• Robinson Country Intelligence Index

    Governance, Economics, Operations, and Society

  • P-5 radar chart of GEOS

    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 102 sub-dimensions, 199 countries, and, at present, 13 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 and more than 30 sources, the RCII provides a dynamic new instrument for students, educators, researchers, and practitioners.

    Unemployment rates advanced bar of PIGS


    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.


    Latin American states customized map

    Customize the RCII by creating new indexes based on a world region or a unique cluster of countries, changing the variable weights, or adjusting the tolerance for missing data.

    Histogram of GINI coefficient


    Visualize data with interactive tables, maps, histograms, and a wide variety of charts.


  • 2017 RCII Overall Rankings

  • Leadership

    The RCII Board of Directors 

    Dr. Chris Brown 

    RCII Director

    Dr. Brown is a Senior Lecturer of Political Science at Georgia State University and the Vice President for Research and Analysis at the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.

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    David R. Forquer

    Assistant Dean for Executive Programs

    Mr. Forquer is the Assistant Dean for Executive Programs and a Lecturer with the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

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    Ambassador Charles Shapiro 

    President of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta

    Ambassador Shapiro is the President of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and a Senior Lecturer with the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

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    Dr. Richard Phillips 

    Dean of the Robinson College of Business 

    Dr. Phillips is the Dean and C.V. Starr Professor of Risk Management and Insurance at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

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    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).

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    Phil Ventimiglia 

    Chief Innovation Officer 

    Mr. Ventimiglia is Georgia State University's first Chief Innovation Officer and oversees the Center for Instructional Innovation as well as Information Systems and Technology.

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    Jacobus F. Boers

    Assistant Dean for International Engagement

    Mr. Boers is a Senior Lecturer at Georgia State University and the

    Assistant Dean for International Engagement with the Robinson College of Business.

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    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).

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    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.

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  • Research and Development Team

    RCII Managers

    Michael Shea

    RCII Research Team Manager

    Michael manages the Research Team for the RCII at the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and is a PhD candidate at Georgia State University, focusing on Human Rights and Comparative Politics. In 2017 Michael won the George M. Sparks Award for exemplifying a "willingness to go the extra mile with good humor and perseverance."

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    Dr. Jaro Klc 

    Director of Strategic Initiatives

    Jaro manages the technology behind the Robinson Country Intelligence Index.

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  • Research Team

    Shad Sterling

    Lead Application Developer

    Shad is a Lead Application Developer for Instructional Innovation and Technology at Georgia State University, and is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science.

    Anastasia Vishnevskaya

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Anastasia is a graduate student in the Political Science Department at Georgia State University.

    Armando Tovar

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Armando is a graduate student at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He is earning a Master of Public Policy with a focus on global studies. He hopes to incorporate the skills learned at the World Affairs Council and RCII in contributing to data-driven policy decisions.

    Shehzad Rafiq

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Shehzad is a master student at Georgia State University studying Economics with concentration in Econometrics and Data Analytics.

    Brandon Sim

    Undergraduate Researcher

    Brandon is enrolled in the 4 +1 Dual Degree Program at Georgia State University, majoring in Political Science. Brandon is concentrating in International Affairs, and is working towards a career in foreign policy or global security intelligence.

    Elliott Allan

    Undergraduate Researcher

    Elliott attends The University of the South where he majors in Economics and minors in Finance.

  • Previous RCII Interns

  • Internships

    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.


    Beginning in Fall of 2017, The GEOS Fellowship will be available on a limited basis. The GEOS Fellowship is a $1000 stipend per semester for eligible Georgia State University Political Science and Robinson College of Business (RCB) students. The fellowship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students must be in junior standing by the start of the fellowship. All applicants must have a major GPA of 3.5 or above, and must be able to work a minimum of 17 hours per week (20 preferred). A total of four fellows will be selected each semester. Interested applicants must complete the GEOS Fellowship Application along with general application materials.


    Candidates, whether applying for the GEOS Fellowship or not, 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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    The Robinson Country Intelligence Index

    GSU Buckhead Center
    Tower Place 200, Suite 300
    3348 Peachtree Rd. NE
    Atlanta, GA 30326




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