Learn about your topic: discover main issues, key players and organizations, theoretical frameworks, pros and cons, etc.
Use the International Relations Bibliography to learn about your research topic. Popular bibliographies include Human Rights, Counterinsurgency, Genocides, and Conflict Resolution.
Policy File Index Reports from think tanks and research organizations.
These are examples of discipline-specific encyclopedias. Use these resources to find overviews which cover major aspects of a topic and highlight key issues related to that topic.