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Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow | Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI)

Francis Fukuyama

Faculty Affiliate
King Center on Global Development

Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI)

Professor of Political Science (by courtesy)
Department of Political Science

Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI); the Mosbacher Director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL); and the director of Stanford's Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy. He is also a professor by courtesy of political science.

Francis Fukuyama received his BA from Cornell University in classics, and his PhD from Harvard in political science. Before coming to Stanford, he was a member of the political science department of the RAND Corporation, the policy planning staff of the US Department of State, and the President's Council on Bioethics. He has also held professorships at George Mason University and Johns Hopkins University. 

Dr. 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. He serves as the chairman of the editorial board of The American Interest, which he helped to found. He is a non-resident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and at the Center for Global Development. Dr. Fukuyama is also a member of the Pardee Rand Graduate School board of governors, the Volcker Alliance, the American Political Science Association, and the Council on Foreign Relations. 


King Center Supported Research

2019 - 2020 Academic Year | Capacity Building and Policy Engagement Grant

Evaluating the New World Bank Safeguards Regime for Infrastructure Projects

China has become the world’s dominant player in infrastructure investment in the past two decades. Over the same period, World Bank infrastructure lending actually contracted, despite a clear and increasing demand for infrastructure from developing countries. This research reviews the World Bank’s new safeguards regime with the goal of recommending changes that will facilitate higher levels of infrastructure investment in the future. The study’s chief audience is World Bank policymakers and the broader foreign policy community concerned with Chinese influence in developing countries.