• 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 126 sub-dimensions, 199 countries, and, at present, 16 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.

    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 international puzzles facing your organization.


    Latin American states customized map

    Customize the RCII by creating new indexes based on a world region, a cluster of countries, or even your own entirely unique conceptualization, uploading your own data into the tool, or changing weights or missing data thresholds.

    Histogram of GINI coefficient


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


  • 2021 RCII Overall Rankings

  • Leadership

    The RCII Board of Directors 

    Dr. Chris Brown 

    RCII Director

    Dr. Brown is a Principal Senior Lecturer in the department of Political Science at Georgia State University and the Director/Creator of the Robinson Country Intelligence Index (RCII). Dr. Brown is also a course development leader for the innovative and adaptive Global Issues digital learning courseware incorporating the RCII, for which he and his colleagues were awarded the Online Learning Consortium's Digital Learning Innovation Award (2018).

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    David R. Forquer

    Assistant Dean for Executive Programs (Retired)

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Brian Jennings

    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.

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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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    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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  • Research and Development Team

    RCII Managers

    Dr. Jaro Klc 

    Director of Strategic Initiatives

    Jaro manages the technology behind the Robinson Country Intelligence Index.

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    Michael Shea

    RCII Data and Research Consultant

    Michael is responsible for the data contained in the Robinson Country Intelligence Index and is a social studies teacher with Fulton County Public Schools. Michael formerly taught at Georgia State University and Oxford College of Emory. A George M. Sparks Award winner (2017), Michael holds an MA in Political Science, and is currently a PhD candidate. Along with Dr. Brown and colleagues, Michael was awarded the Online Learning Consortium's Digital Learning Innovation Award (2018).

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  • Research Team:

    Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are currently no interns working for the RCII.

  • Previous RCII Interns

  • Internships

    How to get involved

    Undergraduate and Graduate Opportunities

    RCII Interns


    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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  • Contact Us

    The Robinson Country Intelligence Index

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




    Image created by Zach McClellan

    Image created by Zach McClellan

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