A key challenge for policymakers is understanding how other states think about their interests, threat perceptions, and strategic priorities.
Southern Asia is a critical region for U.S. interests and studies of strategic competition.
Policymakers and analysts alike would benefit from a deeper understanding of what motivates and shapes thinking on strategic issues in Southern Asia.
"Text data policy research is not a problem you can just throw a computer at; the quantitative approach has to be complemented with qualitative analysis."
Stimson is using a dataset of literature published in Southern Asia to better understand how influential thinkers and experts address issues of shared concern.
We coded our collection with variables of interest, such as the professional experience of the author, and analyzed the data using a mixed-membership, structural topic modeling approach.
The project is pursuing partnership and advisory relationships, including:
- Next steps with ready tools from the data science community,
- Partners interested in building datasets and diversifying the approach,
- Alternative NLP approaches that are less labor intensive.
Contact: Hannah Haegeland, Research Analyst: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is spear-headed by Hannah Haegeland, Research Analyst in the South Asia program, Sameer Lalwani, Senior Fellow & Director in the South Asia program, and Eyal Hanfling, Research Assistant in the South Asia program.
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