Some web sites for researching on Russia, Romania, Turkey and the Philippines

National Geographic
 Country overview.
UN InfoNation

Compare statistics of countries.
UN Countries at a Glance
 Information on economy, health, 
environment, technology, recent news...
Individual Countries Missions to the UN
Each country maintains this 
site differently, but you can find things like mission statements ex 
Phillipines, record of participation in peacekeeping ex Romania, 
positions on issues ex Turkey. A good way to understand a country's  priorities.