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Democracy, Development, and Decay: A Conversation with Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama, best known for his hugely influential The End of History and the Last Man, has published a provocative new book, Political Order and Political Decay. It argues that the key to political stability and economic growth is not culture, geography, or international competition, but the quality of political institutions—democracy, a strong, effective state, and the rule of law. But there is no ready-made recipe for success, and success is fragile: just consider the economic difficulties and political paralysis of the U.S. today. Join Fukuyama for a spirited debate with leading experts on American and Asian politics and economics on the origins and future of democracy and the “authoritarian-capitalist” challenge from China and other states.


Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies (FSI) and Resident, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, FSI, Stanford University
Thomas B. Gold (moderator), Professor of Sociology, U.C. Berkeley
Lenny Mendonca, Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Minxin Pei, Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow and Director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, Claremont McKenna College

Copies of Political Order and Political Decay will be available for signing and purchase.

Program Agenda:

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Panel Discussion and Q&A
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Reception & Networking

This event is FREE for Asia Society members! Become a member and you will receive $15 off the price of individual membership and a ticket to this event!

Promotional Co-Sponsor: Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University, Japan Policy Research Institute, The Harvard Club of San Francisco, 1990 Institute.


Event Details

Thu 23 Oct 2014
6:00pm - 7:30pm

ASNC, Bechtel Conference Center, 500 Washington Street, San Francisco

FREE Asia Society Members / $10 Co-sponsor Members and Students / $15 Non-members / $50 SPECIAL OFFER! Admission+1 Year Individual Membership