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CIA World Factbook Online
Country Profiles
"Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives." Information provided by the BBC News.
Country Studies
Prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress, this site contains studies of over 90 countries. Users may search or browse resources.
From around the world.
Places in the News
Brief information and histories of countries recently featured in the news. From the Library of Congress.
Political Database of the Americas
From Georgetown University, this is a major source of information on elections, political parties, and constitutions in the Americas.

Intergovernmental Organizations
The Commonwealth Member Countries
"The Commonwealth is one of the world's oldest political association of states. Its roots go back to the British Empire when some countries were ruled directly or indirectly by Britain. Some of these countries became self-governing while retaining Britain's monarch as Head of State. They formed the British Commonwealth of Nations. In 1949 the association we know today - The Commonwealth - came into being. Since then, independent countries from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Pacific have joined The Commonwealth."
European Union
"The EU is a unique economic and political partnership between 28 European countries that together cover much of the continent."
International Organizations
Includes links to Selected Intergovernmental Organizations; European Union; United Nations; United Nations Specialized Agencies and Other Related Organizations; and Addresses of Other International Organizations. From the Library of Congress.
United Nations
"The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945."

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United Nations Digital Library
"Explore documents, votes, speeches, public domain publications, and more." From the United Nations.
UN Permanent Observers
"Intergovernmental organizations having received a standing invitation to participate as observers in the sessions and the work of the General Assembly and maintaining permanent offices at Headquarters [and] Intergovernmental organizations ...not maintaining permanent offices at Headquarters". Click/tap in the right column for the specific Permanent Observers. From the
United States Institute of Peace
"The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress to increase the nation's capacity to manage international conflict without violence... [Its mission is] to prevent, mitigate and resolve violent conflicts around the world by engaging directly in conflict zones and providing analysis, education and resources to those working for peace."

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