REGIONAL STRATEGIC APPRAISALS

compiled by Jacqueline S. Bey

September 2002



This bibliography was compiled to provide selected sources of information for U.S. Army War College (USAWC) Regional Strategic Appraisals (RSA) research. The items listed are available in the Research and Information Services Branch of the Library. When available on the Internet, a link to the website is provided.
 
 

GENERAL

ASIA YEARBOOK (HC412 F3)

Provides a comprehensive survey of significant political and economic events for more than thirty Asian countries or territories within the region. It also covers areas of regional and national significance such as military power, trade, energy and commodities.

ASIAN SECURITY (JX1903 A66)

Compiled by the Research Institute for Peace and Security to present an overview of political, economic and security developments in the Pacific Basin. It also includes analysis of United States foreign policy for countries in that region.

BACKGROUND NOTES ON THE COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD (D16.25 U5)

Compiled from U.S. Department of State’s regional bureau reports to provide detailed information about a country’s people, history, government, political conditions, economy, foreign relations, U.S. relations, travel, and business. This information is also available on the Internet at http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/.

EUROPA PUBLICATIONS LIMITED

Offer analytical articles on issues of regional importance. Also included are individual country surveys detailing physical and social geography, political and economic affairs, and demographic and economic statistics.

   AFRICA SOUTH OF THE SAHARA (DT352 A3)

   CENTRAL AND SOUTH-EASTERN EUROPE (DJK50 E281)

   EASTERN EUROPE, RUSSIA AND CENTRAL ASIA (DJK50 E282)

   EUROPA WORLD YEAR BOOK (JN1 E81)

   FAR EAST AND AUSTRALASIA (DS518.1 F3)

   MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA (DS49 M5)

   SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN    (F1408   S68)

   WESTERN EUROPE (D1051 W47)

   STATISTICAL ABSTRACT OF THE WORLD (HA154 S82)

Profiles 186 countries for data on topics such as demographics, healthcare, education, government and law, science and technology, and economics. Available in print format only.

WORLD TODAY SERIES

Published annually for information about individual countries, including their history, culture, political system, foreign policy, defense policy, economy, and overviews of regional concerns:

   AFRICA (DT1 D6)

   CANADA (F1001 C34)

   EAST, SOUTHEAST ASIA AND THE WESTERN PACIFIC (DS518.1 H51)

   LATIN AMERICA (F1408 C69)

   MIDDLE EAST AND SOUTH ASIA (DS44 C55)

   NORDIC, CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE (JN7042 T35)

   RUSSIA AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES (DK266 S4471)

   WESTERN EUROPE (D967 W47)
 
 

MILITARY

BRASSEY’S DEFENCE YEARBOOK (U10 R9)

Edited by The Centre for Defence Studies to provide information about British and European security, complex emergencies, arms control, and security sector reform.

DEFENSE & FOREIGN AFFAIRS HANDBOOK (UA10 D3)

Covers 245 countries and territories for political and constitutional data; defense structure, budgets, manpower, and battle orders for all military services; treaties; key embassies; major intelligence services; and insurgency groups.

JANE’S SENTINEL

Consists of regional security assessments covering nations’ political, economic, and military developments; detailed analyses of internal and external threats; and overviews of armed forces, security and foreign forces. Security Assessments are also accessible via Jane’s Geopolitical Library online database at http://online.janes.com/.

   THE BALKANS (UA820 J3311)

   CENTRAL AFRICA (UA855.7 J36)

   CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (UA606 J3521)

   CENTRAL EUROPE AND THE BALTIC STATES (UA646.53 J351)

   CHINA AND NORTHEAST ASIA (UA835 J3611)

   EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (UA832 J31)

   THE GULF STATES (UA832 J3321)

   NORTH AFRICA (UA855.4 J3521)

   RUSSIA AND THE CIS (UA770 J3311)

   SOUTH AMERICA (UA612 J361)

   SOUTH ASIA (UA840 J361)

   SOUTHEAST ASIA (UA853 J3311)

   SOUTHERN AFRICA (UA856.3 J3611)
 
 

MILITARY BALANCE (UA15 I5)

Published annually by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) to provide quantitative assessment of the military power and defense expenditures of individual countries. This handbook is generally considered to be the best of its kind.

