POL 1021: World Politics

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Allen, J. L. (2002). Student atlas of world politics. (5th ed.). [Guilford, Conn.] : McGraw Hill/Dushkin. Over 100 color maps and data tables illustrate many aspects of geopolitics. An excellent visual aid to any study of world politics. Ref G1021.A54 2002

Axelrod, A. (2000). American treaties & alliances. Washington, DC: CQ Press. From Congressional Quarterly, this single volume focuses on 747 current and historical treaties to which the U.S. is party. The selection is varied, including treaties relating to war, politics, diplomacy, commerce, human rights, international law, the environment, and other issues. Entries provide pertinent facts, overview, discussion, and in many cases, pieces of text. An appendix lists websites of further interest. Ref KZ 236.3.U5 A93 2000

CIA. World factbook 2007. Washington, D.C. : Central Intelligence Agency : Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O. [distributor]. Profiles over 270 independent states, dependencies, sovereignties, and other entities. Each entry concisely covers nine aspects of the country, and includes many statistics. Current copy is behind the Reference desk. The World Factbook can also be accessed on the internet at http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html Refdk G 122 .U56 2007

Derbyshire, J. & Derbyshire, I. (2000). Encyclopedia of world political systems. Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference. Part I of this two volume work dissects the comparative approach to the study of politics, examining different types of systems, constitutions, legislative bodies, ideologies, elections, parties, and the like. Part II presents entries on the political systems of over 192 countries and entities worldwide, grouped by region.. Ref JF 51 .D465 2000

Gorman, R.F. (2001). Great debates of the United Nations: An encyclopedia of fifty key issues 1945 - 2000. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. Single volume examines fifty of the most important issues debated by the UN throughout its history. Each entry ends with a list of further reading. There is also a glossary, sample Security Council Resolutions, and a discussion of UN structure. Ref KZ 4968 .G67 2001

Leonard, D. (2002). Guide to the European Union. (8th ed.). London: The Economist. Offers an analysis of of EU’s background, organization, and responsibilities, and a section on the special problems which it faces Ref KJE 947 .L46 2002

Minahan, J. (2002). Encyclopedia of stateless nations: ethnic and national groups around the world. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. Four volumes cover over 300 established or emerging groups worldwide, with national history, language, religion, population, homeland, flag and cultural information for each. A useful resource, given the potential of such nations to impact current and future international affairs. Ref D860 . M56 2002

Nolan, C. J. (2002). Greenwood Encyclopedia of International Relations. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Publishing. Four-volume, single author set contains over 6000 entries of varying lengths, drawing on world history, political science and geography, and military studies. Noted for its use of “plain English,” this resource provides readable, valuable background for any international study. Includes maps and suggested reading lists. Ref JZ 1160.N65 2002

Ozmanczyk, E.J., & Mango, A. (Ed.) (2003). Encyclopedia of the United Nations and international agreements. (3rd ed.). New York: Routledge. Four volume set contains close to 6000 entries on all aspects of the UN—its many roles, causes, activities, missions, member states, committees, and more. All international treaties since the UN’s founding are covered, many with near or full text included. A-Z list of articles in first volume is helpful. Any historical or geographical inquiry can be studied here through its UN significance. Ref KZ 4968 .O84 2003

U.S. Department of State. (2004). Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2003 . Washington, DC: U.S. G.P.O. (Vols. I and II) Detailed reports on human rights conditions in the member states of the U.N., and additional countries. Political, worker, child and women’s rights, freedom of religion and the press are considered for each country. Many specific abuse cases are chronicled. Ref KF27. I57 C68 2004

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U.N. Documentation: Research Guide helps users access texts of the organization’s reports, resolutions, meeting records, press releases and more. The Special Topics section at the bottom of the page may be of particular interest.

The NATO Online Library describes and links to many of its own publications, texts, and speeches in many different languages.

The Brookings Institution is an independent, non-profit organization that analyses current and upcoming issues of importance to the nation and the world. Their full-text documents— testimonies, articles, book chapters, policy briefs, etc.-- are searchable and accessible at this site.

Amnesty International is a volunteer organization that watchdogs human rights and political repression matters worldwide. Their annual reports, news articles and other studies are here. Their library is also searchable via geographic region.

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