Francis Fukuyama

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Francis Fukuyama is a professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. He is best known as the author of The End of History and the Last Man, which proclaimed that the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War marked "the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind's ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government." Published in 1992, The End of History was popular in neo-conservative circles and made him something of an intellectual celebrity.

Fukuyama is one of the signers of the January 26, 1998, Project for the New American Century (PNAC) letter sent to President William Jefferson Clinton. [1]

Fukuyama was born on October 27, 1952, in Chicago. He received his B.A. from Cornell University in classics, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in Political Science. He was a member of the Political Science Department of the RAND Corporation from 1979-1980, then again from 1983-89, and from 1995-96. In 1981-82 and in 1989 he was a member of the Policy Planning Staff of the US Department of State, the first time as a regular member specializing in Middle East affairs, and then as Deputy Director for European political-military affairs. In 1981-82 he was also a member of the US delegation to the Egyptian-Israeli talks on Palestinian autonomy. From 1996-2000 he was Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University.

Dr. Fukuyama is a member of the President's Council on Bioethics and is a member of advisory boards for the National Endowment for Democracy, the Journal of Democracy, and the New America Foundation. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the Global Business Network.

He is also the author of Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity (1995), The Great Disruption: Human Nature and the Reconstitution of Social Order (1999), Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution (2002), and State-Building: Governance and World Order in the 21st Century (2004).

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Francis Fukuyama
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 732
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 663-5765
Fax: (202) 663-5769
Email: fukuyama AT

External links

  • Task Force on Latin America, Council on Foreign Relations, accessed September 21, 2008.
  • Staff, Cultural Change Institute, accessed December 12, 2010.
  • Trustees, RAND Corporation, accessed February 8, 2011.