STRATEGIC SURVEY (UA15 I51)

Produced by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), this reference work offers current strategic, political, and defense assessments of world regions.
 
 

POLITICS


 
 

POLITICAL HANDBOOK OF THE WORLD (JF37 P6)

Published annually to update political developments and economic facts about nations, dependent territories and major intergovernmental organizations such as NATO, OPEC, and UN affiliates.

POLITICAL RISK YEARBOOK (HD2755.5 P66)

Provides 18-month and five-year political and economic forecasts for individual countries contained within each regional volume. Regions included are:

   CENTRAL & SOUTH ASIA

   EAST ASIA & THE PACIFIC

   EAST EUROPE

   WEST EUROPE

   MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

   NORTH & CENTRAL AMERICA

   SOUTH AMERICA

   SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
 
 

SIPRI YEARBOOK (JX1974 S775)

Reviews recent regional and worldwide developments in weapons, military spending, international arms trade and other issues related to armaments, disarmament and international security.

STATESMAN’S YEARBOOK (JA51 S75)

Offers descriptive and statistical information on the world’s politics, cultures, and economies. It also includes social institutions, environmental data, and key historical events.

TREATIES AND ALLIANCES OF THE WORLD (JX4005 T743)

Identifies, in a one-volume guide, major treaties and alliances currently in force.

WORLD MILITARY AND SOCIAL EXPENDITURES (UA17 S59)

Provides an annual account of the use of world resources for social and military purposes.



ECONOMICS

COUNTRY BY COUNTRY (HB3730 E251)

Continues World Outlook for annual forecasts of the political and economic prospects of more than 180 countries.

THE ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS REPORT

Published by World of Information as an annual review of country profiles, key indicators, currencies, business directories, and other economic and business data:

   AFRICA REVIEW (DT1 A24)

  AMERICA’S REVIEW (F1404 L294)

   ASIA & PACIFIC REVIEW (DS1 A751)

   EUROPE REVIEW (HC240 E77)

   MIDDLE EAST REVIEW (DS44 M452)

   HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC STATISTICS (HC59 U555)

Published annually by the CIA to provide basic worldwide statistics on the economic performance of major countries and regions. The 1998 edition can be accessed online at http://www.cia.gov/cia/di/products/hies/.
 
 

ONLINE DATABASES

Full-text journal and newspaper articles, reports, working papers, and related publications can be accessed by searching various online databases in the library’s Reading Room or via our website at http://cbnet/orgs/library/mainintra.htm#electronic. Recommended databases include:
COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS ONLINE (CIAO) http://www.ciaonet.org/

Includes working papers from university research institutes, conference proceedings, occasional papers series from NGOs, policy briefs, and research project information. It is a comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs.

COUNTRYWATCH.COM   http://www.countrywatch.com/

Offers political, economic, historical, cultural, environmental, and business information for all 191 countries of the world.

FACTS.COM  http://www.2facts.com/stories/fr-m-details.htm

Offers current facts, statistics, country profiles, maps, editorial opinion, news art, photos, and historic documents connected to the story.

JANE’S GEOPOLITICAL LIBRARY  http://online.janes.com/

Accesses 37 titles including all 14 Jane’s Sentinel Security Assessments and Jane’s Defence Magazine Library.

STRATFOR.COM  http://www.stratfor.com/

Provides global political, social, and economic data for intelligence analysis and forecasting. Also includes discussion forums.

UNITED NATIONS TREATY COLLECTION  http://untreaty.un.org/

Offers access to more than 34,000 treaties deposited with the UN Secretary-General as well as the Status of Multilateral Treaties and Recently Deposited Multilateral Treaties.

UNITED NATIONS STATISTICS DIVISION http://unstats.un.org/unsd/default.htm

Compiles statistics from numerous international sources to produce global updates, including the Statistical Yearbook, World Statistics Pocketbook, and yearbooks in specialized fields of statistics.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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