Prof. Francis Fukuyama, a political scientist referred to as one of the leading public intellectuals of our time will today deliver a talk based on his most recent book, Origins of Political Order today, from 5:30 pm.
The talk will provide a sweeping account of how todays basic political institutions were developed and why we continue to live in a world where democracy, prosperity and law and order are unevenly distributed.
Prof. Fukuyama, listed as one of the Worlds Top 100 Thinkers of modern times, will concentrate on the problem of democratic order and will seek to address the reason why some societies have gone down the democratic route to stability while others have remained stuck with autocracy.
The talk has been organized by the Business Schools Center for Public Policy and Competitiveness in collaboration with the Leadership Academy of Development, an affiliate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced and International Studies (USA). Prof. Fukuyama will further explore the provenance of three basic political institutions – the state, the rule of law, and accountability – that constitute the basis for modern government.
In attendance will be Dr. Seth Colby, The Executive Director of the Leadership Academy for Development, an executive level education program housed at the John Hopkins School of International Studies(SAIS). And Prof. Roger S. Leeds, a professor at the school of advanced international Studies (SAIS) he is also the director of the Schools center for international Business & Public policy
The lecture will also be attended by more than 35 senior government officials & business leaders from Kenya and other East Africa countries, who will be looking forward to new ways of exploring how governments can encourage and enable the private sector to play a larger role in economic growth and development. British High Commissioner, Dr. Christopher Turner will also be in attendance.
Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on questions concerning democratization and international political economy. 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 books include: America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy. His latest book, The Origins of Political Order: From Pre human Times to the French Revolution was published in April 2011.