Category Archives: Centers of Excellence

2007 Policy #01 Agriculture Top Centers

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U.S. Department of Agricultureexternal link
Official U.S. Government site. Includes marketing and trade, research and science, education and outreach information. Also provides news, announcements and events. 1

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policyexternal link
U.S.-based organization. In 1986, IATP began documenting the underlying causes of America’s rural crisis and proposing policies that would benefit farmers, consumers, rural communities and the environment. IATP works with organizations around the world to analyze how global trade agreements impact domestic farm and food policies. Alongside a global coalition, IATP advocates for fair trade policies that promote strong health standards, labor and human rights, the environment and, most fundamentally, democratic institutions. 2

Agricultural Policy Analysis Centerexternal link
University of Tennessee – examines policies, regulations & conditions that affect how farmers operate their business and how the agriculture sector performs. Site includes policy columns, publications, including “Rethinking U.S. AG Policy,” and a listing of research areas and tools. 3

Food and Agricultural Policy Research Instituteexternal link
Iowa State University -FAPRI prepares baseline projections each year for the U.S. agricultural sector and international commodity markets. The multi-year projections are published as FAPRI Outlooks, which provide a starting point for evaluating and comparing scenarios involving macroeconomic, policy, weather, and technology variables. These projections are intended for use by farmers, government agencies and officials, agribusinesses, and others who do medium-range and long-term planning. One of several useful tools is the FAPRI Searchable Policy Database, which allows users to display and download agricultural policy data from the latest FAPRI Outlook. 4

National Center for Food and Agricultural Policyexternal link
Washington, D.C.- based NCFAP fosters and conducts objective, non-advocacy research, analysis, and education to inform public policy on food, agriculture, natural resources, environmental quality, and rural economics. Through partnerships with a network of universities, federal agencies, and other institutions, it accesses the most appropriate data, analysis and expertise for the policy issues at hand, and molds the resulting information into products and services to inform policy. Stakeholders are provided a balanced perspective on the likely outcomes of alternative policy approaches, including how gains and losses are distributed. 5

Organic Consumers Associationexternal link
The Organic Consumers Association is a public interest organization dedicated to promoting health, justice and sustainability. A central focus of the OCA is building a healthy, equitable, and sustainable system of food production and consumption. OCA is a global clearinghouse for information and grassroots technical assistance. OCA works with a broad range of public interest organizations to challenge industrial agriculture, corporate globalization, and the Wal-Martization of the economy, and inspire consumers to “Buy Local, Organic, and Fair Made.” 6

FAO: Agriculture 21external link
Official U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization site. Includes a news magazine plus guides and links to information on livestock, biotechnology, land/water development, crop production, plant protection, and agricultural support systems. Very broad and deep site that includes the World Agricultural Information Centre Portal. 7

International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Councilexternal link
IPC promotes a more open and equitable global food system by pursuing pragmatic trade and development policies in food and agriculture to meet the world’s growing needs. IPC convenes influential policymakers, agribusiness executives, farm leaders, and academics from developed and developing countries to clarify complex issues, build consensus, and to advocate policies to decision-makers. 8

Eldis Agriculture Resource Guideexternal link
Extensive site with documents and feature articles from a wide variety of international sources. Site also includes “quick access” to several agriculture-related topics. 9

Cairns Groupexternal link
The Cairns Group is a coalition of 18 agricultural exporting countries, a diverse coalition bringing together developed and developing countries from Latin America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. The Cairns Group’s objectives include deep cuts to all tariffs (including tariff peaks) and removal of tariff escalation, the elimination of all trade-distorting domestic subsidies, and the elimination of export subsidies and clear rules to prevent circumvention of export subsidy commitments. 10

EurActiv-CAP Reform Policy Sectionexternal link
EurActiv.com is the independent media portal fully dedicated to EU affairs. The CAP Reform Policy Section looks at current news and analysis of efforts to update and reform the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy. 11

Global Policy Forum – Agricultural Subsidiesexternal link
Rich countries spend billions subsidizing their agricultural sector, leading to chronic overproduction and dumping surpluses on global markets. Poor countries demand reform of this trade practice that impoverishes small-scale farmers while enriching large agri-business. Site provides current and archived articles on the topic along with links to related sites. 12

kickAASexternal link
Kick All Agricultural Subsidies – UK anti-subsidy blog established by the Guardian Unlimited and “aimed at kicking into oblivion all agricultural subsidies.” 13

SouthDevelopmentexternal link
South Development provides information, news and reports by D3E, covering sustainability and development issues in Latin America. D3E (Development, Ecology, Economy, Equity) is an initiative of CLAES (Latin American Center of Social Ecology). 14

World Agroforestry Centreexternal link
An autonomous, non-profit international organization whose purpose is to help mitigate tropical deforestation, land depletion and rural poverty through improved agroforestry systems. WAC conducts strategic and applied research, in partnership with national institutions, aimed at developing appropriate agroforestry technologies for more sustainable and productive land use. Includes news reports on agroforestry related issues around the world. 15

2007 Policy #02 Diplomacy Top Centers

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U.S. Department of Stateexternal link
Official website. 1

Council on Foreign Relationsexternal link
CFR is an independent, national membership organization and a nonpartisan center for scholars dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas so that individual and corporate members, as well as policymakers, journalists, students, and interested citizens in the United States and other countries, can better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments. The Council is headquartered in New York with an office in Washington, DC. Includes articles published in Foreign Affair magazine. 2

