Dr. Fancis Fukuyama

Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

China and the United States as Global Models

About the Speaker

Since the end of the Cold War there has been a broad consensus on the preeminence of liberal democracy combined with a market economy as the model that modern societies should follow.  However, the rise of China and the so-called "China Model" and the financial crises in the US and Europe in the late 2000s has provided developing countries with an authoritarian capitalist alternative.  This talk will pose the questions, how durable is the China model, and how will liberal democracy fare in the West?

Francis Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), resident in FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.  Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on issues in development and international politics.  His book, The End of History and the Last Man, was published by Free Press in 1992 and has appeared in over twenty foreign editions.  His most recent book, The Origins of Political Order, was published in April 2011; the companion volume Political Order and Political Decay will be published in 2014. Other books include America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative LegacyOur Posthuman Future:  Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution, and Trust:  The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity

Francis Fukuyama received his B.A. from Cornell University in classics, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in Political Science.  He was a member of the Political Science Department of the RAND Corporation, and of the Policy Planning Staff of the US Department of State.  He previously taught at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University and at George Mason University's School of Public Policy.  He served as a member of the President's Council on Bioethics from 2001-2004. 

Dr. Fukuyama is chairman of the editorial board of The American Interest, which he helped to found in 2005.   He is a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, and a non-resident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Center for Global Development.  He holds honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Doane College, Doshisha University (Japan), Kansai University (Japan), Aarhus University (Denmark), and the Pardee Rand Graduate School.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rand Corporation, the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy, and member of the advisory boards for the Journal of Democracy, the Inter-American Dialogue, and The New America Foundation.  He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Pacific Council for International Affairs.  He is married to Laura Holmgren and has three children.