OSINT on the MENA Region

MENA Map, courtesy of the LoC
MENA Map, courtesy of the LoC

American Government:

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). “The World Factbook: Middle East.” https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/wfbExt/region_mde.html
——. “The World Factbook: Africa.” https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/wfbExt/region_afr.html
House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/subcommittees/the-middle-east-and-north-africa
Library of Congress (LoC). “Country Studies.” http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html
National Institutes of Health (NIH). “Middle East and North African Region Information, Grants and Resources.” Fogarty International Center. http://www.fic.nih.gov/WorldRegions/Pages/MiddleEastNorthAfrica.aspx
United States Agency for International Development (USAID). “Middle East.” http://www.usaid.gov/where-we-work/middle-east
United States Department of Defense (DoD). “Middle East and North Africa.” http://search.defense.gov/search?affiliate=DEFENSE_gov&query=Middle+East+and+North+Africa&x=0&y=0
United States Department of State (DoS). “Middle East and North Africa.” http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/crt/maps/64374.htm
——. “Near Eastern Affairs: Countries and Other Areas.” http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/crt/maps/64374.htm

Empirical Data Sources:
CountryReports. http://www.countryreports.org/index.htm
CountryWatch. “Featured Country.” http://www.countrywatch.com/
International Crisis Group. “Middle East & North Africa.” http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/middle-east-north-africa.aspx
Pew Research Center. “Middle East.” http://www.pewresearch.org/search/middle+east/
——. “North Africa.” http://www.pewresearch.org/search/?s=north%20africa&x=0&y=0&site

International Money Fund (IMF). http://www.imf.org/external/country/Index.htm
UN News Centre. “Winds of change: North Africa & Middle East.” http://www.un.org/apps/news/infocusRel.asp?infocusID=129&Body=North+Africa&
The World Bank. http://www.worldbank.org/en/country

African Journals Online. http://www.ajol.info/
Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa. “Journal of the Middle East and Africa.” http://www.asmeascholars.org/publication_cat/journal-of-the-middle-east-and-africa/
The Journal of Democracy. “Middle East and North Africa.” http://www.journalofdemocracy.org/regions/middle-east-and-north-africa
The North Africa Journal. http://www.north-africa.com/

Al Jazeera. American Edition. http://america.aljazeera.com/
allAfrica. http://allafrica.com/middleeastandafrica/
BBC. “Africa.” http://www.bbc.com/news/world/africa/
——. “Middle East.” http://www.bbc.com/news/world/middle_east/
CBS News. http://www.cbsnews.com/
Financial Times. “Middle East & North Africa.” http://www.ft.com/world/mideast
The Guardian. “Middle East and North Africa.” http://www.theguardian.com/world/middleeast/roundup

Mother Jones. “Politics.” http://www.motherjones.com/politics

Reuters. “Middle East.” http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east

——. “North Africa.” http://www.reuters.com/places/africa

VICE News. “Middle East.” https://news.vice.com/topics/middle-east

Amnesty International. “Middle East and North Africa.” http://www.amnestyusa.org/search/node/Middle%20East%20North%20Africa

Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) Global. http://www.crdfglobal.org/where-we-work/regions/middle-east-and-north-africa

Reporters Without Borders. “Middle East and North Africa.” http://en.rsf.org/middle-east-north-africa.html

Transparency International. http://www.transparency.org/

OSINT Guides

Internet Archive. “Way Back Machine.” https://archive.org/

Reuser’s New Repertorium. “The Open Source Intelligence Resource Discovery Toolkit.” http://rr.reuser.biz/

Think Tanks

Carleton University Country Indicators for Foreign Policy. http://www4.carleton.ca/cifp/

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). “Middle East and North Africa.” http://www.cfr.org/region/middle-east-north-africa/ri165

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). “Africa.” http://csis.org/region/africa

——. “Middle East.” http://csis.org/region/middle-east

Duke University. “Middle East & Islamic Studies.” http://guides.library.duke.edu/mideast

