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 Global Right Wing’s Bizarre Obsession with Pedophilia

Child molestation is a very real problem. But the far right is far more interested in demonizing women, homosexuals, and the transgender community.

Avoiding the Robot Apocalypse

We’d better control machines before they control us.

The Politics of American Protest, With a North Korean Twist

The right wing has attacked Gwen Berry for her Olympic trial protest. A North Korean defector has joined that chorus.

Biden’s Conventional Foreign Policy

America is back—to the same old, same old.

Iran’s Hardliners: We’re Back, Too

The victory of Ebrahim Raisi in Iran’s recent presidential elections may contain some surprising good news for the Biden administration.

Building the World Back Better?

Instead of consigning China to the doghouse, why not create one big Green reconstruction team?

Bracing for a Surge of Trumpism in the Twilight of the Pandemic

More infectious strains of Trumpism are emerging for which we haven’t yet developed a vaccine.

The Pitfalls of U.S.-South Korean Economic Cooperation

Seoul and Washington should be working together to bring China on board for the kind of economic transformation that the planet so desperately needs.

Democracy: On the Precipice?

If we extrapolate from the current trend lines, democracy will be gone in a couple decades, melted away like the polar ice. But although down, democracy is not out.

They’re Not Conservatives, They’re Extremists

By mislabelling the radical members of the Republican Party “conservative,” the mainstream media gives them a veneer of respectability.

Netanyahu Soldiers On

The only winner in the perennial confrontation between Israel and Hamas: Benjamin Netanyahu.

What’s up With the Herd?

The United States won’t achieve herd immunity because a significant portion of the herd is suffering from mad cow disease.

Immigrants to the Rescue

For countries facing a demographic crisis, immigrants are the answer.

America Hacks Itself

The Cold War has already turned hot — on the Internet.

Afghanistan’s Green Future?

Can Afghanistan’s mineral wealth finance a transition to a carbon-neutral future?

The Spread Of Global Hate

Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter helped right-wing populists take power. Can they now help rein them in?

International Law Uncanceled

The Biden administration lifted sanctions against the International Criminal Court. It’s not enough.

Is the Long War Finally Ending?

Withdrawing several thousand U.S. troops from Afghanistan is just the tip of the iceberg.

How Biden Looks at the World

The Biden administration’s approach of “multilateral restoration” has many virtues compared to the last four years of MAGA. But it has considerable shortcomings as well.

We Passed an American Rescue Plan. Next Up: The Global Rescue Plan.

The American Rescue Act is an extraordinary shot in the arm for the U.S. economy. Now let’s help the rest of the world get vaccinated.

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

    Asia/Pacific, Military/Peace, NATO, North Korea, Northeast Asia, South Korea

    The Pandemic Pivot

    C-SPAN | May 6, 2021

    America First

    94.1 KPFA | April 7, 2019

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    Moscow-Pullman Daily News | July 19, 2018

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