Public Diplomacy Websiteexternal link
Sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency Alumni Association. This web site is designed to inform anyone interested in U.S. foreign affairs regarding the important role public diplomacy has played, and is playing, in supporting U.S. foreign policy and in safeguarding and advancing U.S. interests. Site includes articles about public diplomacy and its conduct as well as the debate over public policy and its future. 3

USC Center on Public Diplomacyexternal link
The USC Center on Public Diplomacy is a joint academic research, teaching and training Center created and run jointly by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences School of International Relations. Site provides “What’s New In Public Policy,” events, center projects and a library. 4

Foreign Policy In Focusexternal link
FPIF provides timely analysis of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs and recommends policy alternatives. They believe U.S. security and world stability are best advanced through a commitment to peace, justice and environmental protection as well as economic, political, and social rights. FPIF advocates that diplomatic solutions, global cooperation, and grassroots participation guide foreign policy. 5

Coalition for Citizen Diplomacyexternal link
The Coalition for Citizen Diplomacy, representing millions of volunteer citizen diplomats across the United States, promotes positive and sustainable international engagement of Americans through a wide range of international exchange and educational initiatives involving innovative public, private, and volunteer partnerships. 6

Saudi Arabia U.S. Relations Information Serviceexternal link
The SUSRIS project — an independent, private-sector information resource – offers objective, comprehensive news and information on the history, breadth and depth of the US-Saudi Arabia relationship. 7

Empower the United Nations!external link
The purpose of this website is to facilitate & coordinate information from people & organizations throughout the world who are working towards the revitalization & reform of the United Nations and creating a People’s Parliament within the United Nations. 8

Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacyexternal link
The mission of IMTD is to promote a systems-based approach to peace building and to facilitate the transformation of deep-rooted social conflict through a multi-track diplomatic effort, which includes government, professional conflict resolution, business, private citizen exchanges, training and education, peace activism, religion, funding, and lastly communication, which ties together all the tracks. 9

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – Global Policy Programexternal link
Projects include: Democracy; Rule of Law; Middle East; Non-Proliferation; South Asia; Trade, Equity and Development; and the U.S. Role in the World. 10

Diplomacy Monitorexternal link
Tracking Internet-based Global Diplomacy. A growing number of governments are implementing sophisticated Internet strategies to communicate their foreign affairs policies, trade initiatives, alliances and diplomatic exchanges globally as quickly as possible through websites operated by heads of state, ministries, missions, embassies and consulates, often in multiple languages. The St. Thomas University School of Law utilizes specially developed proprietary software to monitor the global output of communiqués, official statements, press briefings, position papers, interview transcripts and news releases from hundreds of diplomacy-related websites in near real-time and channel it into synthesized information streams within Diplomacy Monitor. 11

Disaster Diplomacyexternal link
Disaster-related activities can significantly influence and move along diplomatic processes which have already started, but rarely produce new diplomatic results or initiatives without other factors dominating. Disaster Diplomacy can be expanded to examine the role of disaster in international affairs and international relations as well as applying the principles and results to internal political situations. Such projects and ideas are found in the case studies and projects and ideas sections of this website. As Disaster Diplomacy embraces a wider definition, it is guided by the Radix discussion involving the links amongst disasters, human rights, and sustainability. 12

Center for Environmental Diplomacyexternal link
CED associates and their network of environmental NGOs aim to strengthen, encourage and improve Palestinian and Israeli communities through cooperation on the environment. CED programs seek to provide a cleaner environment in the West Bank, Jordan Valley and Israel. CED works to support democratic institutions and transparent governance of institutions that provide services to the community. Their goal is to promote a healthy economy to sustain environmental programs and services which foster cooperation and improve living conditions. 13

International Center for Religion and Diplomacyexternal link
ICRD is about “cause,” and has as its highest priority the task of preventing conflict rather than dealing with its consequences after the fact. Capitalizing on the positive role that religious or spiritual factors can play in facilitating trust and overcoming differences is a trademark ingredient of the Center’s approach. The mission of ICRD is to address identity-based conflicts that exceed the reach of traditional diplomacy by incorporating religion as part of the solution. 14

Cultural Diplomacyexternal link
This website makes a concise review of the basics of cultural diplomacy. Culture is a powerful instrument in the hands of diplomats to pursue national interest in a non-intrusive, intelligent, convincing and cost-effective manner. Culture is utilized actively in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy to foster intercultural understanding and meaningful dialogue between nations. Site provides a definition of cultural diplomacy and looks at the actors, organs and tools involved in the process, as well as links to related sites. 15

2007 Policy #03 Economy Top Centers

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Bureau of Economic Analysisexternal link
U.S. Dept of Commerce – BEA promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner. BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation’s economy. To do this, BEA collects source data, conducts research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates statistics to the public. 1

Economic Policy Instituteexternal link
EPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy. The mission of the EPI is to provide high-quality research and education in order to promote a prosperous, fair, and sustainable economy. The Institute stresses real world analysis and a concern for the living standards of working people, and it makes its findings accessible to the general public, the media, and policy makers. 2

EconData.Netexternal link
EconData.Net is designed to help practitioners, researchers, students, and other data users quickly gain access to relevant state and substate socioeconomic data. The site aims to be a convenient, comprehensive first stop for anyone searching among the vast, disparate array of public and private data sources on the Web. EconData.Net is sponsored by the Economic Development Administration as a service to regional data users. Provides links by subject, by provider, ten best economy sites, quick links, what’s new and data collection. 3

