I am digging this countrycode package in R I just found, written by a UM grad student Vincent Arel-Bundock. Very nice. Thanks!
It would be better if the package could handle failed matches a little more gracefully: e.g.,
when the user was expecting to get back a vector of length 3 (including, possibly, NAs when matches aren’t found). This just needs a little bit of care in the internals of the program, but otherwise this is a nice utility.