• Commisceo Global
Consultancy of the UK offers cross-cultural
guidance in the form of country insight reports,
cultural and management guides, a cultural awareness manual,
• Culturelink Network-- The network of networks for research and cooperation in cultural development, established by UNESCO and the Council of Europe. Note the Culturelink Review and databases.
• ExecutivePlanet-- "To inspire business travelers to travel with greater cultural awareness," explanations of business cultures and practices, protocol, and cross-cultural tips for major trading nations around the world.
• Institute for Cultural Diplomacy-- Headquartered in Berlin, "one of Europe's leading organisations in the field of cultural exchange... [whose] research and programmes in the area of cultural communication and rapprochement offer viable alternatives to enhance traditional diplomatic policy." Posts information, studies, and opportunities for "inter- and intra- cultural dialogue between different cultures."
Global Perspectives and Globalization
• Centre for the Study of Globalisation
and Regionalisation-- At the University of Warwick,
England, "the largest academic centre in Europe dealing
with this subject area," focusing on "issues of the
definition, measurement, impacts, and policy implications
of globalisation and regionalisation." Site posts
discussion and working papers, and the CSGR Globalization
Index, which "measures the economic, social and political
dimensions of globalisation for countries on an annual
basis over the period 1982 to 2004, and combines these
into an overall globalisation index, or score."
Globalization-- From the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
(non-profit German institution committed to the principles
of social democracy), this site presents hundreds of free
publications online, ranging from short briefing papers to
in-depth studies, many from authors in the Global South.
The site also provides information on the agenda-setting
of important global conferences and discusses their
• Global Governance Watch-- "Joint
project of the American Enterprise Institute and the
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies... to
raise awareness of the growing global governance movement
and to address issues of transparency and accountability
at the United Nations, in NGOs, and related international
organizations. In particular, the project monitors issues
of national sovereignty and the ways in which the agendas
of international organizations influence domestic
Comprehensive daily online magazine about the global
economy, politics and culture that "provides a daily
account of key issues before the global community," with
news, features, quizzes, and information on many facets of
Policy Institute-- From Washington, D.C, "analysis,
development, and evaluation of migration and refugee
policies at local, national, and international levels...
to meet the demand for pragmatic and thoughtful responses
to the challenges and opportunities that large-scale
migration, whether voluntary or forced, presents to
communities and institutions in an increasingly integrated
world." Note the MPI
Europe website and the online journal Migration
Global Attitudes and Trends-- From the Pew
Research Center, an excellent "series of
worldwide public opinion surveys that encompasses a
broad array of subjects ranging from people's
assessments of their own lives to their views about
the current state of the world and important issues of
the day." Note the Foreign
Affairs and Policy page and the Global Indicators Database,
which allows users to find poll results on diverse
topics in the scores of countries where Pew has done
surveys. The Pew Research Question
Search page is useful.
• Population Reference Bureau-- Superb
for authoritative data and analysis on world, regional,
and national population and demographics trends. Features
a large multimedia repository. Note their Annual
Report and their annual World Population Data
Sheet for "up-to-date demographic, health, and
environment data for all the countries and major regions
of the world." Search for data and analysis by topic,
region, or country. The handy DataFinder has data on "133
population, health, and environment variables for more
than 220 countries, 28 world regions and sub-regions, and
the world as a whole." The quarterly Population
Bulletins on selected topics are very useful.
• United Nations Population Fund--
"World's largest international source of funding for
population and reproductive health programmes." This U.N.
site provides much information, news, and analysis on
world population issues, including the excellent annual State
of World Population report, free online.
• United States Census Bureau's
International Programs Section-- A rich computerized data bank containing
statistical tables of past, present, and projected
demographic and socio-economic data for most countries and
all areas of the world. A popular feature is the World
Population Clock, with an interactive map and
• World Economic Outlook-- "Presents IMF staff economists' analyses of global economic developments during the near and medium term. Chapters give an overview of the world economy; consider issues affecting industrial countries, developing countries, and economies in transition to market; and address topics of pressing current interest." Also note the World Economic Outlook Databases.
• WorldPublicOpinion.org-- "Provides information and analysis about public opinion on international policy issues from around the world. While the studies of [our own] network figure prominently, the website draws together data from a wide variety of sources from around the world." From the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland, posts excellent international public opinion polls.
YaleGlobal Online-- This excellent
comprehensive web journal features many articles,
lectures, news items, and links about globalization in
its diverse aspects and effects. From the Whitney
and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area
Studies at Yale University.