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POSC 397 ---- Fall 2004
The POLITICS of INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS

Dr. Chris Blake
Maury 207 – 568-6344 –
BLAKECH@JMU.EDU
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The Internet can be an excellent source for basic background information, for contemporary news, and for government  documents & quantitative data relevant to the study of the politics of international economic relations. That said, there is also a lot of bad information available on the Internet; please be careful out there...! Use the same rigorous standards that should be applied to printed materials in your evaluation of online information.

On this page, you will find links relevant to cross-national research listed in five major groupings: international political economy, government documents & statistics (both national & international), country & regional background information, contemporary online news, and Latin American affairs.

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INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

bulletGlobal Macroeconomic and Financial Policy Site
bullethttp://www.stern.nyu.edu/globalmacro/
bulletThis interesting website is maintained by Nouriel Roubini at New York University. The left-hand frame provides a clickable list to navigate the page. The site provides a diverse mix of news reporting, academic analysis, governmental analysis (and data), and non-governmental sources.
bulletThe International Political Economy Network
bullethttp://csf.colorado.edu/ipe/
bullet This website is sponsored by the international political economy section of the International Studies Association. It contains a wide variety of links organized by issue and by geographic region. 
bulletWorld Economy
bullethttp://specials.ft.com/worldeconomy2001/FT3TOR6STUC.html
bullet This December 2001 special report from the Financial Times contains stories on a variety of contemporary issues during 2001 and on the politics of these issues in and out of the halls of government.
bulletVirtual Library: International Development Cooperation
bullethttp://www.alcazar.com/vl_idc/
bulletThis clearinghouse site is maintained by Boris Kestler. It contains links to governmental and non-governmental organizations active in international economic issues. The links are organized by type of organization, by issue, by region, and alphabetically.

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GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS and STATISTICS

bulletHere are a few links to official sites of intergovernmental organizations:
bulletINTERNATIONAL AGENCIES and INFORMATION on the WEB
bullethttp://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/intl.html
This site is maintained by the library at the University of Michigan.  It is a searchable site with a detailed, annotated list of web sites for IGOs. This is a very useful links page.
bulletINTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
bullethttp://www.library.nwu.edu/govpub/resource/internat/igo.html
This links page is maintained by the library at Northwestern University. It is (large) single page organized alphabetically by organization. It is similar to the Michigan site, but each contains quite a few different links.  This site is not annotated, but does provide a series of distinct URLs for many organizations.
bulletUnited Nations
bullethttp://www.unsystem.org/
This is the site locator for all web sites maintained by the United Nations and the multitude of organizations in the U.N. system. The site also contains a links page for other international organizations.
bulletInternational Monetary Fund
bullethttp://www.imf.org/
The International Monetary Fund posts online financial data for countries around the world.
bulletWorld Bank
bullethttp://www.worldbank.org/
The World Bank posts online economic and social data for countries around the world.
bulletWorld Intellectual Property Organization
bullethttp://www.wipo.int/
The World Intellectual Property Organization hosts an online library with information on intellectual property rights for countries around the world.
bullet World Trade Organization
bullethttp://www.wto.org/
The World Trade Organization posts online trade data for countries around the world.
bulletHere are a few starter links to official sites of national governments:
bulletThe Great American Web Site
bullethttp://www.uncle-sam.com/
This Internet guide to U.S. government web sites is maintained by Inside Information, a U.S.-based research firm. The full site is organized by government branch but also contains several topically oriented links pages.
bulletFOREIGN GOVERNMENT RESOURCES on the WEB
bullethttp://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/foreign.html
This links page is maintained by the library at the University of Michigan. It is organized first by regions and then by national governments. For each nation-state listed there is a brief discussion of official government web sites.
bulletFOREIGN GOVERNMENTS
bullethttp://www.library.nwu.edu/govpub/resource/internat/foreign.html
This links page is maintained by the library at Northwestern University. It is (large) single page organized alphabetically by nation. It is perhaps more exhaustive for many countries than the above Michigan site, but the links are not annotated and the site is not searchable.

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COUNTRY and REGIONAL BACKGROUND

bulletCIA Publications Page
bullethttp://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/pubs.html
bulletThis page contains links to online access of public domain CIA reporting. The CIA Factbook provides thumbnail physical, economic, & political geographies of every nation-state in the world. This page also contains links to CIA publications providing international economic statistics, lists of current political leaders, high quality maps, and a variety of historical information on the CIA itself. This site is very useful as a preliminary introduction to countries but not very useful beyond that purpose.
bulletU.S. Department of State Background Notes
bullethttp://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/
bulletThe State Department background notes contain some of the basic geographical information provided in the CIA Factbook but also provide short histories of a few international organizations as well as reports on most nation-states. This links page hold links to regions and to IGOs but the regional links take you to links pages for the country notes for each region. If you click on the publications link on the image map at the top of the background notes page, you can access a wide variety of additional State Department reports including such topics as anti-narcotic policy, counterterrorism, economic policy, and human rights.
bulletLibrary of Congress Country Studies
bullethttp://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html
bulletThis page provides access to the online version of the country studies series conducted by the U.S. Library of Congress. Just under 100 countries are currently treated in the site. Each country study has a detailed, hyperlinked table of contents; most of the study is organized chronologically. This is a good site for finding a fairly comprehensive online history of many different countries but is cumbersome to read an entire history and even more burdensome (not to mention wasteful) to print one out. If you want to read the entire country study, go to the library and check it out!
bulletVirtual Library: The International Affairs Network
bullethttp://www.etown.edu/vl/
bulletThis site maintained by Elizabethtown College contains links pages organized by a variety of subject headings as well as an incomplete list of country headings. The area studies and subject links are generally more useful than the country links provided.

