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Governance Project News

June 14, 2011

The Challenge of Political Order

CDDRL, FSI Stanford in the news: National Review on June 13, 2011

In an interview about his new book, The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution, FSI Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow Francis Fukuyama tells Matthew Shaffer of the National Review Online, "This really started with a practical concern I had after dealing with failed states and nation-building issues in the wake of September 11 and our nation-building efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq. It seemed to me that the United States in particular didn’t appreciate the difficulty of this kind of activity, because we didn’t adequately understand how hard it was to establish institutions."