As a political economist, Marvin Zonis has been a keen analyst of the world economy for decades.


Gleacher Center
RM 200
450 Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

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300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage)
$8.00 after 3:00 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday for a 12-hour period
Garage: Self Park Facility
Payment: Automated; at pay-stations by cash or credit card or upon exit pay by credit card only.
To receive discounted rate: There is a card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. You will only need to insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. When you leave the lot you will be charged for the lower $8.00 fee.

Detailed Directions:
Garage is located next to PJ Clarks and below the AMC Theater.
a) When traveling east on Illinois cross over Columbus and enter the Garage on the left (north) side of the street
b) If driving west on Grand (north of Theater), you can enter the garage ½ block before Columbus on the left (south) side of the street.

Event Details

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As a political economist, Marvin Zonis has been a keen analyst of the world economy for decades. During this time, he has witnessed fundamental changes that have upended the conventional wisdom. Are these developments structural and inevitable, or random and opportunistic? Join us as Marvin takes us on a tour of the world and explains how it is changing.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm networking
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm presentation
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm cash bar at The Midway Club


No Charge


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The Leadership Team is expanding. Karl Buschmann, Sheryl Jiang, and Sophia Kholodenko welcome inquiries from Booth alumni who would like to get more involved in running the International Roundtable.

Responsibilities include:
--Regular attendance
--Programming: identifying interesting topics and securing speakers
--Administration: writing publicity, publicizing events through the University and roundtable email distribution list channels, and coordinating with the Alumni Office

Deadline: 10/25/2018

Speaker Profiles

Marvin Zonis (Speaker)
Professor Emeritus, Booth School of Business, The University of Chicago

At Chicago Booth, Marvin Zonis 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 is the recipient of both the Quantrell Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching and the Norman Maclean Award for outstanding contributions to teaching and to the student experience at the University of Chicago.

He consults to corporations and professional asset management firms throughout the world, helping them to identify, assess, and manage their political 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, a fellow of PWC Advisory Services, and also a member of the board of directors of the Fondation Etats Unis.

Zonis has written extensively on globalization, digital technologies, emerging markets, Middle Eastern politics, the oil industry, Russia, and US foreign policy. His writings have been published in numerous newspapers and journals, including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Japanese Nikkei, among others. He is a leading authority on the Middle East and has spent the last 50 years studying the region and Islam. 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. He has lived in Iran, hitchhiked in Afghanistan and Pakistan, studied Islam in Iraq, and has traveled extensively throughout other parts of the region.

He was educated at Yale University, the Harvard Business School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago.


Karl L. Buschmann, '85 


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