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Content of WAO - World Affairs Online

This section provides you with information on:

Subject coverage
Resource types
List of periodicals
Language distribution
File data

Subject coverage

  • Foreign and security policy
  • International organisations
    and institutions
  • Theory of international relations
  • Economic and development cooperation
  • Country studies on
  • Regional studies
  • Europe policy,
    transatlantic relations
  • Foreign cultural policy
  • Climate, environment and
    energy policy

Distribution of citations by subject area

Table 1: Distribution of citations by subject area
based on total citations since 1990
(Update: July 2016)

Regional Relevance of Citations

Table 2: Regional relevance of citations
based on total citations since 1990
(Update: July 2016)


Resource types

  • Journal and book articles (60%)
  • Monographies, papers (33%)
  • Official publications (6%)
  • Periodicals, annual books (2%)
  Resource types

Table 3: Resource types
based on total citations since 1990
(Update: July 2016)

List of periodicals


  • 53% English
  • 26% German
  • 14% French
  •   5% Spanish
  •   4% Other languages

  Distribution of languages

Table 4: Distribution of languages
based on total citations since 1990
(Update: July 2016)

File data

  • More than 900,000 citations (since 1974)
  • Yearly average increase of 26,000 citations
  • Regular updates

Table 5: Annual increase of citations 2001 - 2015

(Update: December 31, 2015)

New: Cooperation with the German Library networks

WAO is now part of the catalogues of the German Library networks. You can now find all journal articles, chapters of books, online papers and monographs from WAO

IREON relaunch, now with ECONIS data

IREON – the International Relations and Area Studies Gateway has a new technical platform and now includes additional collections on economic policy.

New databases are:

  • ECONIS – the ZBW (German National Library of Economic) database
  • SCIENCES PO – a selection from the Sciences Po, Paris journal articles database (closed catalogue)

The new IREON continues to provide bibliographic references (including full-text documents were possible) from:

  • WAO – World Affairs Online
  • WAO – Treaties, including selected treaties on international security policy and UN Security Resolutions
  • LITDOK – the database of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), with a focus on development policy
  • FES – the library catalogue of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, specializing in political and social topics


The European Thesaurus on International Relations and Area Studies is availaible in a
seven-lingual print edition.
The Thesaurus can be accessed online at the IREON Gateway.
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