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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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In the News

Why academia needs a rethink.

Francis Fukuyama cited in Arab News, 04/25

Making the internet safe for democracy.

Francis Fukuyama wrote in Journal of Democracy, 04/22

Fake news and conspiracy theories.

Francis Fukuyama wrote in American Purpose, 02/16

How to quiet the megaphones of Facebook, Google, and Twitter.

Francis Fukuyama wrote in Wall Street Journal, 02/12

Should antitrust promote political liberty?

Francis Fukuyama participated in Stigler Center webinar, 01/29

Was Twitter right to have booted Trump?

Francis Fukuyama wrote for Pairagraph, 01/28

Reflections on American democracy.

Francis Fukuyama participated in Volcker Alliance webinar, 01/19

Political development and political decay.

Francis Fukuyama interviewed on In Pursuit of Development podcast, 01/19

Rotten to the core?

Francis Fukuyama wrote in Foreign Affairs, 01/18

Expect more violence before America returns to sanity.

Francis Fukuyama interviewed in Foreign Policy, 01/18

Identity and U.S. politics.

Francis Fukuyama interviewed on NHK World, 6/29

The pandemic and political order.

Francis Fukuyama wrote in Foreign Affairs, 6/12