About 400 hundred people attended the Centre's event in Sydney with the renowned American political scientist, thinker and author Professor Francis Fukuyama on 28 May.
Chief Executive Professor Geoffrey Garrett conversed with Professor Fukuyama on a wide range of issues from the new administration's foreign policy, to the rise of China, the use of hard and soft power and the impact of climate change.
The conversation was followed by a Q & A session- The University of Sydney
Dr. Francis Fukuyama
Professor Francis Fukuyama has worked at several prominent think tanks and public policy organizations, he has served the U.S. Department of State in posts related to Middle East affairs, and is a 2002 appointee to the President's Council on Bioethics.
Until 2010 Francis Fukuyama wass Bernard Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Director of its International Development Program. He is now Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow and resident in the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.
He is the author of The End of History and the Last Man.
Geoff Garrett is founding CEO of the United States Studies Centre and Professor of Political Science at the University of Sydney. Garrett was previously President of the Pacific Council on International Policy, where he remains a Senior Fellow, and Professor of International Relations, Business Administration, Communication and Law at the University of Southern California.
Among the most widely cited political scientist of his generation, Garrett is an expert on the causes and consequences of globalization, American politics and foreign policy, and the impact of China's rise on the US and the rest of the world. He is author of Partisan Politics in the Global Economy and editor of The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy, both published by Cambridge University Press.
Garrett has been quoted and interviewed by leading media sources around the world and his essays and opinion pieces have appeared in newspapers and magazines in Australia, the US, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Garrett served as founding Dean and Vice Provost of the UCLA International Institute and has held academic appointments at Oxford, Stanford and Yale universities and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Garrett is a member of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations as well as the Pacific Council.
Garrett was born and raised in Canberra and holds a BA (Hons) from the Australian National University. He earned his MA and PhD at Duke University in North Carolina, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Francis Fukuyama gave a traditional and rational view of current and future US policy, but he said little about the power and interests of non-state actors. National governments are like blind elephants swinging their trunks against the gnats of illegal activity on borders, within the country or internationally. NGO's and globalized corporations wield real power and may have more luck manipulating representitive governments than they would with other forms of state control. Groups like the Project for a New American Century demonstrate that control of the American domocracy can be stolen in subtile ways and this democracy taken to war for false reasons. I would have liked more thoughts on that situation.