Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)


Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is the world’s largest online resource of documents and articles devoted to research, analysis, and scholarship on international politics and related fields, including security studies, global finance, diplomatic practice, humanitarian law, global governance, development studies, and environmental studies.

With more than 500,000 pages aggregated from 300 international publishing institutions, CIAO is a unique and valuable archive and cross-searchable library of full-text articles from government research organizations, independent think tanks, university analysis centers, and scholarly journals.

The material in CIAO encompasses working papers, policy briefs, and current analysis and commentary, as well as scholarly journal articles, e-books, and videos. The Economist Intelligence Unit supplies comprehensive country surveys, including in-depth political and economic data and detailed maps.

More than 500 institutions currently subscribe to CIAO. University libraries, high schools, government agencies, and global research institutions all benefit from this ever-growing resource with more than 40,000 new pages added each year.

Praise For CIAO

“A modestly priced, highly focused collection of research-quality international relations material, CIAO is one of the true gems in the e-resources market.”—Library Journal

“CIAO’s pedigree and its affordable price make it an excellent choice for academic libraries of all sizes . . . all in all, researchers, faculty, and students, both undergraduate and graduate, will find this database useful. Highly recommended.”—Choice

“This intuitive database offers a wealth of pertinent academic information on the theme of international affairs.”—Booklist 

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