International Relations

Country Information

UN's Member State Portal
CIA's World Fact Book
Department of State's Background Notes
BBC's Country Profiles
Columbia gazetteer of the world online
LexisNexis Academic : Its Research Countries section Includes Country Reports (Walden) and PRS Group Political Risk Service Stories
USIP (United States Institute of Peace): Countries and Continents
SIPRI's FIRST (aka Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's Facts on International Relations and Security Trends)
UIA's IGO Search (one of the free services from the Union of International Associations)
QFinance's Economic Profiles by Country
Doing Business, an IFC/World Bank country guide
OFFSTATS (Official Statistics)
Population Reference Bureau
NationMaster, for comparing countries graphically

Documents

CIA declassified documents Previously secret documents now publically available -- many related to countries and foreign relations
Congressional Research Service [CRS] Reports, related to national security, foreign policy and related topics, and available through the Federation of American Scientists without CRS authorization.