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. http://www.start.umd.edu/

National Defense University. “MERLIN.” http://ndu.libguides.com/merln

Naval Post Graduate School Dudley Knox Library. “Africa.” http://libguides.nps.edu/africa?hs=a

——. “Middle East.” http://libguides.nps.edu/middleeast?hs=a

RAND. “Center for Middle East Public Policy.” http://www.rand.org/international/cmepp.html

Stanford University. “Middle East Political Sites Project.” http://webarchives.cdlib.org/a/MidEastPolitics/sites

STRATFOR Global Intelligence. “Middle East and North Africa.” http://www.stratfor.com/search/site/Middle%20East%20North%20Africa

University of Michigan. “Center for Middle East and North Africa Studies.” http://www.ii.umich.edu/cmenas/

Wilson Center. “Middle East and North Africa.” http://www.wilsoncenter.org/region/middle-east-and-north-africa
MENA Media Assets:
(Found using BBC Country Profiles)

Al-Ahram Weekly. http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/
• State owned, English edition of the oldest newspaper in the Arab World
Daily News Egypt. http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/
• Privately owned, English edition
Egypt Independent. http://www.egyptindependent.com/
• Private daily paper in English

Azzaman English. http://www.azzaman.com/english/
• Private English newspaper, printed in Baghdad and Basra
Iraqi News. http://www.iraqinews.com/#axzz2wzSdArp4
• English news web page
National Iraq News Agency. http://www.ninanews.com/English/index.asp
• Private, English daily paper
Fars News Agency. http://english.farsnews.com/
• Iranian Revolutionary Guards affiliated paper
Iran Daily. http://www.iran-daily.com/
• State ran, English paper
Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA). http://www.isna.ir/en
• English paper
Mehr News. http://en.mehrnews.com/
• Islamic Propaganda Organization newspaper
Press TV. http://www.presstv.ir/
• State ran satellite channel
Tehran Times. http://www.tehrantimes.com/
• State ran, English paper

Israel Hayom. http://www.israelhayom.com/
• English newspaper in Tel Aviv
The Jerusalem Post. http://www.jpost.com/
• Bestselling English daily newspaper in Israel
Yediot Aharonot. http://www.ynetnews.com/home/0,7340,L-3083,00.html
• English newspaper based in Tel Aviv

Saudi Arabia:
Al-Sharq al-Awsat. http://www.aawsat.net/
• Arab newspaper published in London
Arab News. http://www.arabnews.com/
• English newspaper from Jeddah.
Saudi Gazette. http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/
• English newspaper from Jeddah.
Saudi Press Agency. http://www.spa.gov.sa/English/index.php
• State owned English paper

CNN Turk. http://www.cnnturk.com/
• Turkish version of CNN
Daily Sabah. http://www.dailysabah.com/
• Mass circulation newspaper translated into English
Hurriyet Daily News. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
• Mass circulation newspaper translated into English
Today’s Zaman. http://www.todayszaman.com/home
• Mass circulation newspaper translated into English


Washington Post series looks at lives of Iraq, Afghanistan veterans

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Afghan Presidential Candidates Promise Peace Amid…

VOA video on “Eight presidential candidates are campaigning hard in the run-up to Afghanistan’s April 5 election. With current President Hamid Karzai constitutionally barred from seeking a third term, the vote represents the country’s first democratic transfer of power. Sharon Behn reports from Kabul.”

The Two Koreas Trade Artillery Fire at Sea


South Korea fired shells at North Korean waters on Monday in response to Pyongyang’s holding of live-fire drills near the two adversaries’ sea border.

“Some of the shells fired by North Korea dropped in our area and our side responded with fire,” a South Korean military spokesman told Agence France-Presse.

The news agency also reported that inhabitants of a nearby South Korean island were taken to shelters.

Kim Jong Un’s regime has intensified its belligerent rhetoric and has been holding a series of ballistic missile and rocket tests in response to ongoing annual joint military exercises conducted by South Korea and the U.S.

While Washington and Seoul say their maneuvers are routine and defensive in nature, the North deems them a rehearsal for invasion. The escalation comes amid Sunday’s threat from Pyongyang to conduct a fourth nuclear test.

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