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The Country ReviewsTM are comprehensive and regularly updated reports on every recognized independent country available with Standard, Premium, Elite or Suite subscriptions to CountryWatch, Inc. These robust reports include coverage of a given country's history, economy, government, political landscape including foreign policy orientation, business and investment climate, socio-cultural scene including key demographic features, and pertinent environmental issues. The Country ReviewsTM are updated annually, although there are dynamic updates through the year if major events occur. Each report can be accessed online or via download into Abode PDF format.
The Political Intelligence Briefing is a report on significant political developments across the international spectrum. The Political Intelligence Briefing is written by CountryWatch's editor on a weekly basis and it is intended to inform CountryWatch users of important political events evolving in the world.
The Country WireTM provides daily news coverage for all countries and features up-to-date articles from regional news wire services across the globe. These news wire services run the gamut from well-known international agencies, such as Reuters International, to insightful indigenous news agencies, such as the Caribbean News Agency and Pacific News. The myriad of news services from across the world, often espousing varied cultural and political perspectives, means that the Country WireTM offers a rich tapestry of news coverage. In so doing, news readers are afforded a comparative framework for understanding the complexity of the global landscape not available within the mainstream American media.
The Political Intelligence Wire provides briefing and analysis of topical issues affecting various countries of the world. Articles contained in the Political Intelligence Wire change weekly and reflect material events occurring across the globe. Articles contained in the Political Intelligence Wire are arranged chronologically from the most recent to the least recent entries. Subscription users are provided with access to the archive of available articles.
CountryWatch Data features quantifiable data points on subjects such as economics, health, disease, religion, etc. Users can make cross-country comparisions, download the data in .csv tables, and map/graph the data for visual use.
CountryWatch Elections Central is a "stand alone" website within the CountryWatch suite of online products focused solely on international elections. Here, users can access a comprehensive listing of past and forthcoming national elections, a selection of election profiles from across the international spectrum, along with a comprehensive archive dating back at least one year, background information on the countries in which these elections have been -- or will be -- taking place. As a courtesy to our CountryWatch users in the United States, we also offer extensive coverage of recent elections in this country, including the landmark United States elections of 2008 and 2012 elections. Access to the election backgrounders is available by clicking on the "Election Profile" links in the extensive databases for past elections and future elections respectively. Access to the background information on particular countries is available by clicking on the "Country Profile" links in the extensive databases for past elections and future elections respectively. The international elections schedule from late 2009 to the present is easy to find on the lower area of the home page of the Elections Central website and is updated regularly. Users can search and find specific elections by taking advantage of the "filter elections" tool on the side menu bar.
Formerly called Youth Edition, the CountryWatch CultureWatch is tailored to young students exploring the countries of the world and global events exploring the countries of the world and global events. Included in the CountryWatch Youth Edition is a combination of background information on specific countries, current events coverage, a guide to the formation of countries within global context, as well as curriculum-based resources, and colorful international images. The "Country Reports" are concise, regularly-updated capsules of background information on every country in the world. "Current Events" features significant and timely political developments across the international spectrum. “Learning About the World” considers the way the countries of the world is divided geopolitically. “Global Images” provides colorful maps, flags and national as well as cultural images from across the globe. “Curriculum Corner” contains lessons and quizzes, developed in accordance with National Social Studies Standards, and derived from CountryWatch’s background information. “Activities” offers the in-depth “CountryScope” activity intended to widen students’ awareness of the interconnected global world within which we live.
The CountryWatch Forecast provides a 20-year projection for key variables in the areas of Macroeconomics, Energy, Metals and Agriculture for close to 200 countries of the world. The Forecast also provides 5 years of historical data on the following variables:
- Macroeconomic variables include GDP and its principal components: consumption, investment spending, government spending, exports and imports, inflation, interest rates, inflation rates, foreign exchange rates, fiscal policy including tax rates, and the primary components of the balance of payments as well as foreign exchange reserves.
- Energy data includes three major fossil fuel markets: petroleum, natural gas and coal along with production of electricity from nuclear, hydroelectric and renewable resources.
- Metals data for the major industrial metal markets: copper, aluminum, lead, tin, nickel, and zinc along with production of two of the major precious metals: gold and silver.
- Agriculture markets include: corn, soybeans rice, coffee, cocoa, sugar and wheat.
The Global Guide is a database of key international issues and hot spots around the world. The Global Guide starts with a section titled "Interesting Facts" and discusses the smallest and largest countries of the world, the independent countries in the world covered by CountryWatch Inc., the territories and specially-administered areas of the world, and the countries which have become the newest members of the global community of nation states. The Global Guide also include discussions about current geopolitical themes, such as globalization, nationalism and balkanization. Detailed discussions about some of the world's most contested issues are also covered in the section titled "International Hot Spots." Finally, the Global Guide also includes visual imagery in the form of a collection of thematic maps. The Global Guide is intended to expand knowledge about the countries of the world. As such it functions as a supplementary resource to individuals simply interested in the international spectrum.
The CountryWatch Map Gallery includes two different types of maps:
Thematic Maps: Some of these maps have been created from some of the data contained in CountryWatch Data using GIS mapping software. The data sources and definitions for each thematic map are available from the CountryWatch Data section of the CountryWatch.com website. A small portion of these maps depict global themes in standard (non-GIS) form. The actual themes of the maps range from demographic considerations, such as population density, to economic considerations, such as GDP per capita.
Political/Physical Maps: These world and regional maps depict topographical and physical features as well as political boundaries. They effectively supplement the political maps which are available within each Country ReviewTM.
The Political Intelligence Zone is a "stand alone" website within the CountryWatch suite of online products focused on providing detailed information and analysis about major political events unfolding in various countries across the world. The foundation of this website is the Political Intelligence Briefing -- a report on significant political developments across the international spectrum. Written by CountryWatch's editor on a weekly basis, the Political Intelligence Briefing offers a rich tapestry of dynamic and in-depth international coverage, which is intended to inform CountryWatch users of the complex geopolitical events evolving in the world. Included in the Political Intelligence Briefing is the Featured Country, which highlights a key current issue unfolding on the international scene. An archive of past editions of the Political Intelligence Briefings, along with a database of individual articles, known as the Political Intelligence Wire, are provided as a courtesy to clients. Finally, a collection of individual Country Profiles, providing background data on each country, is included in the Political Intelligence Zone, for the convenience of clients.
The CountryWatch Country Profile Video Series is a collection of short documentaries using the information developed by CountryWatch in the Country Reviews™, Country WireTM and the Political Intelligence BriefingTM as the guidelines for the documentary. The Country Profile Videos review the geography, history, politics and economics of the country. They are an excellent resource for corporate, government, and individuals who want a quick orientation on a specific country or who have a general interest in a geographic region.