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Young Diplomats Program

Guide for participants in Global Ties' Young Diplomats Program, June 2023

Organizations and Websites

Suggested Starting Point

►WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources. Huge directory of international affairs sites and search advice, maintained by a volunteer retired professor of international affairs. A great jumping-off point for your research!


►Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports. Non-partisan service to Congress. Provides background reports on countries, regions, and other topics of interest to lawmakers.

United States Institute of Peace. "National, nonpartisan, independent institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible.

Think Tanks

Academic Influence. Uses AI to generate list of most influential think tanks. Listing includes an indication of political orientation.

Brookings Institution. Provides research related to policies and trends affecting developing countries including global poverty, the global middle class, fragile states, globalization, inequality, foreign assistance and effectiveness of international development efforts.

Council on Foreign Relations. Independent American think tank focusing on policy. Especially helpful:  Teaching Notes

Pew Research Center: International Affairs. Conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, and other data-driven social science research, without taking positions on the issues.

RAND Corporation. Addresses "public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous."

►Think Tank Search. Custom Google search of curated think tanks, provided by the library at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.


Transparency International. Global civil society organization established to fight corruption.

►United Nations iLibrary. Platform for all materials published by the UN. Books, articles, working papers.

UNdata. Brings together 30 United Nations databases and provides a single point of access.

World Bank. Focuses on development. Especially useful to researchers: Research & Publications and Open Data




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