The State Department helps formulate and implement the President's foreign policy. The Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs advises the Secretary and guides the operation of the U.S. diplomatic establishment in Latin America and the Caribbean. Topics ranging from Arms Control to Women's issues are included in the Issues and Press section. Since the 1994 Summit of the Americas, the State Department has served as the informal secretariat of the process.
Archival electronic material from the Department of State is maintained in the Electronic Research Collection, by the Daley Library at the University of Chicago.
State Department publications with country-specific information include:
International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, issued annually since 1987, this "provides the factual basis for the Presidential narcotics certification determinations for major drug producing and/or drug-transit countries." Reports from 1996 are available.