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.

Recently, our paper decscribing the data and making it available, has been conditionally accepted at the Journal of Peace Research. You can read it on SSRN here https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3790866.

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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, and 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. I am extremely interested in investigating aspects of the politics of information using methods of NLP and computational text analysis.

Publications

Prior scholarship on the role of the U.S. Congress in sanctions policy making has highlighted how sanctions legislating is shaped by …

Though centralized enforcement of global human rights standards is weak, powerful states can act unilaterally to punish rights …

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 …