Several useful resources for Social Scientists

By Victoria Bird|April 12, 2013|China and Inner Asia, Korea, Politics and International Relations, South East Asia|0 comments

Reproduced with permission from LSE’s Heather Dawson’s excellent “social science sites of the week” email- a round up of new and interesting news for Social Scientists. Thanks Heather!

Amnesty international annual review of the Death Penalty.
The Amnesty international annual review of the Death Penalty was released this week. See which country executed the most people. The site also has images and video content.

Also useful is the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty which has information from national organisations worldwide as well as a wide range of international news stories.  There is a worldwide database.

Egyptian president to answer questions on Twitter everyday
See the announcement in al-ahram. The official twitter account is here.

Arab Media and Society provides free access to news stories and articles covering use of online and social media in the Arab world including its role in the Arab spring. It is published by the American University in Cairo.

Jadaliyya is an independent ezine produced by ASI (Arab Studies Institute), which publishes articles covering all aspects of Arab history culture (many in Arabic)
See the section on Egypt. 

Also on Egypt.
A good place for tracing references to ongoing research in Egyptian universities is the
Supreme Council of Universities (Egypt) website.  As well as library catalogues, you can search for references to recent research outputs including draft and completed PhD and masters theses. Full text unfortunately not available online.

Releases from Wiki Leaks covering Kissinger.  (press release from Mashable) The Kissinger Cables comprise more than 1.7 million US diplomatic records for the period 1973 to 1976; they cover a variety of topics. Take a look at the website to search by keyword.

Other recommended resources for research on Kissinger’s diplomacy include George Washington University National security archive which has made transcripts  of declassified secret documents some free briefing books have links to  key documents. Examples are here  and here.

Kissinger also has an official website which has a biography, plus transcripts of speeches and articles. These mainly date from 2002 onwards. Further videos of speeches/ lectures made at recent conferences can be viewed on These mainly cover Western foreign policy.

Declassified documents from around the world
On the theme of diplomacy and international history. The Wilson Center has just launched its new Digital Archive of International history declassified. It aims to provide free access to scholars to a wealth of declassified government documents from around the world.

Key resources relate to its Cold War History Project, Nuclear non proliferation, and North Korea political history. There are currently over 870 other collections countries include North Korea, China, Cuba, East Germany and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Each document has a summary, source notes and copyright information.

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