About the RCII
The RCII is a unique, interactive tool which incorporates four broad dimensions: Governance, Economics, Operations, and Society (GEOS). Within this holistic framework, the RCII encompasses 88 sub-dimensions, 199 countries, and, at present, 11 years of data. The tool’s interactive dashboard and multifaceted applications complement and offer advantages over other risk indexes. Drawing on over 500,000 data points from more than 30 sources, the RCII provides a dynamic new instrument for students, educators, researchers, and practitioners.
Tell a story by starting the conversation with the numbers! Examine change over time. Use the RCII to tackle class assignments, research questions, or internationalization puzzles facing your organization.
2016 RCII Overall Rankings
The RCII Board of Directors
Dr. Chris Brown
David R. Forquer
Assistant Dean for Executive Programs
Ambassador Charles Shapiro
President of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta
Dr. Richard Phillips
Dean of the Robinson College of Business
Dr. S. Tamer Cavusgil
Executive Director, CIBER
Dr. Cavusgil is the Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Chair with the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and directs the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).
Chief Innovation Officer
Dr. Carrie Manning
Department Chair, Political Science
Jacobus F. Boers
Assistant Dean for International Engagement
Research and Development Team
Michael Shea, M.A.
RCII Research Team Manager
Michael manages the Research Team for the Robinson Country Intelligence Index at the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and is a PhD candidate at Georgia State University, focusing on Human Rights and Comparative Politics. As part of his graduate work, Michael has traveled extensively, studying in Cuba, France, India, and Ireland.
Dr. Jaro Klc
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Ula is a graduate student at Georgia State University. She is pursuing two Master’s Degrees in Statistics and Mathematical Risk Management.
Duncan is a graduating senior at Georgia State University. He is a Political
Science student, with a concentration in International Affairs.
Deanna is a junior at Georgia State University. She is double
majoring in Political Science, with a concentration in International
Affairs, and Computer Information Systems.
Brian is a senior at Georgia State University. He is a Political Science major, with a concentration in International Affairs.
Olivia is a rising junior at Emory University in Atlanta. She is an International Studies major, with a concentration in Political Economy, and an Economics minor.
Nathan is a rising sophomore at Sewanee: The University of the South. He is planning on majoring either in Politics or Economics with a minor in Spanish
How to get involved
Undergraduate and Graduate Opportunities
Programs and Research Positions Available
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta, a non-profit, non-partisan organization affiliated with the Washington, D.C.-based World Affairs Councils of America and Georgia State University, anticipates accepting graduate and undergraduate students as Research Associates and Research Assistants each academic semester. Many Council interns are part of the research team working on the Robinson Country Intelligence Index (RCII), while others are part of the program and membership team working on events and membership operations. All interns should have a strong interest in political-economic leadership, country risk, “emerging markets,” corporate social responsibility, and, more broadly, the major global issues of the 21st century.
Candidates should also have excellent computer skills and be highly motivated and creative, with the ability to work on multiple tasks. Expectations include a commitment of a minimum of 16 hours per week (20 preferred). The internship is unpaid, but those accepted may be eligible for course credit as determined by their academic department. If interested, please send a cover letter, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation to Dr. Chris Brown and Mrs. Henna Rennie at the address below. Applications may also be submitted electronically. Applications can be made at any time, but review of applications for each semester begins as follows: Summer—March 15; Fall—August 1; Spring— October 15.
Dr. Chris Brown and Mrs. Henna Rennie
GSU Buckhead Center
Tower Place 200, Suite 300
3348 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30326