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
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.
Ana Raquel Martin
Ana is a second-year PhD student at Georgia State University, studying Political Science with a concentration in Statistics and Research Methodology.
Lead Application Developer
Shad Sterling is a Lead Application Developer for Instructional Innovation and Technology at Georgia State University, and is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science.
Pedro is an undergraduate senior at Emory University and an affiliate student in both the University College London and Sciences Po in Paris. He is pursuing a double major in Political Science and French with a concentration in International Affairs.
Katie is a senior at Oglethorpe University. She is a double major in Economics and Philosophy with a concentration in Economic Policy.
Liana Shahapy is senior at Georgia State University. She is a business economics major and minoring in political science.
Sally is a junior focused in Public Administration, policies, and governance in the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University.
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
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