U. S. Department of State
Web site provides numerous links:
Background Notes on a country's land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and its relations with other countries and the United States.
Daily press briefings (transcripts)
Foreign Relations of the United States
This series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. Selective coverage of volumes from the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations are being put on the Internet.