Center for Popular Economicsexternal link
CPE is a non-profit organization that teaches economic literacy to activists for progressive social change. CPE creates and communicates economic theories that challenge systems of oppression based on class, race, gender and nation. CPE programs and publications seek to demystify economics and provide alternatives to mainstream analyses. Best known among CPE’s programs are the Summer Institutes in Popular Economics and the book, The Ultimate Field Guide to the U.S. Economy, as well as the “Econ-atrocity Bulletins.” 4

Znet Econ Watchexternal link
Econ watch is devoted to analysis, news and information with a primary focus on the US Economy. Site includes recent articles, links, corporate accountability, a special Enron section and U.S. Government information on economics. 5

World Economic Forumexternal link
Official WEF website. Site includes initiatives, events, media center and details of the organization and its members. 6

Roubini Global Economy Monitorexternal link
Maintained by former White House and Treasury Department economist Nouriel Roubini, RGE Monitor is the leading aggregator of ahead-of-the-curve information on global economic and geostrategic issues. The monitor delivers unbiased editorial perspective and state-of-the-art presentation of global economic information to the workflow process of business strategists, investors, researchers, academics, policy makers and regulators. With ever-expanding coverage of the most relevant news, commentary, research, analysis, blogs and data, RGE Monitor has become the leading economic information hub on the web. 7

The Global Economyexternal link
A link within the Global Exchange website. Promotes democratization of the global economy by teaching how the global economy works and providing information on the undemocratic institutions that run the global economy. 8

Global Economy Journalexternal link
GEJ is the official journal of the International Trade and Finance Association (IT&FA). It is an innovative, peer-reviewed journal that strives to disseminate top-quality research and analysis rapidly to academics and professionals interested in the global economy. Recent articles include “Economic Development , Economic Integration, International Trade” and “Is There an East European Housing Bubble?” 9

GlobalCPR.comexternal link
Features information on national income, globalization, international organizations, green economics, and international trade. 10

Global Economy Full Coverageexternal link
Yahoo news site. Updated regularly and presents news stories as well as feature articles, opinions & editorials, and related web sites on the topic. 11

International Forum on Globalizationexternal link
IFG is a North-South research and educational institution composed of leading activists, economists, scholars, and researchers providing analyses and critiques on the cultural, social, political, and environmental impacts of economic globalization. The IFG produces numerous publications; organizes high-profile, large public events; hosts many issue-specific seminars; coordinates press conferences and media interviews at international events; and participates in many other activities that focus on the myriad consequences of globalization. 12

AFL-CIO – Global Economyexternal link
Looks at the international economy from a workers’ rights perspective. Site provides information on global action, development policies, workers’ rights and women and children. 13

Bilaterals.orgexternal link
Bilaterals.org is a collective effort to share information and stimulate cooperation against bilateral trade and investment agreements that are opening countries to the deepest forms of penetration by transnational corporations. Site features news & articles, key issues, and details of bilateral agreements and treaties. 14

Grameen Foundationexternal link
Grameen Foundation’s mission is to empower the world’s poorest people to lift themselves out of poverty with dignity through access to financial services and to information. With tiny loans, financial services and technology, the Foundation helps the poor, mostly women, start self-sustaining businesses to escape poverty. Founded in 1997 by a group of friends who were inspired by the work of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, our global network of microfinance partners reaches 2.2 million families in 22 countries. 2006 Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, serves as a board member. 15

2007 Policy #04 Education Top Centers

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U.S. Department of Educationexternal link
Official website. Links to reports on all aspects of the organization’s work, including student aid, legislation, statistics, school locator, and many others. Includes National Center for Education Statistics and Education Resources Information Center. 1

Education Weekexternal link
Published by Editorial Projects in Education. EPE is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization based in Washington, D.C. whose primary mission is to help raise the level of awareness and understanding among professionals and the public of important issues in American education. They cover local, state, and national news and issues from preschool through the 12th grade. 2

The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvementexternal link
The purpose of The Center is to assist schools and school districts contemplating or engaged in comprehensive school reform and improvement. Site provides research services, news, events/conferences and links to related organizations. 3

National Home Education Research Instituteexternal link
NHERI conducts and collects research about homeschooling (home-based education, home schooling), and publishes the research journal called the Home School Researcher. The institute has hundreds of research works documented and catalogued on home schooling, many of which were done by NHERI. 4

The American Forum for Global Educationexternal link
It is the goal of the American Forum that the young people of the United States will achieve an understanding of global issues, of cultural differences and similarities, and of the connections which exist in their daily lives between their actions – and those of their country – and others taking place in all parts of the globe, from east to west and north to south. 5

U.S.A. Study Guideexternal link
USA Study Guide was conceptualized and made a reality because of the need for cost-effective international student recruitment solutions. The website and print publications help top U.S. schools recruit highly-qualified international students by offering targeted advertising opportunities. 6

UNESCO-Education Portalexternal link
Features information on a variety of education-related themes worldwide. 7

Global Campaign for Educationexternal link
Headquartered in South Africa, The Global Campaign for Education promotes education as a basic human right, and mobilizes public pressure on governments and the international community to fulfill their promises to provide free, compulsory public basic education for all people; in particular for children, women and all disadvantaged, deprived sections of society. 8

EU-US Cooperation Programme in Higher Educationexternal link
The programme is funded and managed jointly by the European Commission and by the US Department of Education. It aims primarily at promoting understanding between the peoples of the European Union and the United States of America and improving the quality of their human resource development. 9

