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The directory below organizes executive-level business forums by region.

The focus is on those which often organize events related to foreign policy, international relations, global markets and trade, political and economic risk analysis, and other international business development issues.  We may also list some state trade offices, such as those engaged in trade promotion missions.  Locally-focused groups such as chambers of commerce may be listed in our regional or state directories along with local economic development organizations.  See our Invest USA or other directories.

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.  The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives and advisors for quick reference across regions.

There are often many other locally-focused business networking groups in any major city, but those are not the focus of this particular directory of those with more global interests.

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Global organizations (see also : Multilateral and Humanitarian and Philanthropic ) See also : Associations & Publishers  Research resources  Event Recall - trade shows
The World Economic Forum - and WorldLink magazine -  Knowledge Navigator includes a section with articles on foreign direct investment, country studies, etc. 

Refer also to the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, set up by Klaus Schwab

Milken Institute - Global Conference in Los Angeles - April 24-26, 2006
Clinton Global Initiative
Global Philanthropy Forum
US National organizations (see US Government and Associations below) See also : Governmental Services including multilateral organizations (World Bank, etc.)
Business Roundtable - and new S.E.E. Change initiative to promote Social responsibility, improve the Environment and grow the Economy
Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy - forum of CEO's and chairmen with international interests including support of the South Asia Earthquake Relief Fund
National Association of Manufacturers - NAM   see also : National Manufacturing Week trade show
National Strategy Forum
US Council for International Business
US Northeast Region         Directory suggestions are welcome Economic Development Directory - Northeast contacts - NY  CT  MA RI  ME  NH  VT
Connecticut Connecticut Economic Development Directory
Maine Maine Economic Development Directory
World Affairs Council of Maine
Massachusetts Massachusetts Economic Development Directory
World Affairs Council of Boston
World Trade Center Boston  
New Hampshire New Hampshire Economic Development Directory
World Affairs Council of New Hampshire
New York New York Economic Development Directory
Council on Foreign Relations - New York and Washington DC - very useful website for research and news about specific issues or regions
Foreign Policy Association
World Affairs Council of Long Island
Rhode Island Rhode Island Economic Development Directory
Vermont Vermont Economic Development Directory
US Mid-Atlantic Region        Directory suggestions are welcome Economic Development Directory - Mid-Atlantic contacts - PA  NJ  MD  VA  DC  DE  WV  NC
Washington DC Washington DC - District of Columbia Economic Development Directory
Council on Foreign Relations - New York and Washington DC
World Affairs Council - Washington DC
Greater Washington Board of Trade - and the Greater Washington Initiative
Brazil-US Business Council
Delaware Delaware - see Mid-Atlantic contacts directory
Maryland Maryland Economic Development Directory
New Jersey New Jersey Economic Development Directory
North Carolina North Carolina Economic Development Directory
Charlotte World Affairs Council
Triad World Affairs Council - Greensboro NC - at Greensboro College
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Economic Development Directory
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
World Affairs Council of Reading and Berks County
Virginia Virginia Economic Development Directory
World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads - Virginia Beach VA
West Virginia West Virginia Economic Development Directory
US Southeast Region        Directory suggestions are welcome Economic Development Directory - Southeast contacts - SC  GA  FL  AL  MS  TN  PR
Alabama Alabama Economic Development Directory
Florida Florida Economic Development Directory
Georgia Georgia Economic Development Directory
Southern Center for International Studies
Mississippi Mississippi Economic Development Directory
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Economic Development Directory
Tennessee Tennessee Economic Development Directory
South Carolina South Carolina Economic Development Directory
Columbia World Affairs Council
US Great Lakes Region        Directory suggestions are welcome Economic Development Directory - Great Lakes contacts - KY  MI  OH  IN  IL  WI  MN
Illinois Illinois Economic Development Directory    Illinois Professional Services Directory
Chicago Council on Foreign Relations - and The Global Chicago Center
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
The Executives Club of Chicago - many events on international relations and world trade
The Economic Club of Chicago
International Trade Club of Chicago
World Trade Center Chicago
World Business Chicago 
Young Executives Club of Chicago
Illinois Trade Office - trade promotion
Indiana Indiana Economic Development Directory
World Trade Club of Indiana - Indianapolis
Kentucky Kentucky Economic Development Directory
Michigan Michigan Economic Development Directory
Detroit Council for World Affairs - Wayne State University - Center for Peace and Conflict Studies
World Affairs Council of Western Michigan - Grand Rapids MI
Minnesota Minnesota Economic Development Directory
Minneapolis International Center
Minnesota Trade Office - Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Ohio Ohio Economic Development Directory
Columbus Council on World Affairs
Dayton Council on World Affairs
World Affairs Council of Cleveland
Wisconsin Wisconsin Economic Development Directory
Institute of World Affairs - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
US North Central Region        Directory suggestions are welcome Economic Development Directory - North Central contacts - IA  KS  NE  MO  ND  SD
Iowa Iowa Economic Development Directory
Kansas Kansas Economic Development Directory
Missouri Missouri Economic Development Directory
International Relations Council - Kansas City MO
World Affairs Council of St. Louis
Nebraska Nebraska Economic Development Directory
North Dakota North Dakota - see North Central contacts directory
South Dakota South Dakota  - see North Central contacts directory
US South Central Region        Directory suggestions are welcome Economic Development Directory - South Central contacts - TX  OK  LA  AR
Arkansas Arkansas Economic Development Directory
Louisiana Louisiana Economic Development Directory
Oklahoma Oklahoma Economic Development Directory
Texas Texas Economic Development Directory
Dallas Council on World Affairs
World Affairs Council of Greater Fort Worth
World Affairs Council of San Antonio
US Mountain Region        Directory suggestions are welcome Economic Development Directory - Mountain contacts - AZ  NM  CO  UT  WY  ID  MT
Arizona Arizona Economic Development Directory

