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.

Latest

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The Psychology of the Wall

Walls are cropping up all over the world. But as with guns, the sense of safety and security that comes from a wall is almost entirely illusory.
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Trump's at War with U.S. Intelligence — For Once, He's Right

Wars in Syria, Afghanistan, and North Korea have been costly and achieved little. It makes sense to cut losses and get out.
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Venezuela: No to Intervention, No to Maduro

The left has a proud tradition of both democracy and anti-imperialism. It’s critical to keep both traditions in mind when addressing the current crisis in Venezuela.
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Deal or No Deal: Britain’s Fearful Future

The case for a second Brexit vote.
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The Next US-North Korea Summit

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are scheduled to meet again. Here are several reasons to be optimistic about next month’s summit.
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Trump Punts on Syria

The forever war in the Middle East is far from over.
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Will Trump Rule by Decree?

It’s a small leap from a “state of emergency” at the border to martial law throughout the country.
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Are You Ready for an Epoch Fail?

Globalists Really Are Ruining Your Life
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The Importance of the Latest Netflix Dystopia

1983 is an alternative history that bears disturbing resemblance to contemporary politics.
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Review: Season 2 of Trump Presidency

Where’s the Wall? Where’s the deal with North Korea? Where’s that Rust Belt revival?
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‘Get Me Outta Here’: Trump Turns the G20 into the G19

On everything from climate to trade to the international order itself, the failure of the White House’s powers of persuasion were on full display at the G20.
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It’s a Borderful World

The latest batch of nationalist and authoritarian leaders are beefing up their borders, but the proliferation of globalization isn't stopping anytime soon.
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Is Korea’s Cold War About to End?

The media is missing the real story on the peninsula. If that gives Koreans space to lead, maybe that's not such a bad thing.
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Welcome to the Ultimate Escape Room

It’s hard not to feel that all of humanity deserves a Darwin award when you see the effects of recent superstorms, the vanishing of polar ice, and the heedless drilling for oil and gas everywhere.
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Trump’s Only Election Strategy Was Racism

Republicans can only win by racial gerrymandering and voter suppression. And Trump can only win by using fear and racism.
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North and South Korea Deconstruct Guard Towers at the Border

John Feffer discusses the North and South Korea border, U.S. arms control agreements, and Brazillian president Jair Bolsonaro.
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What’s Missing from Bernie Sanders’ ‘Progressive International’

To challenge fascists and weak-tea liberals, Sanders has called for a Progressive International… but it's not very international.
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Assassins Without Borders

Saudi Arabia's apparent assassination of Jamal Khashoggi might have taken inspiration from Russia and North Korea — or Israel and the United States.
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Why Is the Radical Right Still Winning?

What that Protestant Reformation can teach us about the durability of far-right movements — and the order they seek to replace.
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Do Bullies Always Win?

Trump's bullying worked with Canada, has half-worked with Iran and North Korea, but has had nothing but malign impact on Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

Topics of Interest

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