Young China Watchers San Francisco hosted an invigorating discussion on democracy and governance that covered China as well as the future of Sino-U.S. affairs. Francis Fukuyama, a scholar and author who has been at the leading edge of the public discourse on the globalization of democracy, spoke in downtown San Francisco for this event. The discussion was moderated by Peter Schwartz, a noted futurist and author who is Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning at Salesforce.com. Salesforce.com sponsored the event and the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University served as co-sponsor.
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. He is professor (by courtesy) of political science. Dr. Fukuyama is also Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
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, Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy, was published in September 2014. Other books include America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy, Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution, and Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity.
Dr. Fukuyama 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.
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