John Feffer is director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies.

He is the author, most recently, of Aftershock: A Journey into Eastern Europe’s Broken Dreams (Zed Books). He is also the author of the dystopian novel Splinterlands (Dispatch Books) and its soon-to-be-released sequel Frostlands. He is the author of several other books, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, USAToday, Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, and many other publications.

He has been an Open Society fellow, a PanTech fellow in Korean Studies at Stanford University, a Herbert W. Scoville fellow, a writing fellow at Provisions Library in Washington, DC, and a writer in residence at Blue Mountain Center and the Wurlitzer Foundation.

He is a former associate editor of World Policy Journal. He has worked as an international affairs representative in Eastern Europe and East Asia for the American Friends Service Committee. He has studied in England and Russia, lived in Poland and Japan, and traveled widely throughout Europe and Asia.

John has been widely interviewed in print, on radio, and TV.

Learn more about him on his website.

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The Islamic State and Donald Trump’s Delusion

Despite al-Baghdadi’s death, Trump is creating the conditions groups like ISIS thrive in.

The Art of the Back-Pedal

From the US to the UK to Turkey, it is a hallmark of right-wing populists to make a preposterous policy and then be forced to retreat.

Far Right Extremism Has Gone Mainstream

Through the ‘Great Replacement’ narrative, far right extremism has captured the hearts and minds of mass shooters, populist politicians, and institutions.

Trump’s Endless Wars

Trump’s been haphazardly deploying more troops, drones, and dollars abroad for endless wars while waging a shadow foreign policy for his own benefit.

Trump’s Undeclared State of Emergency

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The New Age of Protest

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For Trump, Regime Change Begins at Home

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The Collapse of the East Asian Order

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Hong Kong and the Future of China

Hong Kong’s protests are unlikely to spur major changes in the territory, much less on the mainland — but there is a way forward.

Burning Down the House

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Mass Shootings, Economic Inequality, and a Racist President

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The Escalating Trade War and the Renewed Nuclear Arms Race Overshadow Ending the War in Afghanistan

Even if Trump manages to end the war in Afghanistan, he’s fueling other wars that will be even more devastating.

The GOP’s Sinister New Nationalism

The party’s assault on “globalists” and “cosmopolitans” pushes against internationalism when it’s needed most.

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Boris Johnson and the New Battle of Britain

As hard Brexiteer Boris Johnson takes over, Labour is finally coming down on the side of Remain. Will it be too late?

Trump’s Send-Them-Back Doctrine

Trump’s war on immigrants recalls the absurdity of Stalin’s purges — and a few of his supporters, at least, are starting to notice.

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