

Stratfor (http://www.stratfor.com/)

Organization: Strategic Forecasting
Countries Covered: Varies
Years Covered: 1997-Current
General Description: Private intelligence agency withweekly, quarterly an annual reports on strategic and economic intelligencearound the world

US Intelligence Community (http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/lehman/guides/intell.html)

Organization: Columbia University
Countries Covered: US
Years Covered: Varies
General Description: Chart describing relationshipof US intelligence agencies, annotated bibliography and web links toinformation on the IA, DIA, NSC, NSA, FBI, Energy Department and StateDepartment.  Includes histories, intelligence reform, bibliographies,classified and declassified documents and periodical articles.

International Policy Institute for Counterterrorism (http://www.ict.org.il/)

Organization: Institute for Counter-Terrorism
Countries Covered: Varies
Years Covered: 1963-Current
General Description: features database of terroristincidents since 1990, searchable by date, country, type of target andnumber of casualties, documents and articles from countries sponsoringterrorism, includes international treaties since 1963 and UN resolutionssince 1985 on the subject of counterterrorism.

Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (http://wits.nctc.gov/)

Organization: National counterterrorism Tracking Center
Countries Covered: All
Years Covered: 2004-Current
General Description: Search by keyword, region, and/ordate to obtain a brief description of terrorist incidents around theworld. Data includes fatalities, injuries, and hostages, interactivemap also available.

The World Factbook (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/)

Organization: CIA
Countries Covered: All
Years Covered: Unknown-Current
General Description: Includes an appendix to abbreviation,international organizations and groups, selected international environmentalagreements, cross-reference list of hydrographic data codes, cross-referencelist of geographic names, weights and measures, reference maps, a guidethrough country profiles, a guide to rank order pages (data fields-extensivestatistical information), and flags of the world.

A Resource of the Asia Society (http://asiasource.org/)

Organization: Asia Society
Countries Covered: Depends on the subject searched;focuses on countries within the eastern hemisphere.
Years Covered: Unknown
General Description: Covers arts and culture, businessand economics, policy and government and social issues within countriesfound in the eastern hemisphere.
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CSGR Globalisation Index (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/csgr/index/)

Organization: Unknown
Countries Covered: All
Years Covered: 1982-2004
General Description: This web site allows you to downloadand find out more about the CSGR globalization Index. The Index measuresthe economic, social and political dimensions of globalization for manycountries on an annual basis over the period 1982 to 2001, and combinesthese into an overall globalization index, or score, for each of thesecountries during this time period. These indices are also available byregion of the world (as defined by the World Bank). The index (and theeconomic, social, and political sub-indices) are constructed  soas to be consistent both over time and across countries. The same variablesare used to calculate the index in every year and for every country,and the variables are normalized so as to be comparable across time andcountries. So, the index enables them to address questions such as: isa particular country more globalized than in was twenty or thirty yearsago? Which were the most and lest globalized countries of the last decade?And the decade before that/ and before that? Also, this comparabilityallows us to investigate in depth the relationship between globalizationand key economic variables such as economic growth, inequality, and governmentspending. Some of our findings about these links are already on the website,and more will be added as time goes by.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) (http://ciaonet.org)

Organization: Columbia University Press
Countries Covered: All
Years Covered: 1991- Current
General Description: Columbia International AffairsOnline (CIAO) is the most comprehensive source for theory and researchin international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes,occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects,proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.

Global Policy Forum (http://www.globalpolicy.org/)

Organization: Global Policy Forum
Countries Covered: UN
Years Covered: Unknown
General Description: Global Policy Forum’s missionis to monitor policy making at the United Nations, promote accountabilityof global decisions, educate and mobilize for global citizen participation,and advocate on vital issues of international peace and justice. GPFresponds to a globalizing world, where officials, diplomats and corporateleaders take important policy decisions affecting all humanity, withlittle democratic oversight and accountability. GPF addresses this democraticdeficit by monitoring the policy process, informing the public, analyzingthe issues, and urging citizen action. GPF focuses on the United Nations – themost inclusive international institution, offering the best hope fora humane and sustainable future.

The Global Site (http://www.theglobalsite.ac.uk/)

Organization: The Global Site
Countries Covered: All
Years Covered: Unknown
General Description: The global site has been founded,therefore, to address five challenges to our understanding that thesedevelopments raise for the social sciences: new interrelations of political,economic and cultural power, new interrelations of national and internationalforms, new media impacts on culture and society, new conditions for emancipatesocial and political theory and method, and new conditions for agencyin a more global world.

Greenpeace (http://www.greenpeace.org/)

Organization: Greenpeace
Countries Covered: It will automatically pull you upto the country you are in
Years Covered: 1971- Current
General Description: They fight to save the planethas grown more serious – the threat of global warming, destructionof ancient forests, deterioration of our oceans, and the threat of anuclear disaster loom large. Greenpeace is actively working to addressthese and other threats.

Political Science Resources: International Relations (http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/psintl.html)

Organization: University of Michigan
Countries Covered: Varies
Years Covered: Varies
General Description: Links to multiple databases includinguniversity research, decolonization, democratization, foreign news, freedom,human rights, international news feeds, international organizations,intelligence, peace and conflict, periodicals, simulations, terrorism,think tanks, treaties, and US foreign policy. Each subcategory directsyou to a link and a general description of each sublink.

World Trade Organization (http://www.wto.org/)

Organization: WTO
Countries Covered: Varies
Years Covered: 1995-Current
General Description: Deals with rules of trade betweennations.

International Crisis Group (http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm)

Organization: Crisis Group
Countries Covered: All
Years Covered: Varies
General Description: An analytical reports containingpractical recommendations targeted at key international decision-takers.Crisis Group also publishes CrisisWatch, a twelve-page monthlybulletin, providing a succinct regular update on the state of play inall the most significant situations of conflict or potential conflictaround the world.

MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base (http://www.mitp.org/)

Organization: TKB
Countries Covered: 1975-Current
Years Covered: Varies
General Description: One-stop resource for comprehensiveresearch and analysis on global terrorist incidents, terrorism-relatedcourt cases, and terrorist groups and leaders. TKB covers the history,affiliations, locations, and tactics of terrorist groups operating acrossthe world, with over 35 years of terrorism incident data and hundredsof group and leader profiles and trials. TKB also features interactivemaps, statistical summaries, and analytical tools that can create customgraphs and tables.

History of International Migration (http://www.let.leidenuniv.nl/history/migration/)

Organization: Leiden University
Countries Covered: Europe
Years Covered: 1500-Current
General Description: Help researchers and studentswho want to study European migration movements by providing them witha kind of framework and with documents and information about sourceson migration.