CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online

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Columbia International Affairs Online provides access to the literature of theory and research in international affairs. CIAO incorporates the following:

  • Working papers from over 100 institutions.
  • Recent conference proceedings from more than 30 academic and nonprofit research institutes.
  • Texts and references from selected journals in the field of public policy.
  • Summaries and selected full text of selected books published by a number of important organizations in the field of public policy, including U.S. government reports.
  • A selection of full-text policy briefs and economic indicators from major organizations devoted to international affairs, including the Federal government.
  • Case studies, written by leading scholars, examine the effects of important events in history.
  • Course packets and syllabi for introductory and graduate level courses in international affairs.

CIAO also includes links to other sources for information on international affairs, a schedule of scholarly events in foreign affairs and security policy, and extensive information on nations and regions of the world, including maps.


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See also the guided tour.

Dates covered

1991 to present. Journal coverage varies; most journal issues included date from 1996 or later.

Updating frequency

Working papers are augmented every month, as are conference proceedings, policy briefs, and economic indicators. Policy briefs and economic indicators are stored on the site for six months after the date of initial publication. Links and resources, the schedule of events, and the response files are updated weekly. New journal issues and books are added as they become available.


University research institutes and other public policy research institutes, the U.S. Government, university and private presses, and selected scholarly and professional journals. Some international and non-U.S. institutions are included, but most are based in the U.S. All material appears to be English language, sometimes translated from original.

Type of coverage

Variable. Working papers, conference proceedings, and policy briefs are available as full text. Journal coverage ranges from tables of contents to complete text of entire issues. Full text is sometimes available only for selected articles within a journal. Books may be available in their entirety, or merely as summaries.

Print counterpart or
related resources

There is no print counterpart.

Producer/content provider

Columbia University Press

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Columbia University Press

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