Global Educationexternal link
The site supports the AusAID Global Education Program which aims to raise awareness and understanding among Australian school students of international issues, development and poverty, and to prepare them to live in an increasingly globalised world and to be active citizens shaping better futures. 10

International Council for Open and Distance Educationexternal link
Norway-based ICDE is recognized by the United Nations (UNESCO), and serves as the Global Umbrella Membership Organization in Online, Flexible and Blended Learning, including e-learning and distance education. An important aim of ICDE is to promote intercultural co-operation and understanding through flexible and online learning throughout the world. 11

Center for Open and Sustainable Learningexternal link
Based at Utah State University – COSL promotes free and open access to educational opportunity. Site includes projects, a blog, schedule of events and publications. 12

Girls Global Education Fundexternal link
GGEF, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1996 to send girls to school who would otherwise be denied an education. GGEF is unique in that it is the only organization whose sole mission is to send girls to schools. GGEF provides scholarships to girls in developing countries who would otherwise be unable to attend school. Scholarships are given to girls in primary school, junior high and high school. GGEF covers the cost of sending girls to school for the entire year, and if necessary, we also pay for transportation to school, and lunch. To remain in the program, a girl must complete the school year with satisfactory grades and attendance. 13

Education Revolutionexternal link
The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 to advance learner-centered approaches to education. AERO is considered by many to be the primary hub of communications and support for educational alternatives around the world. 14

Religion and Educationexternal link
A journal, based at the University of Northern Iowa, providing analysis and comments advancing public understanding of religion and education. Recent articles include “God, Darwin, and the Courts: An Evolving Debate” and “A Clash of Opposing Worldviews: How One Professor Teaches the Intelligent Design/Evolution Controversy.” 15

2007 Policy #05 Energy Top Centers

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U.S. Department of Energyexternal link
Official DOE website. Features S&T, energy sources, energy efficiency, environment, prices and trends, national security and safety & healthy pages. 1

U.S. Energy Associationexternal link
USEA is the U.S. Member Committee of the World Energy Council (WEC). USEA is an association of public and private energy-related organizations, corporations, and government agencies. USEA represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy sector by increasing the understanding of energy issues, both domestically and internationally. 2

Ethanol.orgexternal link
ACE is the grassroots voice of the ethanol industry, a membership-based association dedicated to the use and production of ethanol. Site features latest news and topics of interest, as well as an “All About Ethanol” link. 3

American Wind Energy Associationexternal link
The mission of the AWEA is to promote wind power growth through advocacy, communication, and education. Site features weekly wind energy newsletter. 4

American Solar Energy Associationexternal link
ASES is a national membership organization whose mission is to attain a sustainable U.S. energy economy. ASES strives to accelerate the development and use of solar and other renewable energy resources through advocacy, education, research and collaboration among professionals, policy-makers and the public. 5

Renewable Energy Accessexternal link
RenewableEnergyAccess.com was started in 1998 by a group of Renewable Energy professionals who wanted their work to relate to their passion for renewable energy. With this passion and the desire to create a long term sustainable business, this has become perhaps the single most recognized and trusted source for Renewable Energy News and Information on the Internet. 6

Nuclear Energy Instituteexternal link
Promotes nuclear energy as a cleaner, more reliable and economical energy source. Site addresses safety and security, nuclear waste disposal and transportation safety issues. 7

Yahoo Energy Policy News Coverageexternal link
Yahoo News page dedicated to energy policy, included news stories, featured articles, opinions and editorials, links to related web sites and to Yahoo! Resources. 8

International Energy Agencyexternal link
IEA acts as energy policy advisor to 26 member countries in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for their citizens. Founded during the oil crisis of 1973-74, the IEA’s initial role was to co-ordinate measures in times of oil supply emergencies. Its mandate has broadened to incorporate the “Three E’s” of balanced energy policy making: energy security, economic development and environmental sustainability. Current work focuses on climate change policies, market reform, energy technology collaboration and outreach to the rest of the world, especially major producers and consumers of energy like China, India, Russia and the OPEC countries. 9

OPECexternal link
Official OPEC website. Provides information on the organization’s meetings, publications, and speeches as well as an environmental newsletter. 10

IAEAexternal link
Official IAEA website. Features history of IAEA, details of the organization’s work, news, publications and data. 11

Institute for the Analysis of Global Securityexternal link
IAGS is a non-profit organization which directs attention to the strong link between energy and security and provides a stage for public debate on the various avenues to strengthening the world’s energy security. Site includes energy security initiatives and latest energy security news. 12

Sustainable Energy and Economy Networkexternal link
SEEN is a project of the Institute for Policy Studies (Washington, DC) and the Transnational Institute (Amsterdam). SEEN works in partnership with citizens groups nationally and globally on environment, human rights and development issues with a particular focus on energy, climate change, environmental justice, gender equity, and economic issues, particularly as these play out in North/South relations. 13

ENERGIAexternal link
International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy – ENERGIA is an international network on gender and sustainable energy which links individuals and groups concerned with energy, sustainable development, and gender. ENERGIA’s goal is to contribute to the empowerment of rural and urban poor women through a specific focus on energy issues. Founded in 1995, ENERGIA is now active in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania, as well as in Europe, North America and Australia. Site includes an extensive links page. 14

Energycrisis.orgexternal link
Promotes conservation of traditional energy sources such as fossile fuel. Site presents editorials and expert’s views, alternative energy information, and references. 15

