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FIV - The German Information Network International Relations and Area Studies offers joint information products for government bodies, FIV member institutes and the general public. In addition to these, member institutes also offer specialised products, including bibliographies, readers, link lists and other information services for their own users.

Joint information products

IREON - The International Relations and Area Studies Gateway provides a central point of access to all relevant bibliographic information in the field. It is possible to carry out simultaneous searches in various databases.
To improve the availability of these information services in non-German-speaking countries, FIV has produced a multilingual thesaurus in cooperation with several European research organisations: European Thesaurus on International Relations and Area Studies.
To facilitate effective searching in World Affairs Online, FIV has developed its own classification system for international relations and area studies:
Access to World Affairs Online through German and international hosts
Access to parts of World Affairs Online in the virtual libraries ilissAfrica, vifanord, Virtual Library of Anglo-American Culture and History


Information products of FIV Member-Institutes

Details of the information products of individual FIV-Institutes can be found here:

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.
History of the FIV

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