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World-renowned Scholar to deliver a Public Lecture on Political Order

  May 15, 2015

francis_fukuyama bdWorld-renowned scholar Prof. Francis Fukuyama to is set to deliver a public lecture titled, “Political Order and Political Decay; From Industrial revolution to the Globalization of Democracy” based on his newest book by the same title at Strathmore Business School on Tuesday, 19th May 2015 from 5:30pm. In his lecture, he will examine the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others.


This will be the second public lecture at the business school by the scholar who has written widely on issues relating to questions concerning democratization and international political economy. In 2014, he delivered a lecture on the Origins of Political Order, which provided a sweeping account of how the 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 is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and a resident in FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, effective July 2010. Previously he worked at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, where he was the Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy and director of SAIS’ International Development program.


He has written widely on issues relating to 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 are The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution, America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy, and Falling Behind: Explaining the Development Gap between Latin America and the United States.


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. He served as a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2001-2004.


Prof. Fukuyama is the chairman of the editorial board of a new magazine, The American Interest, which he helped to found in 2005. He holds honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Doane College, Doshisha University (Japan), and Kansai University (Japan). He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rand Corporation, member of the Board of Governors of the Pardee Rand Graduate School, and member of the advisory boards for the Journal of Democracy, the Inter-American Dialogue, and The New America Foundation. He is a member of the American Political Science Association and the Council on Foreign Relations.

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