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. Llewellyn D. Howell is Emeritus Professor of International Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona and Senior Advisor for The PRS Group, a political risk consulting firm in Syracuse, NY. From 1991 to 2010 he was the International Affairs Editor of USA Today Magazine, published by The Society for the Advancement of Education.  He continues to write for the magazine.

Dr. Howell holds a PhD. in Political Science and International Relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School (1973), an MA in Government and International Affairs from Florida State University (1967), and a BS in Education from SUNY Brockport (1963).

He has worked for more than forty years in the fields of political risk for foreign investors, foreign policy, international relations, and cross-cultural communications. He began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaya (1963-65), and has worked at assignments at the Department of State (INR/SEA and various consulting positions), the U.S. Foreign Service Institute, the Department of Defense (OSD/PAE), the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Office (INTAN and IDFR), Singapore Technologies, and a private defense contractor, Third Point Systems, in Monterey, CA.

As Senior Advisor for Methodology for The PRS Group, Inc., Dr. Howell has worked in various capacities with the company since 1979. He provides executive-level seminars on Political Risk and Country Risk assessment methodologies and consults with corporate clients on firm and company-adapted models. He is a country specialist on Malaysia.

Beginning in 1966, Dr. Howell has taught at university undergraduate, MA/MBA, and PhD levels, in Executive MBA programs, and in both public and private sector executive training programs. He has been affiliated with Thunderbird School of Global Management, The University of Hawaii, and The American University in Washington, D.C., as tenure-track faculty, plus several other visiting appointments. He was tenured at Thunderbird and American University.  He has held administrative positions at three universities. He has been a Fulbright Scholar to Malaysia and India. His appointment in Malaysia was at INTAN, the National Institute for Public Administration, where he trained diplomats, defense ministry analysts, and police officers.  At Thunderbird, he was Chair of the Department of International Studies from 1991 to 1994 and Associate Vice President for Overseas Programs from 1994 to 1996.  At the University of Hawaii, he was Director of its Vietnam EMBA Program in Hanoi from 2001 to 2003.  Dr. Howell now teaches, writes, and consults in the areas of Political Risk, American Foreign Policy, Southeast Asian Studies, and analytical methodology.

Dr. Howell is author/editor of Political Risk Assessment (2nd Edition 2008), The Handbook of Country and Political Risk Analysis (4th Edition 2007), War, Trade, Terrorism, Investment: U.S. Foreign Economic Policy in a 21st Century Context, co-editor with C. Roe Goddard (2006), and others. The 5th Edition of the Handbook of Country and Political Risk Analysis will appear in 2013. He has more than 100 book chapters and professional journal articles in publications such as International Studies Quarterly, International Organization, International Interactions, Journal of Asian Business, International Finance Review, Thunderbird International Business Review, Ethnicity, and Columbia Journal of World Business, and another 120-plus magazine and newspaper publications.

Dr. Howell resides with his wife, Susana, in Glendale, Arizona.