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Operational Code Belief System of President Nasser of Egypt, 1952-1970 (ICPSR 7764)

Principal Investigator(s): Selim, Mohammad El-Sayed


This study includes data derived from a content analysis of all publicly available verbal articulations by Egypt's President Nasser made between 1952 and 1970. The 768 documents examined include speeches, books, articles, minutes from open and closed meetings, memoirs, and private conversations. Each document was analyzed by paragraph. Approximately 3,838 paragraphs thus constitute the units of observation in the data. Over half of the 67 variables are devoted to evidence of Nasser's knowledge, sources of knowledge, goals, and philosophical beliefs (e.g., the nature of the political universe, sources of conflict, and the conditions needed for peace). The rest of the variables include characteristics of the document under analysis, type of audience Nasser was addressing, characteristics of adversaries, and domestic and foreign policy issue areas (e.g., military, security, political, economic, and cultural) discussed in the analyzed sources.

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Study Description


Selim, Mohammad El-Sayed. Operational Code Belief System of President Nasser of Egypt, 1952-1970. ICPSR07764-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1980. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07764.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07764.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    beliefs, decision making, diplomacy, domestic policy, economic policy, foreign affairs, foreign policy, ideologies, international conflict, international relations, Nasser, Gamal Abdel, national security, peace, political elites, political history, political leaders, political philosophy, political science, world politics, worldview

Geographic Coverage:    Egypt, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1952--1970

Date of Collection:   

  • 1975--1979

Universe:    All publicly available articulations by Egypt's President Nasser made between 1952 and 1970.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data


Data Source:

(1) speeches, (2) press conferences, (3) press interviews, (4) letters, (5) memoirs/diaries, (6) meeting minutes, (7) books/introductions to books, (8) articles, (9) broadcasts, and (10) private communication

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

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