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Current and Controversial Topics

This guide will help you find books, articles, and quality internet sources on controversial topics and topics currently in the news.

Congressional Research Service

The Congressional Research Service provides non-partisan information on a variety of important topics for members of the United States Congress in the form of CRS Reports.

Search the Congressional Research Service.

Here is a sampling of the kind of reports they offered during the last week of June, 2020.

  • District of Columbia Statehood and Voting Representation
  • Global Human Rights: International Religious Freedom Policy
  • Iran’s Nuclear Program: Tehran’s Compliance with International Obligations
  • Overview of Recent Anti-Lynching Proposals
  • Bahrain: Unrest, Security, and U.S. Policy
  • Constitutional Authority to Regulate the Privacy of State-Collected Contact-Tracing Data
  • COVID-19: Resources for Tracking Federal Spending
  • EU-Japan FTA: Implications for U.S. Trade Policy
  • Global Democracy and Human Rights Impacts of COVID-19: In Brief
  • Health Insurance Continuation Coverage Under COBRA
  • Larger Businesses and COVID-19: Financial Relief and Assistance Resources
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: Fact Sheet on Leaders and Elections
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: Impact of COVID-19
  • Libya: Conflict, Transition, and U.S. Policy
  • Navy Frigate (FFG[X]) Program: Background and Issues for Congress

Finding Statistics

For more sources of statistics, see our Datasets and Statistics page.

Think Tanks

Think Tanks create policy proposals rooted in research.

However, think tanks (aka policy institutes, or research institutes) typically support particular worldviews and are not bound by the constraints of the scholarly method. They exist to advocate and persuade for certain positions. Think tanks may portray themselves as nonpartisan, or bipartisan, but are rarely see as such by all stakeholders.

Here is a sampling of some of the best known, and most influential think tanks. There are thousands of policy research institutes around the globe.


  1. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (United States)
  2. Bruegel (Belgium)
  3. French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) (France)
  4. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (United States)
  5. Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) (Brazil)
  6. Chatham House (United Kingdom)
  7. International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) (United Kingdom)
  8. Heritage Foundation (United States)
  9. Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) (United States)
  10. Wilson Center, FKA Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar (United States)

The University of Pennsylvania's "2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report" by James G. McGann

Campus Free Speech

Here are some sources addressing campus free speech issues.

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