- The CIA World Fact Book
Information about the geography, demographics, economics, politics, and military power of every country around the globe.
- United States Department of State Background Notes
The publications listed below include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.
Governments, Parties, and Elections
- World Leaders
From the CIA, here's the list of state and government leaders from every country in world.
- Constitutions of the World
Links to constitutions (in several languages) from all over the world.
There are links at this site to elections, parties, parliaments, and a political database for the globe. It's hosted by Wikipedia, but it's not subject to the open editing allowed in most of Wikipedia.
- Heads of Governments
"This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders who don't occupy either of those formal positions) of all currently existing countries and territories."
- Legislatures Online
C-SPAN's list of links to world legislatures, some of which broadcast video of their sessions.
- Political Parties by Region
Wikipedia's collection of political parties by country, organized by regions of the world.
Topical and Issue-Oriented Sites
- Center for World Indigenous Studies
The CWIS' purpose is to offer the greatest possible access to documents and resources about the poorest and least industrialized people and nations.
- Foreign Affairs Magazine
One of the USA's most respected journals about foreign policy is now online and maintains a large file of links to sites related to international relations.
- INCORE, The Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity
This is a joint venture of the University of Ulster and the United Nations University to act as a central resource on the internet for those in the area of conflict resolution and ethnic conflict.
- Intelligence Research Program
The Federation of American Scientists has collected links to governmental intelligence programs world wide.
- Comparative Politics Studies
Reports of academic research and theoretical ideas.
- Marxism Page
Someone at the Australian National University at Canberra maintains this page of links to the Communist Manifesto and other Marxist works by many authors.
- World Population
An estimate of the world population that is updated regularly.
Collections of Web Links
An English-language version of a list of links to governments, politics, and news all over the world.
- Comparative Politics Resources
This collection of links comes from Keele University in the UK.