COLLECTING COUNTRY INFORMATION

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To represent your country accurately, start by trying to answer the following questions:
● What sort of government does your country have?
● What types of ideological learning influence your country’s governance?
● What domestic issues in your country might influence your country’s foreign policy?
● What are some major events in your country’s history?
● Which ethnicities, religions and languages can be found in your country?
● Where is your country located and how does its geography affect its political relationships?
● Which countries share a border with your country?
● Which countries are considered enemies of your country?
● Which countries are considered allies of your country?
● What are the characteristics of your country’s economy?
● What is your country’s Gross Domestic Product?
● When did your country become a member of the UN?
● Does your country belong to any intergovernmental organization out of the UN system? (e.g. – NATO, OPEC etc.)
● Does your country belong to any regional organizations? (e.g. – EU, AU, OAS etc.)
● Does your country belong to any trade organizations or agreements? (e.g. – NAFTA, OECD etc.)

Finding information:
● Look up the website for your country’s permanent mission to the UN. You can also call the mission directly to ask questions or request a position statement on the issue
● Find your county’s voting records and read speeches on the UN website
● Look at the CIA World Fact Book for a general overview of your country
● Check out news and media sources for recent developments in your country
● Read the US State department report on your country.
● Browse UNA-USA’s list of additional Internet sources to help you learn more about your country and its positions.

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