Research Links

Research links are your way to access the best the Internet has to offer on foreign policy and international relations. The list is kept up to date by staffers from CFR's Library and Research Services Department.


Research Links on gender include news, background, data, organizations, economics, development, conflict, rights and more. 

See more in Global; Women

Messages and Interviews of Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden's messages reached his followers and his opponents through multiple media channels. Research Links aims to provide researchers with a more comprehensive timeline of statements made by bin Laden between 1994 to 2011, as well as additional background information. Updated May 2015 to include Office of the Director of National Intelligence's release of documents found at the compound where Osama Bin Laden was found in Pakistan.

See more in Middle East and North Africa; Terrorist Leaders

International Affairs Indexes and Country Rankings

These rankings include datasets and studies which track the status of a country and compare countries based on different indicators, in the areas of conflict, economics, education, energy, environment, health, human rights, politics, and technology. Critiques of these types of indexes are included, describing why they can be detrimental to development progress and how comparison exercises could be improved.

See more in Global; Global Future Trends; Development

Nuclear Issues

Research Links on Nuclear Issues provide news, data, journals, U.S. government initiatives and documents, international organizations, alliances, and treaties.

See more in Proliferation; Global; Nuclear Energy

Energy and Environment

News, data and reports on environmental and energy security, data, history and background, international agreements, and information on specific resources and issues like climate change and sustainable development.

See more in Global; Energy and Environment

Global Health and Infectious Diseases

Research links for news, current outbreaks, research and data, legislation, conferences, and primary sources focused on global health and organizations involved in addressing infectious diseases (also known as communicable diseases) such as Ebola, polio, MERS and influenza.

See more in Global; Health


Provides background information on water rights and conservation, data on water availability, water issues related to environmental and natural disasters, economics and development, and conflicts, as well as U.S. and intergovernmental agendas and policies for ensuring reliable access to clean water.  March 22 is the United Nations' World Water Day.

See more in Global; Water Security

Comparative Education

How does education in the United States compare to education in other nations? Research links for news, statistics, and reports on comparative education.

See more in United States; Education


Infrastructure spending was among the biggest components of Obama's 2009 stimulus package, but since then sucess has been limited. Obama’s signature high-speed rail project has not been implemented and Congress has blocked most of his other big ideas. Due to the current federal paralysis, at least thirty states have launched serious initiatives to increase transportation-dedicated funding since 2013. CFR's Renewing America infrastructure score card provides more information on the infrastructure and transportation challenges facing the United States. 

See more in United States; Infrastructure


Terrorism Research Links provide news, definitions and history, terrorism organizations and networks, responses to terrorism, resources on 9/11 and more.

See more in Terrorism; Global