The surprisingly long history of humanity’s political development

In his latest book, Francis Fukuyama returns to humanity's distant origins to discover how political institutions have developed around the world. Here, he talks to Rob Attar about his findings and reveals how the west can count itself lucky

An aerial view of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Geography has been "enormously important" to the way that political institutions develop, says Francis Fukuyama. "Afghanistan today is proof of that." (Sebastian Meyer/Corbis via Getty Images)

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