The Neocon Who Isn't

Francis Fukuyama raises conservative eyebrows

| October 27, 2005

When the neoconservative's neocon Francis Fukuyama went to Europe in 2002 to promote his book Our Posthuman Future, he had a realization that shocked his conservative peers. Deeply surprised by Europeans' perception of the United States, he was driven to re-evaluate his stance on the Bush administration's foreign policy, oppose the war in Iraq, and vote for John Kerry. While many fellow neocons feel betrayed by Fukuyama's critique of Bush and today's neoconservatism, Fukuyama did not jump ship on its theories altogether, American Prospect Online reports. Rather, he is trying to revitalize its core principles.

Central to Fukuyama's critique of the current administration's foreign policy is the war in Iraq, which he sees as overestimating 'US power and our ability to control events around the world.' The waves his criticisms are making in conservative circles are opening internal debates into increasingly public discussions about the course of US foreign policy. Last year, Fukuyama delivered a series of lectures at Yale on the topic that became the basis for his forthcoming book After Neoconservatism. After his public split with the National Interest, he launched the journal The American Interest in September as a part of his efforts to further discussions about 'international institutions, state building, economic development and US-European relations.' He says he hopes the magazine will serve as 'a two-way mirror between America and the world.'
-- Rose Miller

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