CountryWatch

Vendor Description
CountryWatch.com. is a leading provider of current and historical country-specific news and information on the 197 recognized countries of the world. Universities, Corporations and Government Agencies around the globe utilize the full suite of CountryWatch products in order to provide comprehensive intelligence information for their students, faculty and staff.

The core service in CountryWatch Premium which offers comprehensive information, data and news for each of the recognized 197 countries of the world offering these specific features:

  • Country Reviews, which offer political, cultural, economic, social, demographic, business-oriented, and environmental information and data;
  • Country Wire, which features daily news wire stories covering the country's current events as well as a 13-month searchable archive of stories for historical research;
  • CountryWatch Data, featuring quantifiable data points on subjects like economics, health, disease, religion, etc., whereby you may make cross-country comparisons, download the data in .csv tables, and map/graph the data for visual use;
  • CountryWatch Map Gallery, which offers thematic, political, and geographic graphs and maps to offer a visual research option for students and faculty;
  • Political Intelligence Briefing, which provides a weekly update of the world's hot spots and political changes;
  • Global Guide, a robust resource containing interesting facts about the world, special reports on international hot spots, and topics such as Globalization and Balkanization.

Additional features include an image and map gallery, a currency converter, bibliographic information, and links to various areas of interest for each of the 197 countries.

Libraries, universities, government agencies and non-government agencies alike have reported CountryWatch to be an excellent resource for staff, educators and students alike, offering searchable real time and historical data for research, data analysis and more.

CountryWatch also offers the following products through Amigos:

CultureWatch - Formerly called Youth Edition, CultureWatch is a database tailored to young students exploring the countries of the world and global events. Included in the CultureWatch Database 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.

CountryWatch Forecast provides a 20-year projection for key variables in the areas of Macroeconomics, Energy, Metals and Agriculture for each of the 197 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.

Not only is the CountryWatch Forecast a useful forecasting resource, it is also an excellent teaching tool.

CountryWatch Elections Central is an online resource focused solely on international elections. Here users can access the following:

  • Past & Upcoming Elections - Comprehensive list of past and upcoming international presidential and parliamentary elections around the world;
  • Election Profiles - gives a summary of selected elections: the positions at stake (presidential and parliamentary), the names of the candidates running in the final elections and the outcomes. The profiles cover dates 2009 to 2014.
  • Country Profiles - overview of the countries in which the elections are held, including an outline of the current government structure.


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Susie Thompson - 800-843-8482 ext. 2880 or thompson@amigos.org
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