REGIONAL STRATEGIC APPRAISALS
compiled by Jacqueline S. Bey
September 1999
 
The following publications, Internet Web sites, and electronic databases are selected sources of information for research on individual countries, regions and specific topics related to US Army War College curriculum studies. They are available in the Research and Information Services Branch of the Library.
 
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 provide a yearly overview of political, economic and security developments in the Pacific Basin. It also includes analysis of the foreign policy of the United States towards these countries.

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

Written by the US Department of State to provide profiles of countries, their land, people, history, government, political conditions, foreign relations and economy. This information is also available on the Internet at <http://www.state.gov/www/background_notes/index.html>.

EUROPA PUBLICATIONS LIMITED

Offers authoritative, detailed information on economic and political developments in countries and regions.

AFRICA SOUTH OF THE SAHARA (DT352 A3)
EASTERN EUROPE AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES
(DJK50 E28)
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)

EXEGY: SOURCE FOR CURRENT WORLD INFORMATION (CD-ROM UNIT 1)

Offers electronic access to encyclopedic information on international events, facts and figures, biographies, organizations, documents, and maps. Updated bi-monthly.

STATISTICAL ABSTRACT OF THE WORLD (HA154 S82)

Contains comprehensive data on international social, economic and political topics on 186 countries. It also includes information on demographic subjects, government and defense, science and technology, and labor.

WORLD TODAY SERIES

Published annually for information about individual countries, including their history, economy, culture and future, as well as 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)
RUSSIA, EURASIAN STATES AND EASTERN EUROPE (DK266 S447)
WESTERN EUROPE (D967 .W47)
 

MILITARY
 
BRASSEY'S DEFENCE YEARBOOK (U10 R9)

Edited by The Centre for Defence Studies, this annual provides analyses of British, European and international defense issues
 

DEFENSE & FOREIGN AFFAIRS HANDBOOK (UA10 D3)

Covers information on more than 230 countries for basic political, economic and defense data. The defense data include structure, personnel, military order of battle, defense production, statistics, and defense manufacturers and suppliers.

FOREIGN MILITARY MARKETS

Published by Forecast International/DMS to provide information useful for international market assessment. The reports by country include information relating to industry, government, military organizations, military posture, budget, arms trade, force structure, manufacturing capability and security assistance.

ASIA, AUSTRALIA & PACIFIC RIM (UA11 F674a)
LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN (UA11 F674L)
MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA (UA11 D38F61M)
NATO & EUROPE (UA11 D38F61N)

JANE'S SENTINEL

Provides regional security assessments on political, economic and cultural issues; order of battle, defense industry, perceived threats, and capabilities of a country or region. Monthly updates provide news and analysis of developments from the regions.

THE BALKANS (UA820 J33)
CENTRAL AFRICA (UA855.7 J36)
CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (UA606 J351)
CENTRAL EUROPE AND THE BALTIC STATES (UA646.53 J35)
CHINA AND NORTHEAST ASIA (UA835 J36)
EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (UA832 J31)
THE GULF STATES (UA832 J33)
NORTH AFRICA (UA855.4 J35)
RUSSIA AND THE CIS (UA770 J331)
SOUTH AMERICA (UA612 J36)
SOUTH ASIA (UA840 J36)
SOUTH CHINA SEAS (UA853 J33)
SOUTHEAST ASIA (UA853 J331)
SOUTHERN AFRICA (UA856.3 J361)
 

MILITARY BALANCE (UA15 I5)

Produced annually by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) to provide quantitative assessment of the military power and defense expenditures of individual countries. This reference 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 defense, strategic and political assessments of world regions.
 

POLITICS
 
POLITICAL HANDBOOK OF THE WORLD (JF37 P6)

Presents basic political, demographic, and economic facts about nations, dependent territories and major intergovernmental organizations.

POLITICAL RISK YEARBOOK (HD2755.5 P66)

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

ASIA & THE PACIFIC
EUROPE: COUNTRIES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
EUROPE: OUTSIDE THE EUROPEAN UNION
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 YEAR-BOOK (JA51 S75)

Offers concise descriptive and statistical information about the world's governments.

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
 
THE ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS REPORT

Published by World of Information as an annual review of country profiles, key indicators, currencies, 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.

WORLD OUTLOOK (HB3730 E25)

Provides annual forecasts of political and economic trends for more than 180 countries.
 

INTERNET SITES
 
AFRICAN STUDIES WWW (University of Pennsylvania)

Offers links to information and resources relating to African political, economic, and social systems. Also provides access to the University's African Studies Web site. <http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/z/AS.html>

ARABNET

Offers information about countries of the Middle East and North Africa. News and commercial and cultural information are presented in concise articles, with links to numerous other sites through "Magic Carpet." <http://www.arab.net>

ASIAN STUDIES WWW VIRTUAL LIBRARY (Australian National University)

Provides access to scholarly documents, resources and information systems pertaining to social sciences research on Asia.. <http://coombs.anu.edu.au/WWWVL-AsianStudies.html>
 
 

CENTRAL EUROPE ONLINE

Offers information from three electronic newspapers: CENTRAL EUROPE ONLINE (CEO), RUSSIA TODAY, and INSIDE CHINA TODAY, as part of the European Internet Network. Daily coverage is regional in scope and emphasizes political and business news. <http://www.centraleurope.com/>

MIDDLE EAST NETWORK INFORMATION CENTER (University of Texas - Austin)

Provides access to resources for Middle Eastern studies. Subjects covered include regional information, government and politics, cultures and groups, business, finance, and religion. <http://menic.utexas.edu/mes.html>

THE WORLD FACTBOOK (G72 W67)

Provides access to unclassified data compiled by the CIA on nations of the world. Coverage includes general information, and information about economies, communications and defense forces. <http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html>.

WWW VIRTUAL LIBRARY: LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES (University of Texas Austin)

Offers access to academic databases and information services on and from Latin America and the Caribbean. <http://lanic.utexas.edu/las.html>
 

PERIODICALS AND ELECTRONIC DATABASES
 
The US Army War College Library publication, LIBRARY PERIODICALS, includes a "Subject Index" of titles for specific areas or topics. Another library publication, PERIODICAL ARTICLES FOR CURRENT AWARENESS, selectively indexes current military periodicals by
subject. Journal and newspaper articles may also be identified through various indexes and electronic databases located in the Reading Room. Recommended print and electronic resources include:

ABC POL SCI
AIR UNIVERSITY LIBRARY INDEX TO MILITARY PERIODICALS (AULIMP)
(online database, and CD-ROM also available)
COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS ONLINE (CIAO)
INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE ABSTRACTS
LEXIS-NEXIS (online database)
PAIS INTERNATIONAL IN PRINT (CD-ROM also available)
PROQUEST DIRECT (online database and CD-ROM available)

For additional information, please contact the U.S. Army War College Library by sending an e-mail message to LibraryR@awc.carlisle.army.mil or phoning DSN 242-4260/Commercial (717) 245-4260.