Sources for International Relations, Security, War and Peace 

Government Affiliated Research Institutes

      The Institute for the Study of War seeks to educate civilians about issues in security and military leadership.

      The Institute for National Strategic Studies is at National Defense University.  Check their publications page.

      The Strategic Studies Institute is at the US Army War College.

      The Rand Corporation studies many security issues.  Rand also runs its National Security Research Division.

      The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies is at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

      The United States Institute of Peace is supported by the US Congress.


Think Tanks, University Centers

There are far too many of these to digest in a short time.  See the comprehensive guide put out by the Princeton University Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.  It includes a directory and index.  Take some time to find out what speaks to or widens your interests, keep going back to those sites. 


Some useful standouts in the USA

      The GWU National Security Archive is a remarkable resource, what many of us hoped the internet would become, assembling many historical documents about IR, security, war and peace. 

      The Federation of American Scientists has been "striving for a Safer World since 1945."  FAS offers us the Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin.  

      The Arms Control Association keeps track and works to make you safer.

      The Nuclear Threat Initiative has done important work.

      And if the items above interest you, check out Arms Control Wonk, several of their authors.  

      The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation also works on nuclear issues. 

      Here is a page linking other sources about nuclear weapons. 

      The Atlantic Council takes a broad view of NATO member issues.  They house the Scowcroft Center.   

      The Council on Foreign Relations does a lot of interesting things, including Foreign Affairs Online.  It is perhaps the central location of the establishment foreign policy community.  Beware, a paywall is found here. 

      The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) is top notch, and houses the Center for Defense Information.  They are the product of a merger of several very good research organizations.

      The Center for Strategic and International Studies is first rate, if a bit bellicose, and they publish the Washington Quarterly.  Much more frequently useful studies appear on the general website. 

      The Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs has many sources on a range of topics.  

      The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is first rate.  

      The Brookings Institution is as mainstream as it gets in the foreign policy community.  It is big and well funded, so they have many, many resources for you.   

      The online Wired Magazine includes a security focus, mostly about technical developments. 

      The Small Wars Journal is worth a look.  Their blog collects stories from around the planet. 

      The Long War Journal is from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, pretty much neocon.  We have a lot of long wars these days, in large part because of this point of view.    

      The Institute for Policy Studies was founded to counter the views of the organization in the previous link, call themselves progressive.   

      The website doesn't have a huge staff, but it is my first stop for looking up military, other security, and intelligence technology.  Check 'em out. 


Some useful non-USA groups  (Check the Princeton index site, above, for many, many more.)

      The International Crisis Group is one of the best you will find. 

      The Electoral Knowledge Network is a remarkable source on elections all over the planet. 

      The International Institute for Strategic Studies is based, mostly, in London.  It publishes The Military Balance every years, but has run into some public controversies. 

      The Center for Security Studies (the Czech one by that name) runs the International Security Network.  Their blog is usually good. 

      The European Leadership Network has a very positive reputation. 

      The Focus on the Global South is just what it sounds like. 

      Here is Foreign Policy's page on South Asia.  Not a lot, but usually quite good. 

      This is Statewatch, a European group that monitors civil liberties in Europe.  They have a page on news and documents regarding European cooperation with US extraordinary rendition policies.  

      Here is the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa.  They are an eclectic group, good starting place for the regions.  Check their "helpful links." 


Other Stuff... very random, included because at one time or another they came up with important material, regardless of ideological bent. 

      Thomas Ricks' The Best Defense, and note The AfPak Channel from the same organization, Foreign Policy.  

      Andrew Bacevich's pieces for Huffpost.  Here are the ones in TomDispatch.  He is worth googling.  Smart guy. 

      Here is Thomas P.M. Barnett's blog.  

      The Center for a New American Security is definitely not neocon, they distinguished themselves quickly after forming in 2007.    

      The website Columbia International Affairs Online has a very large set of resources for you. 

      Here is the National Journal's Security blog.  

      The Foreign Policy Research Institute has long leaned toward a US-led dominant international coalition. 

      Warning: If you ever want to have a high level security clearance with the US government, stay away from this site.  The site Wikileaks has released, often irresponsibly, material you can't get elsewhere. 

      Juan Cole's Blog is now called Informed Comment.   



This page was put together by Sid Olufs, last updated February of 2019.  Back to Sid's home page. 

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