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Francis Fukuyama

American philosopher, political economist and author


Francis Fukuyama: Closing Plenary Panel

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Johns Hopkins University professor of international political economy and director of its International Development Program. He has written extensively on democratization and international political economy, culture and social capital in modern economic life, and social consequences of an information economy. He is widely credited with influencing the direction of modern social and political philosophy and public policy; his latest book is America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy.

  • Francis Fukuyama: Closing Plenary Panel

  • Keynote Address

Speaker Bio

Francis Fukuyama is Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy in The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and cofounder and chairman of the editorial board of The American Interest, a magazine and web site devoted to the broad theme of "America in the world." He was formerly a member of the RAND Corporation's Political Science Department and also taught at George Mason University, where he was Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy.

A former Deputy Director for European political-military affairs in the U.S. Department of State and a former member of the U.S. delegation to the Egyptian-Israeli talks on Palestinian autonomy, Fukuyama is a 2002 appointee to the President's Council on Bioethics. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University and a B.A. in classics from Cornell University.

Fukuyama's books include The End of History and the Last Man; Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity; The Great Disruption: Human Nature and the Reconstitution of Social Order; Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution; and State-Building: Governance and World Order in the 21st Century.


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