These sources provide country profiles, including the current political, economic, and social environments:
Economist Intelligence Unit: Country Reports (The Economist)
BBC News: (scroll down to the bottom of page to view Country Profiles)
Freedom House reports (annual), including:
Human Development Reports (United Nations)
OECD iLibrary: Browse by topic and country or choose Statistics
International Country Risk Guide Annual (7 volume set): access via International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Centre database > search "International Country Risk Guide Annual"