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Francis Fukuyama

Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow


Based at Stanford University as the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; has served at SAIS as Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy, director of the International Development Program and dean of faculty; formerly Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University; was a member of the Political Science Department of the Rand Corporation; twice served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. Department of State, the first time as a regular member specializing in Middle East affairs, later as deputy director for European political-military affairs; was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Egyptian-Israeli talks on Palestinian autonomy; serves on advisory boards for the Rand Corporation, The New America Foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy, The American Interest, the Journal of Democracy and others; has written widely on issues relating to democratization and international political economy, statebuilding, institutions and political development; Ph.D., political science, Harvard University.



  • Developing Nations
  • Governance
  • International Political Economy
  • Nation-building and Democratization
  • Strategic and Security Issues


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  • Spanish

In the News

What would a second Trump term do to the federal bureaucracy?

Francis Fukuyama wrote in Washington Monthly, 5/5

The wages of American political decay

Francis Fukuyama wrote in The American Interest, 5/4

COVID-19 is threatening global democracy and peace

Francis Fukuyama interviewed in SupChina, 5/1

Effectiveness, or lack thereof, of both autocratic and democratic governments in handling the COVID-19 pandemic

Francis Fukuyama interviewed on Global Americans’ Two Gringos with Questions podcast, 4/29

Francis Fukuyama on coronavirus and the crisis of trust

Francis Fukuyama interviewed on The Rachman Review podcast, 4/16

The thing that determines a country’s resistance to the coronavirus

Francis Fukuyama wrote in The Atlantic, 3/30