U.S. Government Information
There is a variety of information published on the Internet by the Department
of State and the United States Government.
The general history of recognitions and relations between the United States
found on the Office of the Historian’s Countries Recognition and Relations
The Department of State also provides country-specific Background Notes for
which are updated regularly.
General background studies are available for
[Laos](http://memory.loc.gov/frd/cs/latoc.html) through the
Library of Congress’s Country Studies website.