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International Relations

This guide covers sources of information on international relations, diplomacy, security, and U.S. foreign policy.

Historical Sources

For more on presidential papers, speeches, orders, etc., see this guide

Congressional hearings.
Hearings are the transcripts of testimony provided to Congressional committees by members of the public or the Administration. Often they are a rich source for discussions of particular policies. The State Department's annual appropriations hearings before the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are a continuing source of insights, but oversight hearings are often held on particular aspects of foreign policy by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Committee on International Relations -- from 1995-2007, in earlier and later years known as the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The most effective access to these hearings is via ProQuest Congressional, below.

Print Publications in the Documents Collection

Dispatch. DOC-US S 1.3/5 (1990-1999)
This journal was an official organ of the U.S. State Department, and contained a variety of policy statements, major speeches, fact sheets, and other foreign policy information from the Department. In 1997 it changed frequency from weekly to monthly and was scaled back in content. The title ceased with the December, 1999 issue.
Department of State Bulletin. DOC-LC JX 232.A33 (1939-1989)
This monthly journal was continued by Dispatch.
Current Policy Series. DOC-US S1.71/4 (1975-1990)
This State Department series of individual policy statements was superseded by Dispatch.
American Foreign Policy: Current Documents. DOC-US S1.71/2 (1950-1990)
Annual compilation of policy documents, with detailed subject index. There is some overlap with other State Dept. sources above, but some items are found nowhere else. None published since 1990.
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