German Information Network International Relations and Area Studies (FIV)


The FIV is a cooperation of 10 independent German research institutes. The FIV provides information for researchers, policymakers, and the general public, thus fulfilling the role of a national information resource, as outlined in the 1974 information programmes of the German federal government.

World Affairs Online (WAO) Database

Collectively produced by FIV members, the WAO database is one of the largest social science databases in Europe and focuses on global, regional, foreign- and security-policy, economic, and social developments. It contains more than 859,000 references, consisting mainly of journal articles, book chapters, and grey literature.

The database represents a concentrated selection of literature in the fields of international relations, regional studies, and area studies with a focus on foreign and security policy and European policy. It was set up with the significant participation of the GIGA IZ. The database achieves a high level of quality through very sophisticated indexing with subject and regional classification and the multilingual European Thesaurus on International Relations and Area Studies (a joint product of European research institutes). The WAO database is accessible via the IREON gateway and additional online portals.

FIV members

German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Institut Franco-Allemand (dfi), German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), Institute for East and South East European Studies (IOS), Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH), German Development Institute (GDI).

The International Relations and Area Studies Gateway (IREON)
IREON provides a central point of access to scholarly literature in the field of international relations and area studies.

What subject fields are covered by IREON?
IREON enables the systematic search for journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, research papers and studies, official publications, relevant books, and international treaties in the following fields:

  • foreign and security policy
  • international cooperation and development policy
  • international economic policy
  • European politics and transatlantic relations
  • regional and country studies
  • foreign cultural policy.

Every title of a search result contains information on the availability of and access to materials. Freely available online literature can be accessed directly from the search results list.

In addition, the IREON gateway provides online access to the multilingual European Thesaurus on International Relations and Area Studies.