2007 Policy #06 Family Top Centers

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Board on Youth, Children and Familiesexternal link
The Board operates under the U.S. National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies. Through studies, reports, workshops, websites, and other activities, the Board informs public and private deliberations about the most critical issues facing communities, states, and our Nation: child health and health care services, family support, child care, and early child development; biological and behavioral changes among children and youth; preschool education, school engagement, and youth development; child abuse, family violence, and child welfare; and the prevention of underage drinking and other risky and dangerous behaviors. 1

Family Research Councilexternal link
FRC champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. FRC shapes public debate and formulates public policy that values human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and the family. Believing that God is the author of life, liberty, and the family, FRC promotes the Judeo-Christian worldview as the basis for a just, free, and stable society. 2

The Clearinghouse on International Developments in Child, Youth, and Family Policiesexternal link
Columbia University – The Clearinghouse provides cross-national, comparative information about the policies, programs, benefits and services available in the advanced industrialized countries to address child, youth, and family needs. Coverage focuses on 23 advanced industrialized countries. Expansion to other countries and other parts of the world is under way. 3

The National Marriage Projectexternal link
At Rutgers University – The mission of the National Marriage Project is to provide research and analysis on the state of marriage in America and to educate the public on the social, economic and cultural conditions affecting marital success and child well-being. The Project has identified five immediate goals: filling the knowledge gap; focusing on youth; addressing the public; informing the media; and convening the experts. 4

Survive Divorceexternal link
The goal of the website is to help save marriages and if that is not possible, to help people survive divorce. Includes advice for men, advice for women, protecting the children, and important resources. 5

The Step Family Lifeexternal link
Articles on a variety of topics related to blended families. 6

The Urban Instituteexternal link
Family & Parents Portal – Current publications and projects from the Urban Institute on policy issues affecting American families/parents. 7

Family Violence Prevention Fundexternal link
The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence because everyone has the right to live free of violence. Programs address children, teens, immigrant women, public policy and international issues. 8

The Family Villageexternal link
A global community of disability-related resources. Site features information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families, and for those that provide them services and support. 9

National Partnership for Women and Familiesexternal link
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. 10

Fathers.comexternal link
The mission of the National Center for Fathering is to improve the well-being of children by inspiring and equipping men to be more effectively involved in the lives of children. In response to a dramatic trend towards fatherlessness in America, the Center was founded in 1990 by Dr. Ken Canfield to conduct research on fathers and fathering, and to develop practical resources to prepare dads for nearly every fathering situation. Website features tips for dads, programs, training and a press room. 11

Gay-Civil-Unions
Supporting the legal and social sanction of lesbian and gay relationships and families. Site addresses same-sex marriage, adoption, and gay and lesbian issues in general. 12

Guttmacher Instituteexternal link
The Guttmacher Institute is a nonprofit organization focused on sexual and reproductive health research, policy analysis and public education. The Guttmacher Institute publishes Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, International Family Planning Perspectives, The Guttmacher Policy Review and special reports on topics pertaining to sexual and reproductive health and rights. The Institute’s mission is to protect the reproductive choices of all women and men in the United States and throughout the world. It is to support their ability to obtain the information and services needed to achieve their full human rights, safeguard their health and exercise their individual responsibilities in regard to sexual behavior and relationships, reproduction and family formation. 13

Independent Adoption Centerexternal link
The IAC mission is to make open adoption a viable and accessible alternative to untimely pregnancy throughout the United States by providing professional, licensed, comprehensive educational and counseling-centered services to birthparents, adopting parents and adoptees nationwide. IAC is the largest and oldest U.S. adoption agency facilitating fully open adoptions. 14

NIH Stem Cell Informationexternal link
Site presents frequently asked questions, details of current research, research topics, federal policy and announcements. 15

2007 Policy #07 Health Top Centers

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesexternal link
Official website. Features diseases and conditions, policies and regulations, safety and wellness and food and drug information. Also provides links to HHS agencies. 1

National Coalition on Health Careexternal link
The NCHC’s diverse membership is united in support of the following principles as a framework for improving our nation’s health care: health care coverage for all; cost management; improvement of health care quality and safety; equitable financing; and simplified administration. 2

Public Citizen – Health Research Groupexternal link
Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. The Health Research Group promotes safer drugs and public health. 3
No Free Lunchexternal link
Site is hosted by health care providers who believe that pharmaceutical promotion should not guide clinical practice. Their mission is to encourage health care providers to practice medicine on the basis of scientific evidence rather than on the basis of pharmaceutical promotion. They discourage the acceptance of all gifts from industry by health care providers, trainees, and students. Their goal is improved patient care. 4

Health Care Reform.Netexternal link
A detailed, revolutionary plan is presented by a medical doctor to reform the health-care system by restructuring medical education. 5

National Health Law Programexternal link
The NHLP is a national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America’s working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities. NHeLP serves legal services programs, community-based organizations, the private bar, providers and individuals who work to preserve a health care safety net for the millions of uninsured or underinsured low-income people. 6

Medicare Rights Centerexternal link
MRC is the largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the United States for people with Medicare. Founded in 1989, MRC helps older adults and people with disabilities get good, affordable health care. 7

Daily News Centralexternal link
DNC is an Internet publication that focuses on health news, as well as in-depth articles on current health topics, for English-speaking readers around the world. The goal is to arm health consumers with the information they need to play a proactive role in achieving excellent healthcare for themselves and their families. Daily News Central readers have access to the latest news on many health-related topics, including breakthrough research on a variety of illnesses and chronic conditions, new drugs and therapies, healthcare legislation, and new approaches to nutrition and fitness. In-depth articles on specific topics — relating to children’s health, seniors’ health or public health, for example — provide added value to Daily News Central site visitors. 8

