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Foreign Policy

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  • Associations, Organizations, and Institutes
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  • Biographical Resources
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  • Government Resources
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    Foreign Policy:

    Archives, Libraries, and Museums

    Below are archives, libraries, and museums for foreign policy. For additional resources, see History: Archives, Libraries, and Museums. To search for archival materials, use the resources at History: Archival Resources. Back to top

    Foreign Policy:

    Associations, Organizations, and Institutes

    Additional relevant associations, think tanks, organizations, and institutes can be found on NIRA's World Directory of Think Tanks (National Institute for Research Advancement), and History: Associations, Organizations, and Institutes.
    • American Foreign Policy Council
      Non-profit, non-partisan organization that brings information to those who make/influence U.S. foreign policy. Articles, news briefs, etc.

    • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
      Conducts programs of research, discussion, publication, and education in international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. Working papers, news briefs, etc.

    • Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
      One of the largest independent, non-profit international affairs organizations in the United States. Press releases, links to other sites, download American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1999.

    • Council on Foreign Relations
      Non-partisan and non-ideological membership organization and think tank which provides insights into international affairs and develops new ideas for U.S. foreign policy, particularly national security and foreign economic policy.

    • Foreign Policy Association
      National, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental, educational organization founded to educate Americans about significant world issues. Provides impartial publications, programs and forums designed to increase public awareness of international issues. Online discussions, news, maps, links to other sites, etc.

    • The Henry L. Stimson Center
      Independent, non-profit public policy research institution which concentrates on national and international security issues. Reports, transcripts of electronic conferences, links to other sites, etc.

    • Hoover Instition (Stanford University)
      Public policy research center concentrating on domestic and international affairs. Newsletter, weekly essays, links to the library, archives, etc.

    • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
      Participates in the development of cooperative security structures for the whole of Europe. Fact sheets, press archive, speeches, basic texts (treaties, agreements, declarations, etc.), briefings and background information, etc.

    • Rand
      Non-partisan and non-profit public policy research institution. Publications, educational and employment opportunities, etc.

    • SHAFR: Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
      Studies and disseminates knowledge of American foreign relations, and works to improve communication among historians in the field. Newsletter, links to other sites.

    • United Nations
      Committed to preserving peace through international cooperation and collective security. Online publications, press releases and briefings, databases, etc.

    • United States Institute of Peace
      Independent, non-partisan federal institution created and funded by Congress to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict. Webcasts, special reports, library, peace agreements digital collection, links to other sites, etc.
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    Foreign Policy:


    Sometimes you may need some information to get more familiar with your topic. Below are some materials that can provide background on foreign policy topics. Additional resources are listed at History: Background.

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    Foreign Policy:

    Biographical Resources

    See History: Biographical Resources for additional resources.
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    Foreign Policy:


    Below are some databases you can use to find books and articles on topics dealing with foreign policy. For a more complete listing of those relevant to History, see History: Databases and Indexes. If you need help in selecting or using a database or index for your research, please contact the Hunt Library reference desk.

    If full text links for journal articles are not provided, click on to see retrieval options. This is only for journal article citations, and may not be available in all databases. Otherwise, the library catalog or the Find eJournal list to see if materials are available via the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries. If we don't have the books and journal articles you need, you can use Illiad, the interlibrary loan service (usually takes about 7-10 days) or, for books only, EZ Borrow (books get here in about 3-5 days).

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    Foreign Policy:

    Discussion Lists

    For additional resources, see History: Discussion ListsBack to top

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    Government Resources

    • Central Intelligence Agency
      Coordinates the nation's intelligence activities and correlates, evaluates, and disseminates intelligence which affects national security. Speeches, testimony, press releases and statements, maps, World Factbook, etc.

    • Department of Defense
      Provides the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of the United States. News highlights, briefings, reports, images, etc.

    • Department of State
      Includes audio of press briefings, biographical information, press briefings and statements, travel warnings, lists of declassified documents, etc., as well as:
      • Background Notes (U.S. State Department)
        Facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. Older Background notes are also available.
      • International Information Programs
        Text and commentary on policy issues, special reports, statements by the president, remarks, speeches, etc.

    • National Security Agency
      Coordinates, directs, and performs highly specialized activities to protect U.S. information systems and produce foreign intelligence information. Briefings, speeches, press releases, etc.

    • National Security Council
      Advises and assists the President on national security and foreign policies. The Council also serves as the President's principal arm for coordinating these policies among various government agencies. Speeches, documents, etc.

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    Foreign Policy:

    Internet Guides

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    Foreign Policy:


    Below are major journals in foreign policy. Use the library catalog and the eJournals A-Z list to search for other journal titles in the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, or use the databases listed above to find journal articles on particular topics. For additional titles, see History: Journals.
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    History and Policy

    July 2011 --
    Sue Collins, Senior Librarian,