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 114 sub-dimensions, 199 countries, and, at present, 15 years of data. The tool’s interactive dashboard and multifaceted applications complement and offer advantages over other risk indexes. Drawing on over one million data points from more than 40 sources, the RCII provides a dynamic 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 international puzzles facing your organization.
2020 RCII Overall Rankings
The RCII Board of Directors
Dr. Chris Brown
Dr. Brown is a Senior Lecturer of Political Science at Georgia State University and the Director of the Robinson Country Intelligence Index (RCII). Dr. Brown is also a course development leader for the innovative, adaptive Global Issues digital learning course ware incorporating the RCII, for which he and his team were awarded the Online Learning Consortium's Digital Learning Innovation Award in 2018.
David R. Forquer
Assistant Dean for Executive Programs (Retired)
Dr. Richard Phillips
Dean of the Robinson College of Business
Chief Innovation Officer
Dr. Michael Herb
Department Chair, Political Science
Michael Herb is Chair and Professor of Political Science Department. He is the author of The Wages of Oil: Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE (Cornell University Press, 2014) and All in the Family: Absolutism, Revolution, and Democracy in the Middle Eastern Monarchies (State University of New York Press, 1999).
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Executive Education
Brian Jennings brings a deep understanding of the graduate management education landscape to Robinson. He served as associate dean of Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business for 9 years, with overall responsibility for the school’s three MBA offerings and non-degree executive education portfolio. Prior to coming to Atlanta, he spent 5 years at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School developing academic partnerships with global Fortune-class companies. Brian had an extensive 18-year career in the technology consulting industry as well, working for firms such as Accenture, PwC and IBM. Brian is a competitive tennis player, and enjoys spending time with his family in Alpharetta. In his limited spare time, Brian watches college sports and experiments with his Big Green Egg smoker.
Dr. Carrie Manning
Professor, Political Science
Dr. Carrie Manning is Professor of the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of three books and more than two dozen journal articles and contributions to edited volumes. Her most recent book, Costly Democracy: Building Democracy after Civil War (Stanford University Press, 2013), coauthored with Christoph Zurcher and others, seeks to explain success and failure in post-conflict democratization using a cross-regional comparison of nine countries.
Jacobus F. Boers
Assistant Dean for International Engagement
Research and Development Team
RCII Data and Research Manager
Michael is responsible for collecting, cleaning, and verifying the data contained in the Robinson Country Intelligence Index. Michael is also an Instructor in the Political Science Department at Georgia State University. A George M. Sparks Award winner, Michael holds an M.A. in Political Science, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate writing his dissertation on comparative human rights norms and same-sex marriage.
Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are currently no interns working for the RCII.
How to get involved
Undergraduate and Graduate Opportunities
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 interns 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 RCII interns should have a strong interest in political-economic leadership, country risk, global and data literacy, 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 email a cover letter, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation to the email address below. 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.
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