At Chicago Booth, Zonis has taught courses on International Political Economy, Leadership, and E-Commerce. He was the first professor at the Business School to teach a course on the effects of digital technologies on global business. He also 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. Zonis has a unique awareness of the intersections of politics, economics, emergent technologies, emotions and leadership. In the face of current global challenges, business leadership, and a true understanding of what defines leadership, is more essential than ever. Zonis has 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 50 years studying the volatile mix of Islam, terrorism, and the Middle East. He has lived in Iran, hitchhiked through Afghanistan, studied Islam in Iraq beginning in 1964, and traveled extensively throughout the region. His latest book is Risk Rules: How Local Politics Threaten the Global Economy (May 2011). Zonis has appeared on numerous television news programs, including Nightline and CNN's Larry King Live. He was the International Editor of WBBM-TV, Chicago and was the Middle East Consultant to ABC/Capital Cities television.