In addition to Googling and using the Wikipedia (which are great for getting background info on something new to you, but which should not be cited in a scholarly paper), try these library sources to find background information:
Economic, political, historical, and geographic profiles of territories, countries, and global regions.Includes contact information for political, business, media, and cultural agencies and officials. Coverage: 2006-present.
Digtized versions of books with descriptions and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, and political systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. Coverage: 1986-2004. See also "Country Profiles" published 2005-2008.