Llewellyn D. Howell, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of International Management
Areas of Expertise: 

Political and country risk assessment & analysis, Political risk management & insurance, Regional business environment in Asia/Pacific, Regional business environment in North America, Terrorism and political violence and their effects on foreign investment, Homeland security, U.S. foreign policy, Conflict in Iraq & Afghanistan, Cross-cultural communications with an emphasis on Asia, Quantitative political analysis.


Country and Political Risk Analysis, Regional Business Environment: North America, Regional Business Environment: Asia, Quantitative Analysis for International Relations, US Foreign Policy

Professional Bio: 

Dr. Howell is Emeritus Professor of International Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Since 1991 he has been the International Affairs Editor of USA Today, The Magazine of the American Scene, published by the Society for the Advancement of Education. He has worked for more than fifty years in the fields of foreign policy and international relations. He began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaya (1963-65), and has worked at assignments at the Department of State (INR/SEA), the Foreign Service Institute, the Department of Defense (OSD/PAE), the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Office (INTAN and IDFR), Singapore Technologies, and Third Point Systems, a private defense contractor. Dr. Howell is currently Senior Adviser Emeritus for Methodology for The PRS Group, Inc., a political risk consulting firm, and has worked in various capacities with PRS since 1979.

He has taught primarily at three institutions: the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Hilo, The American University in Washington, D.C., and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. Dr. Howell has taught in the areas of political risk assessment, Southeast Asian and North American history, cultures, and politics, American foreign policy, and research and analytical methodology. He was Director of the University of Hawaii’s Executive MBA Program in Hanoi, Vietnam (2001-2003).

He has been a Fulbright Scholar to Malaysia (civil service training at The National Institute of Public Administration in Kuala Lumpur) and India (a course on American Foreign Policy at the American Studies Center in Hyderabad). He spent his last sabbatical year (1999-2000) at Harvard University as a PONSACS Associate Faculty Fellow working on a book on political risk and another on American foreign policy.  

Dr. Howell is author/editor of The Handbook of Country and Political Risk Analysis, now in its 5th edition (2013), Political Risk Assessment: Concept, Method, and Management (2nd edition, 2008), The North American Business Environment (2010), and ten other books and monographs. He has more than 225 book chapters, professional journal articles, magazine, and newspaper publications.  

Dr. Howell is currently at work on two books, Troubled Waters: U.S. Foreign Policy at the End of the American Century and Race, Culture, and Foreign Policy: A Malaysia Case Study. He speaks professionally on a range of topics including political risk, U.S. foreign policy, political violence, sea piracy, ethnicity and race relations, and American politics. His Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations is from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School (1973). He is currently studying memoir and short story writing at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.

He resides, with his wife Susana, in Glendale, Arizona and Honolulu, Hawaii and commutes globally.