Hong Kong: ‘It’s Leninist authoritarianism vs liberal constitutionalism’


Since Beijing’s economic reforms began in 1978, Hong Kong has played a unique role — a place where western businesses could dip their toes in the new Chinese economy and… Read more »

What’s gone wrong with liberal democracy – Fukuyama


What has gone wrong in liberal democracies around the world since the 1990s when they seemed so triumphant? NPR asks Francis Fukuyama (above), Mosbacher director of Stanford’s Center on Democracy,… Read more »

What’s behind the worldwide decline of democracy?


The history of democracy globally is strewn with examples of extremists and demagogues manipulating prejudice, insecurity, and fear in a bid for power, argues Larry Diamond, a senior fellow at… Read more »

Defending democracy in a ‘post-truth society’


The long-term integrity of democratic institutions is threatened by “deteriorating norms of truthfulness and authority”, says Stanford University’s Francis Fukuyama, a board member of the National Endowment for Democracy. The… Read more »

Suvash Darnal – ‘consummate democracy activist’


It was because Suvash Darnal (right) combined so flawlessly several key attributes that he can be considered to have been a consummate democracy activist, writes Carl Gershman, the President of… Read more »

Burma’s troubled transition


On April 5, Francis Fukuyama, Director of Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law held an interview with FSI Senior Fellow Larry Diamond on Burma’s recent… Read more »