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Political Sciences

This guide is designed to acquaint students in POL courses and majors in Political Science with basic information resources, concepts and research strategies used by professionals in the field.

International Politics - Issue Areas

International Relations

International relations theory

Transformation and change

International Political Science 21st century

International relations Regional aspects

Sample full text sources

Barkin, J. Samuel, ed. The Social Construction of State Power: Applying Realist Constructivism.
     Bristol: Bristol University Press, 2020.

Cohen-Tanugi, Laurent. The Shape of the World to Come: Charting the Geopolitics of a New Century.
      New York: Columbia University Press, 2008

Hitchcock, William I., ed. Shaper Nations: Strategies for a Changing World.
     Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2016.

Weatherbee, Donald E. International Relations in Southeast Asia: The Struggle for Autonomy.
     Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

Reference and Concepts

Bruneau, Thomas C. The Routledge Handbook of Civil-Military Relations.
     Hoboken: Taylor and Francis, 2012


Middle East


Peer-reviewed Journals

The Journal of Conflict Resolution


Ethnic conflict


Non-violence and Peace-building

Conflict management and resolution

Sample sources

Jeong, Ho-Won. Conflict Management and Resolution: An Introduction.
     London: Routledge, 2010.

Uwazie, Ernest E. Alternative Dispute Resolution and Peace-Building in Africa.
     Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.

International Relations

Workers and laborers

Employment and developing countries

Migrant workers remittances


International Economic Relations


Tariffs (full text articles from last 10 years)

Sample full text sources

Afram, Gabi G. The Remittance Market in India: Opportunities, Challenges, and Policy Options.
     Washington, D.C.: World Bank, 2012.

Ambrosius, Christian. “Remittances for Financial Access: Lessons from Latin American Microfinance.”
     Development Policy Review
32, no. 6 (2014): 733–53.

Balkenhol, Bernd. Microfinance and Public Policy: Outreach, Performance and Efficiency.
     New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Chen, Martha Alter.  Mainstreaming Informal Employment and Gender in Poverty Reduction:
     A Handbook for Policy-Makers and Other Stakeholders
. London: Commonwealth Secretariat and
     International Development Research Centre, 2004.

Li, Chunding, et al. “Economic Impacts of the Possible China-US Trade War.”
     Emerging Markets Finance & Trade
54, no. 7 (July 2018): 1557–77.

Under construction

International Elections


Middle East

Peer-reviewed articles

see also Elections [country]


Elections Egypt


Under construction

World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe

Sample   active physicians per 100K persons         

Sample   physicians per 100K population by country 

World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa

World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Western Pacific (China, Japan, Philippines, etc)

World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (Includes the Middle East and North Africa)

World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Americas - Pan American Health Organization

PAHO Health Topics and Data

European Health Information Gateway

EHIG - Health for All Explorer

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control    

Islam and Human rights

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Sample sources

al-Jabri, Mohammed Abed. Democracy, Human Rights and Law in Islamic Thought.
     London: I.B. Tauris, 2008.

Religion and State

Sample Sources

Jelen, Ted G., ed. Religion and Regimes: Support, Separation, and Opposition.
     Lanham: Lexington Books, 2013.

Merriman, Scott A. Religion and the State: An International Analysis of Roles and Relationships.
     Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2009.


Islam and State Islamic countries

Islam and Politics

Islam and State Saudi Arabia

Sample Sources

Akbarzadeh, Shahram. Islam and Political Legitimacy. London: Routledge, 2003.

Mouline, Nabil. The Clerics of Islam: Religious Authority and Political Power in Saudi Arabia.
     New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014.


Religion and Chinese societies

Religion and State South Asia

Sample Sources

Ardley, Jane. The Tibetan Independence Movement : Political, Religious and Gandhian Perspectives.
     London: Routledge, 2003.

Kuo, Cheng-tian, ed. Religion and Nationalism in Chinese Societies.
     Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2017.

Oakes, Tim. Faiths on Display: Religion, Tourism, and the Chinese State.
     Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.


Religion and State African nations

Smith, James Howard. Displacing the State: Religion and Conflict in Neoliberal Africa.
     Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2011.


Religion and Politics in Europe

Religious Pluralism

Sample Sources

Murphy, Karen. State Security Regimes and the Right to Freedom of Religion and Belief:
     Changes in Europe Since 2001
. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis, 2013.

Zucca, Lorenzo.  Law, State and Religion in the New Europe: Debates and Dilemmas.
     Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Separation of church and state or free church vs. state religion

Peer-reviewed Journals

International Security (Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs)

International Journal of Cyber-Security and Digital Forensics

International Journal of Information Security and Privacy


State interests and international security

The global landscape, factors contributing to the growth of insecurity,
as well as policy considerations

Technological aspects


East Asia

Middle East

Sample sources

Bailliet, Cecilia. Security: A Multidisciplinary Normative Approach. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2009.

Lieber, Keir A. “The New Era of Counterforce: Technological Change and the Future of Nuclear Deterrence.”
     International Security
41, no. 4 (2017): 9–49.

Stiglitz, Joseph E., ed. The Quest for Security: Protection Without Protectionism and the Challenge
     of Global Governance
. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.

Tucker, Jonathan B. ed. Innovation, Dual Use, and Security: Managing the Risks of Emerging Biological
     and Chemical Technologies
. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2012.

Basic Forms of Government

Oligarchy (rule by few)

Winters, Jeffrey A. Oligarchy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Democracy (rule by people)

March, Andrew F. The Caliphate of Man: Popular Sovereignty in Modern Islamic Thought.
     Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2019.

Nardulli, Peter F. International Perspectives on Contemporary Democracy. Democracy.
     Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008.

Autocracy (rule by one)


Levitsky, Steven. Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes After the Cold War.
     Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Authoritarianism Africa

King, Stephen J. The New Authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa.
     Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.

Anarchism (rule by none)


Ward, Colin. Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.


English Language International Newspapers

Open source list from Inkdrop (use caution when browsing)


Brazil Federal Government News in English

Central Asian News Service

Central Asian News Service in English


New Delhi Times


Singapore Government News

Republic of South Korea

Korea Times