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.


See http://www.sahafa.com/ for Arabic, French and English papers from around the Arab World. Also try http://www.middleeastnews.com/ for links to papers of various Arab and Muslim countries.

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 Energy’s Middle East information page: http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cabs/cabsme.html or OPEC’s 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.

Human Rights

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.

General Information

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 University’s 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 University’s 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.

An extensive chronology of the Middle East from 1908 to the present is available at: http://middleeastreference.org.uk/index.html Encyclopaedia of the Orient: http://lexicorient.com/e.o/index.htm

Miscellaneous: a potpourri of sites for pleasurable browsing and research

National Geographic’s 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 Geographic’s 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 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Ancient World Mapping Center Web Links are posted at http://www.unc.edu/depts/awmc/content/html4/links.html.

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.

The Norwegian Refugee Council maintains the Forced Migration Review at http://www.fmreview.org/, with superb human-rights links for each country it covers.

And AI’s 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

TerrorismAnswers.com -- from the Council on Foreign Relations
http://www.terrorismanswers.com/home "Terrorism: Questions & Answers" is run by the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, publishers of Foreign Affairs magazine. Here's what the site says: "If you're bewildered by anthrax, Afghanistan, and a lot else that's happened since September 11, join the crowd. Our aim is to help sort it all out for you -- in a question-and-answer format that's authoritative, easily understandable, and nonpartisan. We'll tell you what we know and what we don't know." Think of it as an online encyclopedia about terrorism. It's a work in progress that is a good starting point to learn more about the subject.

Perspectives on Terrorism: Defining the Line -- from the Christian Science Monitor
http://www.csmonitor.com/specials/terrorism This site from the Christian Science Monitor deals with the thorny issue of defining the word "terrorism." A multimedia site that uses text, photos and audio, it is a special project that draws on the extensive reportage of the Monitor and the expertise of Brian Jenkins, author of "International Terrorism: A New Mode of Conflict." Using five case studies, readers can try to define each situation and decide whether they think it is terrorism or not. Powerful, thought-provoking material.

http://www.geographic.org/ Easy to navigate reference site featuring country geographic, demographic information, and key global rankings in areas such as energy, economy, etc.

Ancient History Sourcebook
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/asbook03.html, Excellent reference site for Ancient history. Produced by Fordham University

Islamic History Sourcebook
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/islam/islamsbook.html This is really a terrific resource. Terrific website with chock full of information on Islamic history, from its beginnings in Arabia up until today.

http://www.arab.net/iraq/index.html Another handy quick reference site for background info on all countries in the Middle East

RadioFree Liberty
http://www.rferl.org One of the best news sources for the Arab world.

University of Kentucky-Ekstrom Library
http://library.louisville.edu/government/international/mideast/mideast.html A very useful website, with many resources and information about individual countries and key regional issues

Freedom House
http://www.freedomhouse.org The best resource on the web for information about freedom and democracy around the world