World Affairs Council of Arizona
Colorado Colorado Economic Development Directory
Idaho Idaho Economic Development Directory
Montana Montana Economic Development Directory
New Mexico New Mexico Economic Development Directory
Utah Utah Economic Development Directory
Wyoming Wyoming Economic Development Directory
US West Coast Region        Directory suggestions are welcome Economic Development Directory - West Coast - CA  NV  OR  WA  AK/HI
Alaska Alaska - see West Coast regional contacts directory
Juneau World Affairs Council
California California Economic Development Directory
Los Angeles World Affairs Council
World Affairs Council of Sacramento, California
World Affairs Council of Ventura County
World Without War Council - Berkeley CA
Hawaii Hawaii  - see West Coast regional contacts directory
Pacific and Asian Affairs Council - Honolulu Hawaii  
Oregon Oregon Economic Development Directory
Nevada Nevada Economic Development Directory
Washington Washington Economic Development Directory
World Affairs Council - Seattle
Canada        Directory suggestions are welcome Economic Development Directory - Canada - Ontario - Quebec - Atlantic - Western
Ontario Ontario Economic Development Directory
Quebec Quebec Economic Development Directory
Atlantic Canada  
Western Canada  
Vancouver Board of Trade - known for local business community networking and guest speaker programs, and actively engaged in the plans for the 2010 Winter Olympics
Mexico        Directory suggestions are welcome Economic Development Directory - Mexico
Europe        Directory suggestions are welcome Economic Development Directory - Invest in Europe
European Union  
United Kingdom - England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland  
Chatham House - The Royal Institute of International Affairs in London is now referred to as Chatham House.  It addresses political, business, security and other international issues.
UK Trade & Investment (formerly known as the Invest in Britain Bureau and as Invest UK)  (for USA)

Directory suggestions for other regions of the world are welcome  
Other research sources and service providers of potential relevance See also : Research resources  Event Recall - trade shows  Associations & Publishers
International and business news media See also : Research sources - including PR or article searches and business databases
World News Connection (WNC) - US Department of Commerce - National Technical Information Service - subscription service for online translations of local media content for most countries as provided by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service - FBIS.  The content is available to search through Dialog on a paid subscription basis.  - for subscription requests

BBC World Service, and Global Business Programme  
The Financial Times often publishes supplemental reports about particular countries or industries and about FDI.  FDI Magazine is produced by FT Business
Country Watch international news alerts
US Government research sources  
Central Intelligence Agency, CIA World Factbook
Export-Import Bank of the United States (Eximbank)
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
US Department of State Foreign Affairs Network - includes Background Notes and Country Commercial Guides - often found on US Embassy websites with other useful local content 
US Department of State - list of websites of US Embassies and other diplomatic missions
US AID - Agency for International Development
Stat-USA, source for various US government publications such as the National Trade Data Bank, Country Commercial Guides, etc.
Information USA - US Department of State International Information Programs