National Academy for State Health Policyexternal link
NASHP is an independent academy of state health policymakers working together to identify emerging issues, develop policy solutions, and improve state health policy and practice. NASHP provides a forum for constructive, nonpartisan work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health issues facing states. 9

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organizationexternal link
HCFO strives to bridge the health policy and health services research communities by reaching two primary objectives: to provide public and private decision-makers with usable and timely information on health care policy, financing, and market developments, and to bring together the policy and research communities through significant convening, issues identification, research translation, and communication activities. 10

National Alliance for Hispanic Healthexternal link
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the premier organization focusing on Hispanic Health. Alliance members reach over 14 million Hispanic consumers throughout the U.S. As the nation’s action, advocacy, and research forum for Hispanic health and well being, the Alliance informs and mobilizes consumers, supports health and human service providers in the delivery of quality care, improves the science base for accurate decision making by promoting better and more inclusive research, promotes appropriate use of technology, insures accountability and advocates on behalf of Hispanics, and promotes philanthropy. 11

Partners in Health, Healthcare for the Poorexternal link
Through service, training, advocacy, and research, PIH seeks to raise the standard of care for the poor everywhere. The work of PIH has three goals: to care for patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned around the world. Through long-term partnerships with sister organizations, PIH brings the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need and work to alleviate the crushing economic and social burdens of poverty that exacerbate disease. PIH believes that health is a fundamental right, not a privilege. 12

Factline: Tracking Health in Underserved Communitiesexternal link
Factline is a website sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and Meharry Medical College that highlights health disparities in underserved communities. Factline is organized into five major areas: Access to Health, Mental Health, Minority Health, Women’s Health, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Within each major area, there are several topic pages, including cancer, depression, obstetrical care, and barriers to care for immigrants. 13

America’s Health Insurance Plansexternal link
AHIP is the national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans. Member companies offer medical expense insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, dental insurance, supplemental insurance, stop-loss insurance and reinsurance to consumers, employers, and public purchasers. AHIP’s goal is to provide a unified voice for the health care financing industry, to expand access to high quality, cost effective health care to all Americans, and to ensure Americans’ financial security through robust insurance markets, product flexibility and innovation, and an abundance of consumer choice. 14

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policiesexternal link
EOHSP supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe. The Observatory is a partnership between the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, the Governments of Belgium, Finland, Greece, Norway, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, the Veneto Region of Italy, the European Investment Bank, the Open Society Institute, the World Bank, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Site features country information and research topics. 15

2007 Policy #8 Immigration Top Centers

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Serviceexternal link
Official website. Provides services & benefits, immigration forms, laws & regulations, education & resources and a press room 1

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcementexternal link
Official website. ICE targets illegal immigrants: the people, money and materials that support terrorism and other criminal activities. Topics of interest include gangs, child exploitation, human trafficking, secure borders, and worksite enforcement. 2

National Immigration Forumexternal link
The Forum is dedicated to embracing and upholding America’s tradition as a nation of immigrants. The Forum advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and are fair to and supportive of newcomers to our country. The Forum serves as the lead convener of hundreds of associate organizations and other national groups on a range of immigration policy issues, and has been the driving force behind many immigration policy victories. The Forum also works closely with local advocates and service providers across the country. 3

Center for Immigration Studiesexternal link
CIS is devoted exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States. It is the Center’s mission to expand the base of public knowledge and understanding of the need for an immigration policy that gives first concern to the broad national interest. The Center promotes a pro-immigrant, low-immigration vision which seeks fewer immigrants but a warmer welcome for those admitted. 4

U.S. English, Inc.external link
U.S.ENGLISH, Inc. is the nation’s oldest, largest citizens’ action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States. U.S.ENGLISH believes that the passage of English as the official language will help to expand opportunities for immigrants to learn and speak English, the single greatest empowering tool that immigrants must have to succeed. 5

Americans for Legal Immigrationexternal link
ALIPAC- Four point platform states: secure our borders; crack down on employers that intentionally hire illegals; remove incentives and rewards to illegals such as licenses, welfare, and other taxpayer benefits; enforce our existing laws and deport illegal aliens when convicted of crimes or detected during routine law enforcement activities. 6

American Patrolexternal link
Fighting for U.S. sovereignty by demanding removal of illegals and the rebuilding border security mandated under the U.S. Constitution. Site features current news stories, fence watch, guard watch, crime victims, and Arnold watch. 7

Minuteman Projectexternal link
The Minuteman Project is a “citizens’ vigilance operation” devoted to reducing illegal immigration by deterring illegal crossings of the United States–Mexico border through a variety of methods. Site includes news and updates, photos and hate mail. 8

Illegal Aliens.USexternal link
Those ‘undocumented’ are actually ‘highly documented’ with fraudulent documents our government readily accepts. Calling an illegal alien an undocumented immigrant is like calling a burglar an uninvited house guest. Site presents news, featured stories, blogs, politics, euphemisms, reporting illegals, and facts/myths page. 9

Choose Black Americaexternal link
Choose Black America is a national coalition of African Americans who support enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. Mass illegal immigration has been the single greatest impediment to black advancement in this country over the past 25 years. Blacks, in particular, have lost economic opportunities, seen their kids’ schools flooded with non-English speaking students, and felt the socio-economic damage of illegal immigration more acutely than any other group. 10

