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.

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.

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Nuclear Issues

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

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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.

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Water

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.

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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.

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Infrastructure

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. 

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Terrorism

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

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Global Future Trends

Research Links on Global Future Trends pulls together forecasts in the fields of conflict, economics, politics, health, technology, energy, environment, and education. The links include futurist organizations involved in envisioning possible scenarios, their implications, and appropriate responses. See also Research Links on International Affairs Indexes and Country Rankings and Center for Preventative Action's Preventative Priorities Survey.

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Iraq Conflict: Islamic State

Iraq Conflict: Islamic State Research Links provide news, analyses, background, U.S. government reports, costs and number of deaths, funding, and more on the current conflict surrounding the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as Islamic State In the Levant, ISIL, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, or Daesh).

See more in Iraq; Terrorist Organizations and Networks

Conflict Prevention Resources

CPA's conflict prevention resources include the Preventive Priorities Survey series, the Global Conflict Tracker, and an index of publicly available watchlists and datasets. The index of watchlists is organized by dependent variable (conflict and instability; governance; respect for human rights; economic fragility) and like the Preventive Priorities Survey, will be updated periodically to reflect the recalibration of existing online lists, the release of new data, and the completion of future Preventive Priorities Surveys.

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Development

Includes news, data, background and history, government and international initiatives, and more resources on issues in development, aid, standards of living, and governance. See Humanitarian Relief Organizations Research Links for finding credible charities for donations and more about aid standards and transparency.

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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; Politics and Strategy; Development