US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Trade Information Center - 1(800)USA-TRADE   The website consolidates many sources of US Government information related to trade and investment.  You must now register to access country reports such as the Country Commercial Guides through  Link to register

US Department of Commerce Bureau of Export Administration
US Department of the Treasury - includes regional international economists
Multilateral Organizations - including non-governmental See also : Humanitarian and Philanthropic services
Development Gateway - links to many sources of information about development issues
OECD - Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development
UNICEF - The United Nations Children's Fund    US : Friend of UNICEF
UN World Food Programme        US : Friends of WFP
UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees      US :
The World Bank - publishes many useful research reports.   Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) publishes FDI Xchange and PrivatizationLink.  IPAnet is for investment promotion agencies, especially in developing countries.  FDI Promotion Center assists developing countries with marketing resources.

World Trade Organization
EuroStat - European Union
Business Associations and Chambers of Commerce

See also : Invest USA and Invest in Europe state and country directories for local chambers

In other regions, refer to "other resources" at the bottom of the regional contact directories

International Chamber of Commerce
US Chamber of Commerce
The Conference Board
The Business Roundtable
World Trade Centers Association
Organization for International Investment
Partners for the Americas
American Society of Association Executives - links to many types of associations
Professional Associations  
AFSA - American Foreign Service Association - professional association for US diplomats - the Foreign Service Journal is basically written for the membership, but this magazine reaches a larger audience and shares diverse views about current issues in US foreign policy
Public Diplomacy - by USIA Alumni Association (US Information Agency)
Coalition for American Leadership Abroad (COLEAD) - with links related to US foreign affairs institutions
Magazine Publishers  
fDi - Foreign Direct Investment - Financial Times group
Far Eastern Economic Review (Dow Jones) 
Foreign Affairs magazine - foreign policy, with more governmental than business focus
Foreign Policy magazine - note related publications such as the Globalization Report prepared with A.T.Kearney, and the Insiders Guide to Global Research on the Web

Global Finance magazine - frequent features about leading banks, and special country reports about political - economic and finance issues
The Globalist - online features on global economy, politics, history, culture
Market research, country reports, political-economic risk analysis services See also : Human resources services, including executive search, relocation, compensation
Business Monitor International - Emerging Markets Online - macroeconomic research on many countries, subscription
Citigate Global Intelligence : risk mitigation, part of Incepta Group (financial communications and PR)  - Citigate Global World Watch® offers travel safety and intelligence information on countries and cities, and there is also a Daily Global Risk Alert service to monitor news about security incidents worldwide

World Watch

The Economist Intelligence Unit, publishes market research for subscribers

International Risk - investigative, business intelligence, risk mitigation, brand protection, corporate security and crisis management services, supply chain integrity, employee integrity, brand & IP protection - international security issues and significant events
PricewaterhouseCoopers "Doing Business In ..." - series of published country reports

The PRS Group - Political Risk Services -  International Country Risk Guide - Country Data
World Compliance, Inc. - focus is on 'know your client" risks - political risks, fraud, terrorism, etc. - which can be particularly important in the context of Sarbanes-Oxley and other governance or compliance issues
Travel Advisories - travel warnings, visa requirements, health warnings  
British Foreign & Commonwealth Office - country advice for British travelers
US Department of State - Consular Information Sheets - information on travel requirements for entry by US travelers into other countries, travel warnings, currency regulations, health issues, etc.


US Center for Disease Control & Prevention - health advisories
Academic research on diplomacy, foreign relations, and international business  
American Diplomacy - quarterly journal by University of North Carolina Diplomacy Department
Georgetown Journal of International Affairs - from the Edmund A. Walsh School of the Foreign Service at Georgetown University
World Competitiveness Yearbook, published by IMD business school 
National and international policy research, "think tanks", lobbyists / activists See also : Humanitarian and Philanthropic services
Brookings Institution Press
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Ethics & International Affairs - journal from the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs
The Heritage Foundation for Policy Research and Analysis
Middle East Policy Council
Transparency International
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