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Latest Work

A small tree grows inside a jar until it reaches the lid and withers.

Isn’t It Time to Challenge the Growth Paradigm?

The planet is running out of resources, and humanity is living beyond its means.
Mikhail Gorbachev in Washington, DC in 1990 (Shutterstock)

Learning from Gorbachev’s Failures

As we address the climate emergency, what lessons can we extract from Gorbachev's efforts to transform the Soviet Union?
youth lead movement for climate change

Will 2022 Mark the Turning Point in the Climate Crisis?

Carbon emissions continue to rise, but this year the international community might finally be getting serious about climate change.
grain set on a ukrainian flag backdrop

The Weaponization of Food

Russia and Ukraine have come to an agreement on food exports. Will the deal hold?
people bumping fists

The Fateful Fist Bump

If you thought the polarization of politics in the United States was corrosive, brace yourself for the even more corrosive polarization of geopolitics.
January 6 rioter

White Riot

Exposing the links between the Trump team and the far right is important for saving American democracy and defeating global fascism.
Statue of Park Chung-hee

The Plot Against America

They say comedy is tragedy plus time, but it is clearly too soon for the events of Jan. 6 to be presented as comedy.
russian oil barrels

China Will Decide the Outcome of Russia Versus the West

Is Putin the Face of the Future or the Final Gasp of the Past?
Gustavo Petro

Latin America’s 'New' New Left

The recent election in Colombia has produced new hope for the country--and for the whole region.
illustration of dollar bills

Is Universal Basic Income Part of a Just Transition?

When you give everyone a chunk of change, does it really change their lives and their communities?
gunman aiming their weapon

Vladimir Putin: Global Gunman

Why are we concerned about humiliating mass murderers?
Mapuche demonstrators in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mining Resistance From Alberta to Argentina

In Patagonia, an Indigenous community's fight against repressive mining interests mirrors struggles across the hemisphere.
Biden, Putin, Jinping

Biden’s Golden Opportunity to Reverse Course on China

Improving relations with China could lower inflation, isolate Vladimir Putin, and accelerate the transition to a clean energy future.
Henry Kissinger

A Just Ceasefire or Just a Ceasefire?

The war in Ukraine must end with a defeat of Putinism.
President of the Pueblo Shuar Arutam of Ecuador, Josefina Tunki, during a protest along with other Shuar women.

The Struggle for What’s Essential

Global mining companies have used the pandemic to push unwanted projects on vulnerable communities, who are fighting back — and sometimes winning.
Ukraine flag and NATO

Russia, NATO, and the Future of Neutrality

Neither the formerly non-aligned of Europe nor the currently non-aligned of the Global South are interested in furthering Vladimir Putin’s imperial ambitions.
chess pieces illustrating a stalemate

No Victory Day

Dealing with stalemates between Russia and Ukraine, environmentalists and climate change, and COVID and humanity.
Two boys walk across a dried riverbed in New Delhi, India in May 2022

India and Pakistan Are Baking, and Every Powerful Institution Is to Blame

Indians know they can’t rely on elites to save them from catastrophe. That’s exactly what could make a climate movement there so powerful.
climate protesters holding signs

What Remains of the U.S. Green New Deal?

Build Back Better is on the ropes. But other parts of a just transition are moving forward.
graphic illustration of the north korean flag draped in covid-19 caution tape

North Korea’s Real Threat

North Korea’s greatest liability is something that it currently views as an asset: its radical isolation.

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Experts

John Feffer

John Feffer

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

In the News

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America First

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Will North Korea and the US Find Trust?

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