Pew Hispanic Centerexternal link
The PHC mission is to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the entire nation. The Center does not advocate for or take positions on policy issues. It is a project of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan “fact tank” in Washington, DC that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The documents listed in the “Immigration” section focus specifically on trends in migration flows, the characteristics of the foreign-born population and attitudes towards immigration policy issues. 11

Stalker’s Guide to International Migrationexternal link
A comprehensive interactive site addressing international migration trends and issues. Presents history of migration and migration theory, as well as the impact of immigration and emigration. 12

International Organization for Migrationexternal link
IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement. 13

Eurasylumexternal link
Eurasylum is a European company that was established in 2001 to provide research, evaluation, training and consulting services dedicated solely to issues of immigration and asylum policy in Europe and internationally. Eurasylum specializes primarily in the analysis and evaluation of developments affecting policy and legal decisions in the fields of immigration and border control processes, asylum determination procedures, IDPs and migrant integration schemes internationally. The company’s activities are targeted at national Government authorities, the EC and relevant international organizations. 14

Refugee Health-Immigrant Healthexternal link
Baylor University site. goal is to inform health professionals and others about issues, problems, and answers in refugee and immigrant health. Cites information on refugee health and resettlement to include general health, infectious diseases and mental health. Also looks at specific refugee populations. 15

2007 Policy #9 Justice Top Centers

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International Court of Justiceexternal link
Official site presents What’s New, Docket, Decisions, General Information, Basic Documents and Publications. 1

International Criminal Courtexternal link
Official ICC website. ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The ICC is based on a treaty, joined by 103 countries. The ICC is a court of last resort and only tries those accused of the gravest crimes. 2

Global Policy Forum – International Justiceexternal link
For centuries, jurists defined international law solely in terms of relations between states. World leaders acted with impunity because international law did not hold them accountable. But this has been changing. The UN tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia address the legal responsibilities of individuals who have committed crimes of war and crimes against humanity. National courts, too, have exercised jurisdiction over world leaders, and some, such as former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, have been charged by courts in many countries. The International Criminal Court will take this process further still. This page tracks these and other developments that bring hope of a more just international order. 3

U.S. Justice Foundationexternal link
USJF was founded in 1979 by attorneys seeking to advance the conservative viewpoint in the judicial arena. USJF has contributed directly and indirectly to legal defense efforts in many celebrated cases involving fundamental conservative principles. Site includes commentaries on pro life, education, pledge of allegiance and education issues. 4

International Center for Transitional Justiceexternal link
ICTJ assists countries pursuing accountability for past mass atrocity or human rights abuse. The Center works in societies emerging from repressive rule or armed conflict, as well as in established democracies where historical injustices or systemic abuse remain unresolved. The ICTJ assists in the development of integrated, comprehensive, and localized approaches to transitional justice comprising five key elements: prosecuting perpetrators, documenting and acknowledging violations through non-judicial means such as truth commissions, reforming abusive institutions, providing reparations to victims, and facilitating reconciliation processes. 5

Human Rights First – Crimes Against Humanityexternal link
The Crimes against Humanity program at Human Rights First acts to halt catastrophic violations of human rights currently in progress and to support international efforts to ensure that states fulfill their responsibility to protect people under their jurisdiction from gross violations of human rights. Program includes prevention & protection as well as justice & accountability. 6

European Commission – Justice and Home Affairsexternal link
Homepage features Freedom, Security and Justice page, newsroom, documentation center, and links. Topics include asylum, police cooperation, fundamental rights and external relations. 7

American Civil Liberties Unionexternal link
The ACLU’s mission is to preserve the Bill of Rights’ protections and guarantees for all people. If the rights of society’s most vulnerable members can be denied, everyone’s are imperiled. News, features and several issues, including national security, gay/lesbian right, and rights of the poor, are posted. 8

U.S. Department of Justiceexternal link
Official DOJ website. 9

National Archive of Criminal Justiceexternal link
The mission of NACJD is to facilitate research in criminal justice and criminology, through the preservation, enhancement, and sharing of computerized data resources; through the production of original research based on archived data; and through specialized training workshops in quantitative analysis of crime and justice data. Site features resource guides on capital punishment, homicide, and violence against women. 10

Amnesty USA – War on Terrorexternal link
September 11, 2001, caused many to reflect upon the fundamental values on which the U.S. was founded: freedom of speech, respect for human dignity, freedom of religion, justice for all, tolerance. It is imperative that the United States stand for the principles of unalienable, universal rights. Otherwise, those who wage war on human rights will have won the battle against freedom. Amnesty International is concerned the “war on terror” not become an excuse to deny human rights. Site features background on torture, detention, civil rights and the right to a fair trial. 11

Death Penalty Information Centerexternal link
DPIC is a non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. The Center was founded in 1990 and prepares in-depth reports, issues press releases, conducts briefings for journalists, and serves as a resource to those working on this issue. Site includes news, tools – execution database, state by state information – and issues, to include arbitrariness of the death penalty, race, and costs. 12

Pro-Death Penalty.comexternal link
Presents information and resources, as well as news and polls, in favor of death penalty. 13

Women’s Initiatives For Gender Justiceexternal link
Based in The Hague, The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice is an international women’s human rights organization advocating for gender-inclusive justice and working towards an effective and independent International Criminal Court (ICC). Home page includes links to news, publications and projects. 14

