CIA World Leaders

An index of most national-level cabinet members in world governments that is publicly maintained by the CIA.

From the CIA web site:

The CIA publishes and updates the online directory of World Leaders and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments weekly. The directory is intended to be used primarily as a reference aid and includes as many governments of the world as is considered practical, some of them not officially recognized by the United States. Regimes with which the United States has no diplomatic exchanges are indicated by the initials NDE. Governments are listed according to the most commonly used version of each country’s name. The spelling of the personal names in this directory follows transliteration systems generally agreed upon by US Government agencies, except in the cases in which officials have stated a preference for alternate spellings of their names.

NOTE: Although the head of the central bank is listed for each country, in most cases he or she is not a Cabinet member. Ambassadors to the United States and Permanent Representatives to the UN, New York, have also been included.

Data overview

Entity types:
199 countries · Show overview...
Publisher:Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) (United States)
Collections:in OpenSanctions Default · Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)
Source data:www.cia.gov · JSON
Last changed:
Last checked: · updated daily

Bulk download

Downloads contain the full set of entities contained in this dataset. You can fetch a simplified tabular form, or detailed, structured data in JSON format. Updated files will be provided once a day at the same location.

File nameExport typeSize
entities.ftm.jsonFollowTheMoney entities7.49 MB
names.txtTarget names text file237.12 KB
senzing.jsonSenzing entity format8.68 MB
statistics.jsonDataset statistics17.83 KB
targets.nested.jsonTargets as nested JSON7.45 MB
targets.simple.csvTargets as simplified CSV1,004.81 KB

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Using the API

You can query the data in this dataset via the application programming interface (API) endpoints below. Please read the introduction for documentation and terms of service.

Use the Reconciliation API in OpenRefine:
For full-text search, use the /search endpoint:
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Recent additions

The following targeted entities have been added to this data source most recently:

Mokhtar DIDOUCHEPersonAlgeria
Muhammad Abdul MuhithPersonBangladesh
Abdelhak SAIHIPersonAlgeria
Ahmed BIDANIPersonAlgeria
Ali AOUNPersonAlgeria
Ali BADAOUIPersonAlgeria
Faiza DAHLEBPersonAlgeria
Faycal BENTALEBPersonAlgeria
Kamel BIDARIPersonAlgeria
Tayeb ZITOUNIPersonAlgeria
Yacine OUALIDPersonAlgeria
Youcef CHORFAPersonAlgeria
A.H. Mahmood ALIPersonBangladesh
Abdur RAHMANPersonBangladesh
Abdus SALAMPersonBangladesh