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.


More Butterflies, Fewer Billionaires: Unrigging the Global Economy

The world has one last shot at reducing global inequality and saving the planet.

Challenging Mining Corporations at the International Level

What can you do when you’ve run out of options at the local and national levels?

Channeling the Global North’s “Clean Energy” Transition

How can activists in the north and south work together to ensure a global just transiti

Korean Armistice, Ukrainian Ceasefire

Pity the country that has no armistice, but pity the country that needs an armistice.

Peace in Their Time

Peace activists should be clamoring for a peace on Ukrainian terms. Since Ukraine is the victim in this conflict, it should ideally decide the timing and the parameters of any peace deal.

Russia’s Agricultural Warfare

With its strategy of bomb and blockade, Russia is literally taking the food out of the mouths of the hungry.

Ukraine and the World Order

The war in Ukraine is not just about territory. It’s about the future of global governance.

America vs. the Supreme Court

According to the Supreme Court, America’s not back but backwards.

The Beginning of the End for Putin?

The failed coup by the Wagner Group has exposed the Russian president’s fatal weaknesses.

A Tale of Two Missions

African leaders visited Russia and Ukraine. The U.S. secretary of state visited China. Is détente making a comeback?

Greening Transatlantic Relations

Europe and the United States have to stop competing and start cooperating to avert climate catastrophe.

The Mineral Rush

Wealthy countries are angling for access to the resources of poorer countries to power a “clean energy” transition. But this transition is about so much more than that.

How Russia’s War in Ukraine Threatens the Planet

The war has cost lives and destroyed the Ukrainian economy. But it has also been a major environmental hazard.

PRESS ADVISORY: Global South Delegation on Energy Transition Visits European Capitals 29 May- 2 June, 2023

The delegation will hold public events, meet with policymakers and NGOs, and engage with members of the media in Berlin, Brussels, and London from May 29 to June 2, 2023. 

How to Rapidly Reduce Fossil Fuel Use

Hint: rationing is a better approach than markets.

The Trouble With Taiwan

Wherever one stands on the independence vs. accommodation spectrum in Taiwan, everyone should agree that a U.S.-China war is in nobody’s interest.

The U.S. Government’s Greatest Enemy

When it comes to U.S. security, Americans are more of a threat than the Chinese or the Russians.

REPORT: Sending Arms or Twisting Arms: The U.S. Role in the Ukraine War

This backgrounder explores the causes of the war in Ukraine and the actions of different actors in the conflict to date.

The Persistent Allure of Military Coups

Sudan is in yet another civil war. Can it put military rule behind it once and for all?

Donald Trump and America’s Democratic Reputation

Trump attacked democracy. Will democracy fight back?

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Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

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

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