I took this picture of the Texas State Capitol in Austin during my academic visit in Texas

U.S. Statements and Actions on Sanctions, Computer-Assisted-Text Approach

I took this picture of the Texas State Capitol in Austin during my academic visit in Texas

U.S. Statements and Actions on Sanctions, Computer-Assisted-Text Approach

Our project provides a new measure to be used by researchers interested in a complete and exhaustive data set of economic sanctions by the U.S. We use web-scraping and text-analysis techniques to collect a set of government documents where the U.S. Congress or President issued a sanction-related text on foreign nations or entities. We employ supervised machine-learning to identify all documents connected to sanctions-activities by the U.S. and their associated violations. We document the precise nature of the data-gathering process and code for each sanctions case a set of variables that provide comprehensive details, for example, about the senders, targets, issues, measures, conditionality, and trajectory.

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Ashrakat Elshehawy
Doctoral Student

My research interests incorporates prospects of comparative political economy of the Middle East. I focus on aspects related to economic history of state-institutions, local public good provision, informal social-welfare, the political economy of Islamic institutions, with a regional focus of the Middle East. My research also draws on questions about how foreign policy tools, such as economic sanctions, interact with domestic politics. My research also draws on questions about how foreign policy tools, such as economic sanctions, interact with domestic politics. I am also interested in Arabic Text Analysis and investigating aspects of the politics of information using methods of NLP and computational text analysis.

Publications

The United States uses economic sanctions more than any other power, and American policy makers cite human rights issues as the most …

In this paper, we study how Congress makes its voice heard in American foreign policy in the area of economic statecraft. Unlike the …

We use web-scraping and text-analysis techniques to identify cases in which the U.S. government discussed democratization in other …

Talks

We use web-scraping and text-analysis techniques to identify cases in which the U.S. gov- ernment discussed democratization in other …

Quantifying Attention to Foreign Elections with Text Analysis of U.S. Congress and the Presidency: We use web scraping and …

We use web-scraping and text-analysis techniques to identify cases in which the U.S. gov- ernment discussed democratization in other …