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FBIS: Federal Broadcast Information Service (1974-1996)
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IBSS: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (1951 to present)
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PAIS International (1972 to present)
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Political Science Abstracts (1975 to present)
Covers international journals in political science and its complementary fields.
Political Science Journals (ProQuest) (1985 to present)
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The Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. The series is produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian and printed volumes are available from the Government Printing Office.
Data on United State Foreign Assistance for 2002 forward is available on the Foriegn Assistance.gov website
The Foreign Assistance Dashboard was created in response to the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and President Obama’s Open Government Initiative. The goal of the Foreign Assistance Dashboard is to enable a wide variety of stakeholders, including U.S. citizens, civil society organizations, the Congress, U.S. Government agencies, donors, and partner country governments, the ability to examine, research, and track U.S. Government foreign assistance investments in an accessible and easy-to-understand format.
Historical spending back to 1946 is available from the USAID Overseas Loans and Grant website.
This website provides a complete historical record of all foreign assistance provided by the United States to the rest of the world. It is a companion to the annual report to Congress, U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants, Obligations and Loan Authorizations—commonly known as the Greenbook.
U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1976)
Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Preceded by American State Papers.
United Nations Library
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United States. Department of State.
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- A History of the United States Department of State, 1789-1996
- History of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security of the United States Department of State
- The International Affairs Budget:FY 2002-present
Text of the budget requests and related documents, from the Dept. of State
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Contains links to the U.S. International Affairs Budget, Financial Report, Strategic Plan, the Dept. of State Strategic Plan, Performance Plan, and Performance and Accountability Report.
Executive Agecies and Departments
The Department of State is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency. The Secretary of State is the President's principal adviser on foreign policy and the person chiefly responsible for U.S. representation abroad. However, there are numerous other federal agencies which perform a vital role in the shaping of United States foreign policy.
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