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Humanitarian Information Unit

The mission of the Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU) is to serve as a U.S. Government interagency center to identify, collect, analyze, and disseminate all-source information critical to U.S. Government decision-makers and partners in preparation for and response to humanitarian emergencies worldwide, and to promote innovative technologies and best practices for humanitarian information management.

To accomplish this mission, the HIU performs the following tasks:

  • Identifies key sources of geospatial and georeferenced data best suited to meet the information requirements of our consumers;
  • Collects timely, verifiable, and relevant data utilizing an extensive network of information partnerships;
  • Analyzes data using multi-agency expertise and applying proven technologies to determine significant trends and relationships; and
  • Disseminates information of value to all levels of consumers, from national-level policymakers to operational field managers.

The HIU is part of the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State. Its staff is composed of personnel from the U.S. Department of State (DoS), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of Defense (DoD), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and other technical and specialist personnel.

For further information, contact:

Director, Humanitarian Information Unit
Department of State
2025 E St., NW, Suite NE5-037
Washington, DC 20522
Telephone: (202) 634-0341
Fax: (202) 634-0380
E-mail: hiu_info@state.gov
Website: https://hiu.state.gov (Note: Some areas of the site are accessible to/meant for internal users only.)

Title VIII Grant Program

INR administers the Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union) known as “Title VIII.”  This Program provides funding for graduate-level research and foreign language training to U.S. scholars and students for the study of Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union). Title VIII maintains U.S. expertise in these regions and brings open source, policy-relevant research to the service of the U.S. government. Title VIII grants are awarded through an open, national competition among eligible applicant organizations. Authority for this Program is contained in the Soviet-Eastern European Research and Training Act of 1983 (22 U.S.C. 4501-4508, as amended).

Grants.gov  is a central storehouse for information on federal government grant programs. For information on Title VIII research and language study opportunities please email: TitleVIII@state.gov. For information on other Department of State funded language study programs go to: https://studyabroad.state.gov/languages

Independent States and Dependencies

The Bureau of Intelligence and Research maintains a list of Independent States in the World and a list of Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty. These lists provide the short-form and long-form names, two-letter country code, and capital or administrative center for countries and dependencies. The independent states list indicates whether a state has diplomatic relations with the U.S. and whether the state is a member of the United Nations. The dependencies list indicates which state has sovereignty.

05/30/18 Independent States in the World
03/07/17 Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty

Analytic Exchanges

INR’s Analytic Exchange Program convenes leading experts from academia, think tanks, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private industry worldwide to participate in analytic exchanges. The Office of Analytic Outreach (AO) tailors analytic exchanges to align with and contribute to Department of State and Intelligence Community (IC) analytic and policy priorities. AO analytic exchanges offer new perspectives and analytical insights to thousands of IC analysts and U.S. Executive Branch policy makers. Analytic exchanges prepare State Department officials at all levels, including undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, and ambassadors, to formulate and advance U.S. foreign policy. All AO analytic exchanges are for USG Executive Branch officials. They are off-the-record and not for attribution to ensure an environment conducive to candid discussion. For more information about analytic exchanges, please email: INRAnalyticOutreach@state.gov

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