Dr. Marvin Zonis - AEI Speakers Bureau

Dr. Marvin Zonis Biography

Dr. Marvin Zonis

Marvin Zonis is an Emeritus Professor at Booth where he taught courses on the International Political Economy, Political Risk, and Business Leadership. He was the first professor at the Business School to teach a course on the effects of digital technologies on global business. He was given the Norman Maclean Award in 2013 for outstanding contributions to teaching and to the student experience.

He also consults and gives speeches to corporations and professional asset management firms throughout the world on Leadership, as well as on Political Risk, helping them to identify, assess and manage their risks in the changing global environment.

He is a member of the Board of Advisers for the Comptroller General of the United States at the GAO, the Board of Directors of CNA Financial and a Fellow of PWC Advisory Services.

Zonis has spoken and written extensively on globalization, digital technologies, emerging markets, Middle Eastern politics, the oil industry, Russia, and U.S. foreign policy. He is a leading authority on the Middle East and has spent the last 55 years studying Islam and the Middle East. He is the former director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago and former president of the American Institute of Iranian Studies.

His books include Risk Rules: How Local Politics Threaten the Global Economy, co-author (May 2011) ; The Kimchi Matters: Global Business and Local Politics in a Crisis Driven World; co-author; Majestic Failure: The Fall of the Shah; and The Political Elite of Iran.

He was educated at Yale University, the Harvard Business School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a Ph.D. in Political Science and the Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago, where he received psychoanalytic training.

Dr. Marvin Zonis Topics

  • Leadership Challenges in the International Political Economy
  • Old Foreign Policy Challenges and New Foreign Policy Risks: Prospects for Business
  • Unraveling the Fundamental Changes in Global Economic & Political Dynamics: Oil Prices, Recession, Demography and Capital Flows
  • The Globalization of Crime and Its Effect on International Business
  • What Must Countries Do to Get Rich?
  • The Return of Geo-Political Risk and Its Effect on Global Markets
  • China Confronts the US in Asia -- The most Serious Threat to World Peace
  • Putin and the Glorification of Russia
  • Signing Up With Iran: What will the Future Be Like with the Nuclear Deal?
  • Will There Be an Israel in 25 Years?
  • The 'Islamic State': Will the Barbarians Triumph


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