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U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S. Department of State: Find press releases, reports, and other information by policy area, topic, or country

Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser: State Department source for treaties, including Treaties in Force and TIAS, and information on U.S. international law.

Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law (also on Hein Online): Annual State Department publication on U.S. practice in international law, with summaries, text of documents, and links to documents.   Use the Table of Contents and find chapters with the same subject arrangement each year. For example, Chapter 17 is on international conflict resolution and avoidance, and chapter 18 is on use of force.

Foreign Relations of the United States (also on Hein Online): Historical record of U.S. foreign policy. Volumes by administration and issue, with documents 1861-1989.

CRS (Congressional Research Service) reports are prepared for congressional committees and staff on topics including international law and U.S. national security policy. Find a complete collection on Proquest Congressional, a free searchable database at, a free collection arranged by topic at, and less exhaustive lists by topic on the websites of the  University of Maryland Law Library, and the Federation of American Scientists (which focuses on CRS reports on national security issues).

Congressional hearings and reports: See the documents of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee:



U.S. National Security Law and Policy

Library of Congress: Military Legal ResourcesLinks to U.S. military law resources, including Manuals for Courts Martial, the Law of Armed Conflict Deskbook, U.S. Army Field Manuals, and collections of historical war crimes materials.

Military manuals can be also be found at:

Department of Defense Law of War Manual 2015Manual with information for personnel executing military operations, including when the law of war applies and rules on the conduct of hostilities

U.S. Naval War College International Law Studies: Browse under the headings for Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, Military and War and Peace, and National Security.

U.S. Naval War College Library Research Guides:  Research guides with links to documents and websites. For books and subscription databases recommended, check Emory's holdings.

MERLN (Military Education Research Library Network): Collections of documents related to U.S. military and national security policy.

Digital National Security Archive (subscription database): Declassified government documents on U.S. national security policy, including chronologies and bibliographies. 

Treatises and books for background on national security law include:

  • Charles Shanor, Military Law in  Nutshell, Reserve Study Aids KF7210 .S52 2013
  • Guénaël Mettraux, The Law of Command Responsibility, Oxford Scholarship Online 
  • John Norton Moore,  Guy B Roberts, and Robert F Turner, National Security Law Documents, KF4651 .N38 2006
  • Stephen Dycus, National Security Law, KF4651 .N377 2007

Government documents related to national security and the U.S. military can be found in:


NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)

NATO Basic Texts: Treaties, Agreements, and Policy Documents

NATO Library Research Guides: With timelines and links to documents

NATO Encyclopedia: Thematic Index of NATO topics and missions

NATO Legal Deskbook (2010 2d edition): Introduction to NATO legaldocuments, international law, and law of armed conflict for NATO legal advisers

The NATO Handbook (2006): Introduction and information on policy-making and structure of NATO


Foreign and National Security Policy of Other Nations

Sources of State Practice in International Law KZ64 .S67 2014: Descriptions of sources for treaties and state practice, both print and online.

International Relations, International Security, and Comparative Politics: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources (Woodruff Library Z6461 .K34 2008)

Foreign Law Guide Database: Citations to national laws by country and topic, including Defense and National Security

Hein Online: International Yearbooks and Periodicals: Yearbooks of international law 

Library of Congress Guide to Law Online: Nations of the World:  Links to Parliaments, courts, government sites, Official Gazettes and statutes, guides, and general sources of information on other countries

Northwestern University Library Guide: List of Foreign Governments: Links to Parliaments and government agencies, including Ministries of Foreign Affairs

FAS: World Intelligence and Security Agencies: Links by country to intelligence and national security agencies

Military Justice in the Modern Age, K4754 .M555 2016. Chapters on military justice by country

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