An interview with Francis Fukuyama, Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute

Fukuyama joins the podcast to talk about his recent article in The Atlantic on the effectiveness of governments in handling the COVID-19 pandemic.


Global Americans and the Canadian Council for the Americas present “Two Gringos with Questions,” an interview series featuring political and cultural leaders from across the Americas.

In this episode, hosts Chris and Ken speak to Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for international Studies. Fukuyama joins the podcast to talk about his recent article in The Atlantic, where he discusses the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of both autocratic and democratic governments in handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Along with being a Senior Fellow at FSI, Fukuyama is also Mosbacher Director of FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Director of Stanford’s Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy, and a professor of political science.

Prior to his work at Stanford, Fukuyama was a member of the Political Science Department of the RAND Corporation, and of the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. Department of State. From 2001 to 2010 he was Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. From 2001 to 2004 he served as a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics. Fukuyama was Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University from 1996 to 2000.

Fukuyama has written widely on issues in development and international politics. His 1992 book, The End of History and the Last Man, has appeared in over twenty foreign editions. His most recent book, Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, was published in September, 2018.

Fukuyama is chairman of the editorial board of The American Interest, which he helped to found in 2005. He holds honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Doane College, Doshisha University (Japan), Kansai University (Japan), Aarhus University (Denmark), and the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is a non-resident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and at the Center for Global Development, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Pardee Rand Graduate School and the Volcker Alliance. Fukuyama is a member of the American Political Science Association and the Council on Foreign Relations. 

He received his B.A. from Cornell University in classics, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in Political Science. 

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