In a private dinner, Professor Emeritus Marvin Zonis will share his latest views on the global political developments and their implications for 2020 US Elections.
The world seems unrecognizable. The U.S. berates its European allies and applauds European dictators. It withdraws from global alliances just as rising powers – Russia, China and Iran in particular -- challenge it in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Global trade growth slows dramatically as Germany runs the world's largest current account surplus by far and China's exports continue to fall. Economic growth seems to be slowing everywhere. To assess the consequences of these developments and the implications for the 2020 U.S. presidential elections, Professor Emeritus Marvin Zonis will share his sixty years of global analysis.
Professor Marvin Zonis (Speaker)
Professor Zonis is a leading expert on the global political economy and political risk. 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 Foundation 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 beginning, 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.