Middle East Info-Resources
General Websites for Arab and Middle Eastern Countries
These links have been compiled by Columbia University, USA. The views expressed by these sites do not neccesaraly represent the views of Chronicleword.org.
Politics and Diplomacy
Governments on the Web: http://www.gksoft.com/govt/en provides a list of links to governmental sites for most countries (ministries, embassies, etc.).
Constitutions: http://www.uni-wuerzburg.de/law has constitutions for most nations.
Elections: http://www.electionworld.org/election provides minimal election statistics and links to information about political parties.
International Relations and Diplomacy
US State Department Near Eastern Affairs website http://www.state.gov/p/nea/ provides a wide variety of information and reports on US policy toward the Middle East.
European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation
http://www.medea.be/site.html?idx=54&page=2&lang=en&doc=#54 has good information files on people, groups, UN resolution and stats and an Arabic press review in French as well as info on the Euro-Arab parliamentary dialogue.
Economics and Energy
World Bank http://lnweb18.worldbank.org/mna/mena.nsf has great data and statistics on the countries of Middle East and North Africa. This site is well laid-out and definitely worth a look.
For energy information, try the US Department of Energys Middle East information page: http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cabs/cabsme.html or OPECs website at http://www.opec.org which offers country-specific information, news and statements.
The Federation of American Scientists http://www.fas.org/news/index.html monitors weapons of mass destruction in various countries and provides weapons guides (including information on intelligence services) for selected countries.
A variety of organizations compile reports on human rights in the Middle East, including Human Rights Watch: http://www.hrw.org/mideast and Amnesty International: http://web.amnesty.org/ai.nsf/REGIONS/MIDDLE+EAST?OpenView&Start=1&Count=30&Expand=1
International Organizations, Research Institutions and NGOs
The United Nations website www.un.org has an inordinate amount of information on countries, UN resolutions, etc. There are also many other organizations dedicated to research on the Middle East. The Middle East Institute in Washington DC http://www.mideasti.org/html/links.html has a fairly comprehensive list of links to other research institutions and sites.
For general country information, the CIA World Factbook: http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html covers all the basics while Library of Congress country studies http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs provide detailed historical overviews.
Columbia Universitys library http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/mideast/cuvlm has a comprehensive list of Middle East resources from research institutions to country-specific sites. For more links, try Arab Files: http://www.hejleh.com/countries/ which is a decent first stop or Arab Net: http://www.arab.net which has a good amount of links but is hit or miss.
Columbia Universitys Gulf/2000 website http://gulf2000.columbia.edu/ provides a selective and well organized set of links about the Persian Gulf and other Middle East countries.
Miscellaneous: a potpourri of sites for pleasurable browsing and research
National Geographics map-making machine enables you to zoom in on a given region, country, city or village, at: http://www.plasma.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine/, from the perspective of topography, politics, ecology, climate, infrastructure, &c. A search of National Geographics main Website, at http://www.nationalgeographic.com, will produce country references from the archives, including maps and fabulous photographs. (Regional websites for the Middle East and Africa are promised in the near future, at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/siteindex/index.html#maps.)
The Air University Library maintains Mideast country bibliographies and some nifty security sites, at http://www.dtic.mil/search97doc/aulimp/main.htm .
A helpful directory of international Websites is maintained by the French government at http://lessites.service-public.fr/cgi-bin/annusite/annusite.fcgi/etr1?lang=uk.
And AIs 2002 report on The Arab Convention for the Suppression of Terrorism, at http://www.web.amnesty.org/ai.nsf/index/IOR510012002?OpenDocument&of=REGIONS\MIDDLE+EAST
-- from the Council on Foreign Relations
on Terrorism: Defining the Line -- from the Christian Science Monitor