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Welcome to The International Studies Compendium Project

The International Studies Compendium Project, published in association with the International Studies Association (ISA), is available as an online reference or as a 12-volume set in print. This resource is the most comprehensive reference work of its kind for the fields of international studies and international relations.

Comprising a series of literature review essays, referred and rigorous, comprehensive, and neutral in tone, each details fruitful lines of research up to the current "state of the art". As such, the essays provide an invaluable resource for students and scholars new to a particular area of research who need an overview that maps the existing scholarship in a useful way.

The Compendium continues to grow with new and updated essays added annually.

Since 2010, there have been six batches of updates published online which have added 52 new entries not available in the print edition. The most recent updates were published in December 2014 and the next batch will be ready at the end of 2015.

To learn more:

  • Select List of Articles from the left side menu to download a complete list of new and original entries organized by publication date.
  • Browse a selection of entries as PDFs.
  • If you are a librarian interested in learning more about purchasing access or updating your institutional subscription, please email

Key features include:

  • A-Z: Presented in an accessible A-Z format
  • 450+entries: Specially-commissioned, peer reviewed essays of up to 10,000 words focus on the most important topics and issues
  • International: Written and edited by an global team of the world's leading scholars and teachers
  • Up-to-date: Updated annually, essays quickly inform readers of the nature of the questions asked, past attempts at formulating responses, and the current state of debates
  • Accessible: Aimed at students, scholars, and practitioners
  • Online: International Studies Online offers enhanced functionality with live links to archives, datasets, cases, pedagogical aids, and other relevant materials

New Entries added in 2014:

  • 'Civil Wars, Scientific Study of' by Idean Salehyan and Clayton L. Thyne
  • 'Durability of Peace' by Caroline A. Hartzell and Amy Yuen
  • 'Gender, Religion and International Relations' by Mandi Donahoe
  • 'Indigenous Rights in International Law' by Cher Weixia Chen
  • 'Interaction of Theory and Data' by James D. Morrow
  • 'International Relations as a Social Science/International Relations as an American Social Science' by Anne-Marie D'Aoust
  • 'Past and Future of the Scientific Study of International Processes' by Zeev Maoz
  • 'Third Debate and Postpositivism' by Thierry Balzacq and St├ęphane J. Baele
  • 'Trust and International Organization' by Kendall Stiles
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