The Washington Information Directory (WID) is one of the most historically successful publications at CQ Press. Although it is a “directory,” it has lived in the Library/Annual Edition portfolio because it has a unique profile - it is topically organized, and within the taxonomic structure the relevant organizations are listed not only with contact information but with a brief paragraph describing what the organization (whether government or non-governmental) does related to that topic. It focuses on Washington - in order to be listed, an organization must have an office in the Washington metropolitan area. These descriptions are not boilerplate advertising material from the organizations; rather, they are hand-crafted by a talented freelance research team. In addition, WID pulls together 55 organization charts for federal agencies, congressional resources related to each chapter topic, hotline and contact information for various specific areas of interest (from Food Safety Resources to internships in Washington), and an extensive list of active congressional caucuses and contact details. WID has two appendices, one with thorough information on congresspersons and committees, and the second with governors and embassies.

Regional Affairs

Regional affairs

See also Foreign Embassies, U.S. Ambassadors, and Country Desk Offices (Appendix).


For North Africa, see Near East and South Asia.


Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Africa, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., 20523-4801; (202) 712-0500. Peter Malnak Day, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator.


Advises the USAID administrator on U.S. policy toward developing countries in Africa.

Bureau of African Affairs (State Dept.), 2201 C St. N.W., #6234A, 20520-3430; (202) 647-2530. Fax, (202) 647-6301. Amb. Robert F. Godec, Assistant Secretary (Acting).

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Advises the secretary on U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa. Directors, assigned to different regions in Africa, aid the assistant secretary.

Bureau of African Affairs (State Dept.), Central African Affairs, 2201 C St. N.W., #4244, 20520-2902; (202) 663-6491. Fax, (202) 647-1726. Margaret Bond, ...

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