Darfur Consortiumexternal link
The Darfur Consortium is a coalition of more than thirty Africa-based and Africa-focused NGOs, dedicated to the working together to promote a just, peaceful and sustainable end to the ongoing humanitarian and human rights crisis in Darfur. 15

2007 Policy #10 Security Top Centers

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Department of Homeland Securityexternal link
U.S. DHS official website. Pages include information sharing & analysis, prevention and protection, and preparedness and response. 1

U.S. Customs and Border Protectionexternal link
Official website. Features news, fact sheets, border security, and links to related sites. 2

The Infrastructure Security Partnershipexternal link
TISP, a national public-private partnership, promotes collaboration to improve the resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure against the adverse impacts of natural and man-made disasters. TISP members, representing the design, construction, operation, and maintenance communities; local, state, and federal agencies; academe; and other organizations concerned about disaster preparedness, work together to develop and implement cost-effective solutions to enhance the resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure by leveraging their collective resources, experience, technical expertise, research and development capabilities, and knowledge of public policy regarding natural and man-made disasters. 3

National Nuclear Security Administrationexternal link
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear energy. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. 4

Internet Security Allianceexternal link
ISAlliance was created to provide a forum for information sharing and thought leadership on information security issues. The ISAlliance represents corporate security interests before legislators and regulators, in so doing the alliance aims to identify and standardize best practices in Internet security and network survivability, while creating a collaborative environment to develop and implement information security solutions. Site features public policy, news, and best practices information. 5

National Biometric Security Projectexternal link
NBSP is a nonprofit organization incorporated in Washington, D.C. It is designed to perform an independent public service in support of anti-terrorist and homeland security objectives. That service provides unbiased support regarding application of biometric technology; from development of standards, to focused testing, research, training, and education for all levels of government and the private sector that have responsibility for security of the civilian national infrastructure. Site presents test, research and data center overview, news, events and publications, and biometric links. 6

Set America Free Coalitionexternal link
The Coalition brings together prominent individuals and non-profit organizations concerned about the security and economic implications of America’s growing dependence on foreign oil. The coalition, organized by the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), promotes a blueprint which spells out practical ways in which real progress toward energy security can be made over the next several years. 7

Muslims for a Safe Americaexternal link
Muslims For A Safe America was established after the 2005 London bombings, to encourage honest and informed discussion among American Muslims about Islam and American national security, and to empower American Muslims to contribute actively to the ongoing national discussion about how to make America safer. 8

ACLU – National Security Pageexternal link
Provides latest news related to civil liberties and how they are affected by national security policies, to include surveillance/wiretapping and terrorism and emergency powers. 9

National Immigration Forum – National Security Resourcesexternal link
This page of the NIF website provides links to full papers on immigration law as it relates to national security. Once recent paper evaluates the national security implications of the immigration system. It offers policy recommendations and establishes a method for gauging the impact of immigration policies on national security. 10

Security and Prosperity Partnership of North Americaexternal link
SPP was launched in March of 2005 as a trilateral effort to increase security and enhance prosperity among the United States, Canada and Mexico through greater cooperation and information sharing. This trilateral initiative is premised on our security and our economic prosperity being mutually reinforcing. The SPP recognizes that our three great nations are bound by a shared belief in freedom, economic opportunity, and strong democratic institutions. The SPP provides the framework to ensure that North America is the safest and best place to live and do business. It includes ambitious security and prosperity programs to keep our borders closed to terrorism yet open to trade. The SPP builds upon, but is separate from, our long-standing trade and economic relationships. It energizes other aspects of our cooperative relations, such as the protection of our environment, our food supply, and our public health. 11

Canada-U.S. Cargo Security Projectexternal link
CUSCSP originally known as Operation Safe Commerce-Northeast, is an international/regional initiative, comprising a public-private partnership of federal, provincial, state, and local United States and Canadian members operating in northeastern North America. Its purpose is to provide a rapidly assembled prototype test-bed for elements of cargo container supply chain security. Since early 2002, it has had as its strategic goal the production of demonstration models for the international container shipping system that maintain open borders and facilitate commerce while improving security practices by using point-of-origin security, in-transit tracking and monitoring and data query capability designed to validate and facilitate the movement of containerized cargo. Site includes links to several related sites. 12

British American Security Information Councilexternal link
BASIC is a progressive and independent analysis and advocacy organization which researches and provides a critical examination of global security issues, including nuclear policies, military strategies, armaments and disarmament. BASIC assists in the development of global security policies, policy-making and the assessment of policy priorities, and promotes public awareness and understanding of these policies and of policy-making in Europe and the US. 13

Counter-Terrorism Training & Resources for Law Enforcementexternal link
This portal web site serves as a single point of access to counter-terrorism training opportunities and related materials available across the Federal Government and from private and nonprofit organizations. These resources will help every law enforcement decision-maker develop strategic plans for professional training and local emergency response. Site features research & statistics, publications and legislation information on issues including but not limited to transportation, aviation and port security, border security and migration and wmd. 14

Federation of American Scientists – U.S. Intel and Security Agenciesexternal link
This resource is an index of United States intelligence and security agencies. In addition to the sixteen agencies which formally comprise the U.S. Intelligence Community, it also includes selected tactical military intelligence and security organizations, as well as those responsible for security responses to transnational threats, to include terrorism, cyber warfare and computer security, covert employment of weapons of mass destruction, narcotics trafficking, and international organized crime. Includes links to official homepages. 15