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Development Practice: Country Information

Information resources to support Masters in Development Practice and other Emory development studies programs

Country Information

Latin American Historical Dictionary Series Check EUCLID or discoverE for individual call numbers.
Contains entries for important names, places, etc. in the history of individual Latin American countries

Europa Wold Plus (Emory only)

Great profiles of countries.  In the "Country Profile" section there are usually good "contemporary poiitical history" or "recent history" sections that have especially good overviews of what has been happening politically and economically.

Country Studies/Area Handbook Series
Older but still useful. A U.S. government produced series of monographs on individual countries throughout the world. There is a volume for most latin American nations. This series is well-written and contains extensive bibliographies. Electronic versions of volumes published since 1988 are available. Paper copies of the full collection located in the Documents Collection D101.6/6 on level one of Woodruff Library.

EIU Country Reports   (Emory only)

The Economist Intelligence Unit is the world's leading provider of country intelligence, providing up-to-date, reliable and impartial analysis of worldwide market trends and business strategies. EIU continuously assesses and forecasts political, economic and business conditions in almost 200 countries, and provides insight into how companies are responding.


This Economist Intelligence Unit service provides daily highlights of key economic, political and business developments worldwide. In addition to updates to the EIU Country Reports, EIU Viewswire includes summaries of regulatory, trade, industry, and investment analysis.

Foreign Information by Country (University of Colorado)

Very useful listing of a wide variety of links to country information put out by the U.S. government, international organizations, and various web portals.

GlobalEDGE: Latin America (Michigan State University) pulls together information about individual Latin American countries from a variety of standard sources.

Portals to the World (Library of Congress)

Contains selective links to authoritative, in-depth information about individual countries maintained by subject specialists at the Library of Congress.

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. World Leaders (formerly Chiefs of State & Cabinet Members)
Provides a list of the President, cabinet members, the Governor of the Central Bank, the country's Ambassador to the U.S., and its U.N. Representative for all countries from Argentina to Venezuela. Paper and microfiche copies are available in documents colelction on level 1.

United States. Central Intelligence Agency. World Factbook
Information on geography, people, government, economy, transportation, communication, defense for individual countries. Prepared by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. A paper copy is available in the Documents Collection, Pr Ex 3.15.

U.S. Department of State. Background Notes on the Western Hemishpere
Contains information on the geography, people, government, economy, history, government and political conditions, principal government officials, foreign relations, defense, and more for each country with which the US has diplomatic relations. Paper copies are also available in Documents Collection, S 1.123.

World Bibliography Series (Reference collection. Check for individual call numbers).
This series, which is available for many African countries, contains annotated lists of books and articles dealing with all elements of the nation.

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