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International Statistics

Political, Military, Defense Statistics

Human and Civil Rights


  • Amnesty International 
    Reports on international human rights violations and abuses.


  • Freedom House 
    Includes the reports: "Freedom in the World," "Nations in Transit," "Freedom of the Press," and "Countries at the Crossroads."


  • Human Rights Watch Reports 
    Includes the Human Rights Watch World Report, plus reports which can be searched by country, region, or theme.


  • Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
    Annual reports (1970 to 2003), country reports, and Report on the Status of Women in the Americas.


  • Reporters without Borders Press Freedom Rankings 
    "To compile this ranking, Reporters Without Borders asked journalists, researchers, jurists and human rights activists to fill out a questionnaire evaluating respect for press freedom in a particular country. A total of 166 countries are included in the ranking (as against 139 last year). The other countries were left out because of a lack of reliable, well-supported data."


  • US State Department: Reports on Terrorism 
    This site looks at Terrorism reports prior to 20 Jan 2001.

Military & Defense Statistics


  • Correlates of War Project
    "This website is intended to both as a guide to published sources drawn primarily from the Correlates of War data sets as well as various non-COW datasets available through the internet. Towards that end, a bibliography of articles and books by Correlates of War researchers is provided along with a page of links to quantitative international relations data."


  • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Index of Nuclear Data 
    Tables and charts for Nuclear Stockpiles and Forces, and Nuclear Tests Worldwide.


Politics & Conflicts


  • Center for Global Policy 
    George Mason University site with data on conflict regions, direct military intervention, political interaction events, bilateral trade flows, memberships in conventional inter-governmental organizations, forcibly dislocated populations, political instability, state fragility, genocide, and arms trade.


  • International Crisis Behavior Project Data Archive 
    Downloadable system-level data on international crises and actor-level data for each crisis.


  • International Index for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) 
    Voter turnout data.


  • Inter-Parliamentary Union 
    Parline Database can be searched for electoral statistics on parliamentary governments.


  • Minorities at Risk 
    From the University of Maryland. Interactive database gives information on "the status and conflicts of politically-active communal groups in all countries with a current population of at least 500,000."
  • Political Database of the Americas 
    "Provides documentary and statistical political information on Latin America." Georgetown University site.


  • Polity IV Project 
    "Coded annual information on regime and authority characteristics for all independent states (with greater than 500,000 total population) in the global state system. Covers the years 1800-2006. "


  • State Failure Task Force: Internal Wars and Failures of Governance 1995-2004 
    University of Maryland site provides access to several data resources, including the latest version of the State Failure Problem Set, 1955-2005 (four separate MS Excel files: Ethnic Wars, Revolutionary Wars, Genocides and Politicides, and Adverse Regime Changes).




  • START: Global Terrorism Database (GTD) 
    University of Maryland site that "an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world since 1970 (currently updated through 2004). Unlike many other event databases, the GTD includes systematic data on international as well as domestic terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and now includes almost 80,000 cases."


  • US State Department: Reports on Terrorism (Prior to 20 Jan 2001)
    Individual country data plus statistics on international terrorist attacks and casualties.




Sources are drawn from an excellent guide produced by the University Libraries of the University of Maryland.