Francis Fukuyama: In Government We Trust

Reflecting with Francis Fukuyama on the (geo)political consequences of corona

Co-produced by
The John Adams Institute
The John Adams Institute
Moderated by
Tracy Metz
How will the current COVID-19 crisis influence national democracies and international political relations? Will there be a shift in the balance of powers – between countries, but also between democracies and dictatorships?

For insight and knowledge on these matters, we can look to the renowned American political scientist Francis Fukuyama. The John Adams Institute and De Balie are proud to work together to present a live interview with Fukuyama on Tuesday May 12th at 8 pm. And you can join this webinar for free.

In an interview with Balie-director Yoeri Albrecht, Fukuyama will address the relationship between the covid crisis and democracy. The true issue at stake is trust, he states. “The major dividing line in effective crisis response will not place autocracies on one side and democracies on the other”, he writes in a recent article in The Atlantic. “What matters in the end is not regime type – dictatorship or democracy – but whether citizens trust their leaders.”


Please use the following link to join the webinar. You can also watch the event on our Home- and Facebookpage. There will be an opportunity for the audience to pose questions via Slido. Or by using the below QR-code.

About the speaker

Francis Fukuyama is a professor at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University and is the author of a number of books, including The End of History. His most recent book is Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment (translated by Atlas Contact as Identiteit). He spoke about it last year at an event also organized by the John Adams Institute and De Balie.

De Balie Icons | In our series De Balie Icons, we warmly welcome renowned international thinkers to discuss global topical issues. A wide range of modern icons from all walks of life and fields of expertise take the stage in Amsterdam to share their valuable insights. Previously De Balie Icons featured these thought leaders: Kishore Mahbubani (Singapore), Zineb El Rhazoui (France), Taiye Selasi (UK/US/Ghana/Nigeria), Mark Lilla (US) and Steven Pinker (US) and Mariana Mazzucato (Italy, UK, US).


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