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Latest Work

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From the Unsustainable Here to the Sustainable There

Economic growth is killing the planet. How do we engineer an alternative?
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Solidarity with Ukraine

The Ukraine Solidarity Network believes that the victims of aggression have every right to defend themselves and should receive the support of those who support national self-determination and justice.
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The Rise of Self-Hating Politicians

House Republicans, Euroskeptics, Vladimir Putin, and Jair Bolsonaro are the agents of a new kind of political disorder that parallels the chaos of failing states, economic catastrophe, and climate disasters.

The Future of Korean Democracy

Korea faces the same democratic deficits as other countries--polarized opinion, rising populism, pervasive fake news--just when it needs responsive democracy the most.
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The Far Right is Crazy--Like a Fox

Forget the deplorables and focus instead on the persuadables.

The Crypto-Populist Pyramid Scam

Here's how to connect Donald Trump and Nayib Bukele to Sam Bankman-Fried and Bored Ape Yacht Club.
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Changing My Mind on Ukraine

Bosnia did not get the support it needed 30 years ago to defend itself. Today it is barely a state, and that's the fate that Ukraine needs to avoid.

The Greenwashing Scam Behind COP27's Flop

This year’s UN climate conference offered some reason to celebrate. But the growing clout of the “carbon capture” industry is hindering urgent efforts to clamp down on fossil fuels.
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What Climate Debt Does the North Owe the South?

Richer countries haven't met their $100 billion promise to help poorer countries move beyond fossil fuels. Where's the money going to come from?
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The Greenwashing Scam Behind COP27’s Flop

This year’s UN climate conference offered some reason to celebrate. But the growing clout of the “carbon capture” industry is hindering urgent efforts to clamp down on fossil fuels.
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Colombia's First Leftist President Charts a New Path on Venzuela

Gustavo Petro has rejected the failed “diplomatic siege” of his predecessors. But he also wants to see a more democratic Venezuela.
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Ukraine's Edge Over Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has so far failed to weaken U.S. and European support for Ukraine. Meanwhile, despite punishing Russian air strikes, Ukraine is successfully ejecting the invading army.
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It's Time for a Ceasefire in Ukraine

A ceasefire in Ukraine has been needed since day one—and it’s more urgent now than ever.
Vladimir Putin speaks about the war in Ukraine on Russian state TV. (Shutterstock)

Is Putin in a Corner?

Exactly how weak is Vladimir Putin, both in terms of his effort to defeat Ukraine and his ability to maintain power in Moscow?
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Isn’t It Time to Challenge the Growth Paradigm?

The planet is running out of resources, and humanity is living beyond its means.
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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?
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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.
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The Weaponization of Food

Russia and Ukraine have come to an agreement on food exports. Will the deal hold?
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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.
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White Riot

Exposing the links between the Trump team and the far right is important for saving American democracy and defeating global fascism.

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John Feffer

John Feffer

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

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