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WAO - World Affairs Online
is one of the largest social science databases in Europe, containing more than 900,000 references, mainly journal articles, book chapters and grey literature.
offers a comprehensive range of references on international relations and area studies, with a focus on foreign and security policy and European politics.
has a unique cooperative structure, coordinated by the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik – German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), with input from ten German institutes.
WAO’s speciality is its use of a highly differentiated subject and regional classification and the multilingual European Thesaurus on International Relations and Area Studies, a joint product of European research institutes working in this field.
evolved from the German federal government’s information programmes, which have existed since 1974, and is government financed.

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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