There are several databases and reports that provide insight across the topics to be covered in the Country Issue & Dossier.  This table lists the databases linked below that should be most helpful.

Politics/Government BBC, CIA Factbook, Political Handbook of the World
Top Industry/Sectors Global Edge, Country Commerce, EMIS
Doing Business World Bank, Economist Intelligence Unit, Passport Euromonitor
Global & US Trade Country Commerce, Economist Ingelligence Unit, Global Edge, WTO, US Trade Rep
Labor & Employment NATLEX, OECD, Economist Intelligence Unit, UHY
Culture/Religion/Negotiation Country Commerce, Global Edge, World Religion Database
Taxation & Regulation UHY, Economist Intelligence Unit,
Economy EMIS, Passport Euromonitor


  BBC News Country Profiles
Search for your target country in the box on the upper right to retrieve a country profile with timeline

  CIA - The World Factbook
The online Factbook is updated bi-weekly. The U.S. government’s complete geographical handbook, featuring full-color maps and flags of all nations and geographical entities. Each country profile tracks such demographics as population, ethnicity and literacy rates, as well as political, geographical and economic data. (

  Country Commercial Guides.
Country Commercial Guides (CCG's) are prepared annually by U.S. embassies with the assistance of several U.S. government agencies. These reports present a comprehensive look at countries' commercial environments, using economic, political and market analysis. The CCG's were established by recommendation of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), a multi-agency task force, to consolidate various reporting documents prepared for the U.S. business community." Site contains data published prior to 2001. For data published after 2001, please visit the US State Department

  Economist Intelligence Unit
Features commerce reports, country reports, market indicators, and forecasts with monthly and annual in-depth analysis, data, and ratings. Covers infrastructure, demographics, political scene, domestic economy, and foreign trade, including regional and industrial sector breakdowns for over 200 countries.

  EMIS Intelligence (Emerging Markets Information Service)
Delivers company and industry information together with relevant news, research, and analytics for developing markets.

  Global Edge
Global business knowledge site providing access to authoritative data from Michigan State University.

International Labor Organization database of national labour, social security and related human rights legislation

  OECD iLibrary
Provides full text access to the books, periodicals, working papers, and statistical publications produced by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 1998. Also contains several statistical databases including Main Economic Indicators, International Trade by Commodity Statistics, and compendia of agriculture, education, environment, and social statistics.

  Political Handbook of the World (Sage/CQ Press)
Comprehensive country profiles chronicling national history, government, and political parties, as well as profiles on intergovernmental organizations, development banks, and the agencies and specialized bodies of the United Nations.

  Passport (Euromonitor International)  Limitations on Use
Provides lifestyle statistics and reports, market data and analysis, and market forecasts for selected countries. Includes 6-year historic market size data for selected consumer products plus 5-year forecasts.

  UHY Doing Business Guides
"Prepared by UHY’s member firms, each ‘Doing Business’ guide covers country specific business information you need to consider should you wish to pursue business interests there".

  United States Trade Representative
This is a great source for finding the full text of international trade agreements

  World Bank Doing Business
Data and reports on business regulation for regions, 189 nations and some subnational entities and cities.

  World Trade Organization
Homepage of the World Trade Organization

  World Religion Database (Brill)
Contains detailed statistics on global religious affiliation; including census, survey and projection data.

Country Reports

The reports below generally provide forward looking economic forecasts that touch upon politics, business risks and trade.

Portugal Country Watch

Portugal Country Report IHS Markit

Morocco Country Watch

Morocco Country Report IHS Markit

Corporate Host

It may be helpful to get a company report on your host, their competitors or the industry they operate in. These databases offer company profiles for international firms and industry reports.

  D&B Hoovers

  EMIS Intelligence (Emerging Markets Information Service)

Business News & Scholarship

Browsing and searching general business news about your host & industry may also be beneficial.  The databases below may be helpful

  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)

  Financial Times  Access Instructions
Provides full access to the web edition which features the same content found in the print edition plus additional multimedia features, company tear sheets, interactive charting, a dictionary of financial terms, and recruitment tools. Digital access to the print edition is available via ABI/Inform and Nexis Uni.
Subscription courtesy of Villanova School of Business.