Foreign Affairs Plus: Francis Fukuyama and the Future of History

This Plus collection includes a free download of the first chapter from Francis Fukuyama's new book, The Origins of Political Order, and reprints of the Foreign Affairs articles "The Future of History," "The Post-Washington Consensus," and "Freedom's Secret Recipe." It also incorporates the full video of a discussion between Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs, and Fukuyama about the history and future of liberal democracy.

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Excerpted from The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution by Francis Fukuyama. Published in April 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. Copyright ©2011 by Francis Fukuyama. All rights reserved.
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Download "Freedom's Secret Recipe" by Michael Mann
March/April 2012
In his powerful and comprehensive survey of global political history, Francis Fukuyama explains how liberal democracies have managed to achieve what he calls the "miracle of modern politics": balancing state power, the rule of law, and accountability to citizens. But past results, he warns, are no guarantee of future success.

Download "The Future of History" by Francis Fukuyama
January/February 2012
Stagnating wages and growing inequality will soon threaten the stability of con­temporary liberal democracies and dethrone democratic ideology as it is now understood. What is needed is a new populist ideology that offers a realistic path to healthy middle-class societies and robust democracies.

Download "The Post-Washington Consensus" by Nancy Birdsall and Francis Fukuyama
March/April 2011
The recent global financial crisis-unlike the Great Depression-has not spawned a fundamental ideological challenge so much as a rediscovery that uncontrolled markets are volatile and dangerous.

 

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