Francis Fukuyama
Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
A Battle Paul Wolfowitz Can’t Win

At the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank, taking place this weekend in Singapore, a major row has emerged between the Bank’s president, Paul Wolfowitz, and Hilary Benn, Tony Blair’s minister heading the British Department for International Development. Wolfowitz has made fighting developing-world corruption the centerpiece of his presidency of the Bank, and […]

A Battle Paul Wolfowitz Can’t Win

At the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank, taking place this weekend in Singapore, a major row has emerged between the Bank’s president, Paul Wolfowitz, and Hilary Benn, Tony Blair’s minister heading the British Department for International Development. Wolfowitz has made fighting developing-world corruption the centerpiece of his presidency of the Bank, and […]

Nine Things We Have Learned Since September 11, 2001

1. “Terrorism” is the wrong term to describe the problem we face. Terrorism is a tactic used by the weak; we are not fighting the tactic but a group of violent Islamists and insurgents. It makes no sense to lump together someone willing to fly a plane into a skyscraper in New York with an […]

Nine Things We Have Learned Since September 11, 2001

1. “Terrorism” is the wrong term to describe the problem we face. Terrorism is a tactic used by the weak; we are not fighting the tactic but a group of violent Islamists and insurgents. It makes no sense to lump together someone willing to fly a plane into a skyscraper in New York with an […]

The Centrality of Social Policy

What is it that leaders like Iran’s Ahmedinejad, Hezbollah’s Nasrullah, and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez have in common that vastly increases their local appeal? Anti-Americanism and an aggressive foreign policy are of course components. But what has really allowed them to win elections and cement their support is their ability to promise, and to a certain […]

The Centrality of Social Policy

What is it that leaders like Iran’s Ahmedinejad, Hezbollah’s Nasrullah, and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez have in common that vastly increases their local appeal? Anti-Americanism and an aggressive foreign policy are of course components. But what has really allowed them to win elections and cement their support is their ability to promise, and to a certain […]

The Clash of Cultures and American Hegemony

In a web-only exclusive, the author of The End of History and the Last Man looks at the potential crisis of legitimacy the United States finds itself in today. Originally delivered as a presentation to the American Political Science Association annual meeting on September 1, 2006.

The Paradox of International Action

International action today can be legitimate or effective, but rarely both. The solution is to create "multi-multilateralism."

It Doesn't Stay in Vegas

Bernard-Henri Levy, a French intellectual following in Tocqueville’s footsteps, discusses America with Francis Fukuyama.

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