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Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture Series

21st Century China Center founder and GPS International Advisory Board member Kwan So established this forum as a touchstone of his passion to foster greater U.S. and China understanding. Since 2015, this series brings top leaders and thinkers from China to offer front-line insights and analysis of the most pressing economic and political trends in China.

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Third Annual Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture on China

“Infrastructure Investment as a Development Strategy"


Speaker: Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and Mosbacher Director, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law

Date: Jan. 29, 2018
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Location: UC San Diego Campus, The Great Hall

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China's model of state-led development differs both from Western approaches and also from its East Asian neighbors' industrial policies by focusing single-mindedly on infrastructure investment. This strategy was pursued both inside China and is the basis for its ambitious "One Belt, One Road" initiative.

In the third Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture on China, Francis Fukuyama, who has written widely on issues in development and international politics, will focus on the economic logic, functioning, and vulnerabilities of this approach to development in this lecture.

Speaker Bio

Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and the Mosbacher Director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, where he is also a professor of political science.

Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on issues in development and international politics. His book, The End of History and the Last Man, was published by Free Press in 1992 and has appeared in over twenty foreign editions. His most recent book, Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy, was published in September 2014.

Read his full bio online.