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White Paper Pathfinder
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Subscription Databases
Government Websites
News Media

The white paper is one of the major research projects in the U.S. government course. It involves researching a particular foreign policy "crisis" and making recommendations to the "President" about what policy the administration should follow. There is a component of the project which requires understanding both sides of the issue so the best options can be presented.

The outline of research steps to be followed can be reviewed on the library's "Quick Research Guide."

In general, the research for this project will involve getting background information on the particular crisis from several sources.

Subscription Databases

CountryWatch -- http://www.countrywatch.com
CountryWatch provides information on most of the countries of the world. Choose a country by entering its name in the box at the top right of the home page or selecting a country from the pull-down menu on the page. Each contry has a 150-200 page report which you can read by specific part or printed out in its entirety. Information is provided on: general, political, economic, investment, social, and environmental aspects of the country. To see the entire report go to "Country PDF download" at the bottom of the left column. Besides the report there is also a newsfeed to the CountryWatch site (CountryWire) which provides up-to-the-minute news about that particular country. Log in to CoutryWatch using the standard user name and password.
Columbia International Affairs Online -- http://www.ciaonet.org/
CIAO "is the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 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."
Questia -- http://www.questia.com/
Questia's strength is a huge database of full-text books, as well as thousands of articles from magazines a, journals and newspapers. Check out also the special features which include research topics and subject categories. All materials are searchable by subject heading and browseable by keyword. See library staff for user name and password.
Ebsco Article Databases -- http://search.epnet.com
Redwood's general magazine and newspaper database will have a wealth of information on current conflicts. Uses the standard Redwood user name and password.

Government-Sponsored Websites

There are several good online databases of information provided by U.S. government departments and agencies as well as the United Nations. More information on these sites will be found on the library's Geographical Resources page. They include Department of State Background Notes, the Library of Congress Country Studies and Portals to the World, the CIA World Factbook, and the U.S. Agency for International Development's USAID Regions & Countries page.
The United Nations English language home page is found here.

News Media Websites

BBC News: Country Profiles -- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/country_profiles/default.stm
Economist: Country Briefings -- http://www.economist.com/countries/
CNN: World -- http://edition.cnn.com/WORLD/

Thinks Tanks, Organizations, Etc.

Political Science Resources: Think Tanks -- http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/psthink.html
From the Universtiy of Michigan Library Documents Center, this is a comprehensive list of think thanks which cover all shades of the political spectrum. There are links to other lists of thinks tanks as well as links to individual organizations.
International Affairs Resources: Research Institutes -- http://www2.etown.edu/vl/research.html
Another list is part of the World Wide Web Virtual Library. This is a list of links to specific international affairs research institutes..
Council on Foreign Relations -- http://www.cfr.org/
This organization "is dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas [to help] policymakers, journalists, students, and citizens understand foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments." The site features publications organized by region or issue (such as homeland security, human rights, environment, and terrorism), background on specific topics (such as on foreign ownership of U.S. infrastructure), and links to primary source documents and to related sites. CFR publishes the journal Foreign Affairs which is available though the library's Ebsco database.
Amnesty International Library -- http://web.amnesty.org/library/engindex
The Amnesty International library contains an archive of most reports, news releases and urgent actions published from 1996 to date.
International Crisis Group -- http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm
The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, with over 110 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.
Foreign Policy in Focus -- http://www.fpif.org/
A project of the progressive International Relations Center, FPIF provides timely analysis of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs and recommends policy alternatives.
Foreign Policy in Focus -- http://www.fpif.org/
A project of the progressive International Relations Center, FPIF provides timely analysis of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs and recommends policy alternatives.

Other Websites

Political Resources on the Net -- http://www.politicalresources.net/
Try this site for links to political parties and information in many of the countries of the world.
New and Recent Conflicts of the World -- http://www.historyguy.com/new_and_recent_conflicts.html
Roger A. Lee, aka "The History Guy," maintains this page which keeps track of conflicts since 1998. Updated irregularly with some links provided to news stories of the conflicts he mentions.
INCORE Internet Country Guides -- http://www.incore.ulst.ac.uk/services/cds/countries/index.html
INCORE (International Conflict research) is a joint project of the United Nations University and the University of Ulster. Its Country Guides provide links to Internet resources on conflicts in various countries around the world.
Flashpoints: Guide to World Conflicts -- http://www.flashpoints.info/
Flashpoints strives to provide the information needed to make informed judgements about the nature of specific violent political conflicts, the aspirations of the adversaries and the prospects for intervention or resolution.
Yahoo Directory of Regional Conflict Sites -- http://dir.yahoo.com/Government/Politics/Regional_Conflicts/
General links are provided as well as directories to such hot spots as: Bougainville (Papua New Guinea) ; Chechnya (Russia) ; Colombia; Darfur (Sudan); East Timor; Eritrea/Ethiopia; Basque Country (Spain/France) ; Abkhzia (Georgia) ; Israel/Palestine; Jammu and Kashmir (India/Pakistan); Khalistan (India); Kosovo (Serbia) Nagoro-Karabakh (Azerbijan) ; Northern Ireland; Sierra Leone; Southern Philippines; Sri Lanka; and Tibet (China).