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The U.S. Department of State is the executive branch agency most closely involved with the foreign policy and diplomacy of the USA. Its website is the best place to begin research on American foreign policy. Here you will find links to information about its activities and publications, as well as, those of its subagencies.
From the U.S. State Department for all countries of the world - contains information about the geography, population, economy, and more. Updated on a regular basis as new information becomes available. Older editions are available via an archive link.
Online versions of reference books published between 1988-1998 by the Library of Congress Federal Research division - the Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world
Describes the status of religious freedom in each foreign country, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world
U.S. Foreign Affairs
"The Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions. The series began in 1861 and now comprises more than 400 individual volumes. The FRUS series provides an indispensible resource for American citizens and others around the world who seek to understand U.S. foreign policy and strategic planning, international relations, economic affairs, and transnational social and cultural developments. The Foreign Relations series represents a longstanding effort to inform the public about governmental decision making while also protecting essential national security interests."
Foreign Relations of the United States, 1861-1949. (Library has microfiche to 1949; book holdings 1933 – 1976. Because of the "thirty year closure" rule, scattered volumes have appeared for events after 1957. No volume was issued for 1869.) Includes communications both to and from foreign government and their representatives in foreign countries with officials in the Department of State. Volumes published prior to 1925 do not usually contain documentation relating to the negotiation of treaties. As correspondence relating to a particular year may be withheld for the time being and appear in a later volume, it is advisable to consult the subsequent volumes in the series. First volume of microfiche set includes general index to all 56 volumes by country. Supplements in microfiche include Lansing Papers; material on Japan, China, and the Soviet Union from the 1930’s and 1940’s; and Current Economic Developments, 1945-54 (which is indexed in paper).
Presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. Contains documents from Presential libraries, Departments of State and Defense, National Security Council, Central Intelligence Agency, Agency for International Development, and other foreign affairs agencies, as well as the private papers of individuals involved in formulating U.S. foreign policy. Produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian since 1861.
Internationally recognized education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen understanding and relations between the United States and the countries of the Asia Pacific region
The two congressional committees most involved with U.S. foreign policy are The House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs (known as the Committee on International Relations from 1995 until 2007) and The Senate Committee on Foreign Policy. Each of these committees issues hearings, committee prints, and miscellaneous publications dealing with foreign policy.
This committee oversees the U.S. government’s foreign policy agencies, such as the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Peace Corps. It also reviews and debates all diplomatic nominations, international treaties, and U.S. foreign policy legislation.
Submitted annually by the U.S. Department of State to the U.S. Congress, the reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Describes the status of religious freedom in each foreign country, and government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world.