Francis Fukuyama

United States |  Director, Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law

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

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Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini senior fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and director of the university’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. 

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 publication, Liberalism and Its Discontents, was released in 2022. Other books include America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy; Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy; Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution; and Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity.

Fukuyama is chair of the editorial board of The American Interest, which he helped to found in 2005. He is also 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.

Fukuyama received his BA from Cornell University in classics and his PhD from Harvard in political science. He previously taught at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and George Mason University’s School of Public Policy. Fukuyama 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 American Political Science Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Pacific Council for International Affairs.


Fukuyama joined the Dialogue as a Member in 2008.

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