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POLI 192: Seminar in Comparative Politics

Good Sources for Country Information

In addition to the options listed below, librarian Gail Gradowski developed a How to Find Country Information guide covering a wide range of resources. The "A Few Especially Delightful Resources" section looks particularly interesting.

SCU Databases

Other Good Sources

U.S. Department of State
Click on the menu icon in the upper left corner. Choose one of the options and then go to search on the right side of the page. A bit awkward, but it does work. Here are a couple of specific sites that might be of interest.

  • Advancing Freedom and Democracy
    Annual report submitted to Congress on "...U.S. efforts to promote democracy and human rights in nondemocratic countries and countries undergoing democratic transitions worldwide." (P. L. 110-53) Links to the four most recent reports are here.
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (AID)
    This is the main web page for AID. You will find links here to reports, news, financials. 

ACE Project
ACE provides you with a variety of up-to-date election-related information and documentation on over 200 countries and territories. 

BBC News Country Profiles
Succinct, and largely very current, profiles of countries of the world. Added bonus is the inclusion of some audio and video clips from the BBC.

CIA World Factbook​
Provides current summary statistics. Clicking on the link here will take you to the latest edition. Start with the pulldown menu of countries.

International Crisis Group
"The International Crisis Group is an independent organisation working to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful world."