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NEWS

bulletYahoo! online newspapers list
bullethttp://www.yahoo.com/News_and_Media/Newspapers/By_Region/Countries/
bulletBack in the hazy past of, say, 1992, people interested in reading foreign newspapers waited 1 to 2 weeks to read foreign daily newspapers -- that is, if the newspapers were available at all either in a nearby library or via a (costly) personal subscription. Now, literally hundreds of daily newspapers around the world are available online before they hit the streets in newsprint. Increasing numbers of online papers provide 24-hour updating of major stories. This site, maintained by Yahoo!, provides a comprehensive list of foreign & domestic newspapers available online. Please take advantage of this resource in following contemporary events in the countries of special interest to you. Many newspapers have internal search engines and/or archives with past online editions.
bulletThe Economist
bullethttp://www.economist.com/
bulletThis is the online site for what many people consider the best international weekly news magazine in the world, the London-based The Economist. Right now, this site provides very limited services to those who are not subscribers but it does have a very useful full-text search engine for issues published in the last few years. You can use this search engine to identify issues to read in printed copies available in the library. If you have a keen interest in world affairs, you should consider going to current periodicals every week and spending some time with The Economist.
bulletCNN's World News Section
bullethttp://edition.cnn.com/WORLD/
bulletThis site maintained by CNN provides coverage of major news stories from around the world. CNN will occasionally publish background reports on major stories.
bulletNew York Times
bullethttp://www.nytimes.com/
bulletThis site is listed here mainly to encourage you to use the printed version rather than the online version. The 365-day, full-text search engine is dynamic, but you need to establish one (free) account to use the site at all and, in turn, a second account to use the search engine.  All past editions of the newspaper, a printed index, and a searchable database are all available in Carrier Library.
bulletThe Washington Post
bullethttp://www.washingtonpost.com/
bulletIn contrast to the New York Times site, this one provides free full-text searches of the past 14 days' editions. The online version of the newspaper is also a little easier to use and much quicker to download. The politics and world online sections provide a host of information on major continuing stories (listed as special reports) as well as links to other online sources of political news. 

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LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

bulletLatin American Network Information Center
bullethttp://info.lanic.utexas.edu/
bulletThis comprehensive site is maintained by the Latin American studies program at the University of Texas at Austin.  It is considered by many to be the best online resource for Latin American studies. The material is organized by subject & there is also a search engine.
bulletOrganization of American States
bullethttp://www.oas.org/
bulletThis site for the Western Hemisphere's primary international organization contains information and analysis on a variety of major regional issues.  Perhaps the most impressive section is the treatment of trade agreements and trade statistics provided by its Foreign Trade Information System.
bulletFree Trade Agreement of the Americas
bullethttp://www.ftaa-alca.org/
bulletThis site contains official documents and reports related to ongoing negotiations aimed at the creation of the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas.
bulletNorth American Free Trade Agreement
bullethttp://www.nafta-sec-alena.org/english/index.htm
bulletThis site contains official documents and reports provided by the Secretariat of the North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States..
bulletEconomic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
bullethttp://www.eclac.org/default.asp?idioma=IN
bulletThis site contains a host of economic data and analysis from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.
bulletInter-American Development Bank
bullethttp://www.iadb.org/
bulletThis site for the region's intergovernmental financial institution also contains a wide variety of economic data and analysis.
bulletLatin American Studies Association
bullethttp://lasa.international.pitt.edu/links.htm
bulletThis brief links page is maintained by the Latin American Studies Association, the international professional association for the study of Latin America. This site itself is not nearly as useful as LANIC but it provides a list of links to major Latin American studies centers as well as a short list of data sources on the region.
bulletPolitical Database of the Americas
bullethttp://www.georgetown.edu/pdba/
bulletThis site maintained by the Latin American Studies program at Georgetown University contains a wide variety of political data and information.  Topics covered include constitutions, electoral procedures and results, and political parties.  A keyword search engine is available on a separate page.
bulletHandbook of Latin American Studies
bullethttp://lcweb2.loc.gov/hlas/
bulletThis online version of the multi-volume handbook (maintained by the U.S. Library of Congress) is a fully searchable, multi-year bibliography of many books and articles published on the region. You can browse by subject or conducted more complex searches as you would in an online library catalog.

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