Francis Fukuyama

  • 1 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

Having just finished editing Nation Building: Beyond Afghanistan and Iraq, writer, philosopher, academic and journalist Francis Fukuyama must have thought he had a fairly tight agenda for discussion at his events. And then Israel started its scorched earth routine through Lebanon. Sitting awkwardly against Fukuyama’s belief in ‘realistic Wilsonianism’ (in terms of US interventionism), this current conflict will no doubt be a major talking point for America’s most famous fallen neo-conservative.

The liberal press generally views Fukuyama’s work and rather studied persona as a mish mash of over-reaching analysis, Hegelian deconstruction and stock cliché. Yet, he is actually far more interesting than that, being an odd mix of bioethical pioneer and a man who once had friends in very high places. If he has not already moved on with his thinking (which is highly likely) you can expect Fukuyama to talk about The American Interest (the quarterly magazine he co-founded in 2005, devoted to the broad theme of ‘America in the World’), his two most recent books and perhaps even photography and classical furniture, both of which Fukuyama, curiously, counts among his hobbies. (Paul Dale)

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