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Database Highlight: Columbia International Affairs Online

Database Highlight: Columbia International Affairs Online

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is the world’s largest online resource for theory and research in international affairs. It includes working papers from university research institutes, conference proceedings, books, journals, and policy briefs. CIAO can be found on the Library Databases list in the C Alpha Tab.

CIAO will be of particular interest to researchers in the fields of political science, economics, international relations, history, women’s studies, and many more. You can browse by topics ranging from international trade to COVID-19, as well as by geographic region.

Focusing on Women, Peace, & Security

Each month, the CIAO database highlights a theme within international affairs. For March, which is also Women’s History Month, the focus is “Women, Peace, and Security.” An excellent resource on this topic is One Secure Future (OSF), a CIAO partner institution.

OSF is an organization dedicated to advancing the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda, a policy framework “to build a more peaceful world through ensuring women’s full participation in governance.” OSF produces policy briefs and research in key areas of the WPS, which can be found in the CIAO database.

“Women, Peace & Security Explained” by Our Secure Future on Youtube.

One recommended research publication from OSF is Just the Facts: A Selected Annotated Bibliography to Support Evidence-Based Policymaking on Women, Peace and Security (2019). This is a literature review exploring how implementing the WPS agenda can make international peace and security efforts more effective. It includes over 150 books and journal articles. Sub-topics such as governance, conflict resolution, and counterterrorism are also covered.

Other organizations that conduct research related to the WPS agenda are the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and Women In International Security. Find publications by these groups and many more by searching the CIAO database.


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