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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In the US, the Second Wave Is Already Here

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Time to Rethink the US-ROK Alliance

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The De-Trumpification of America

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Why Bolton Matters

You don’t need to lionize Bolton, a far-right hawk, to understand what makes his observations about Trump valuable.

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Right-wing “intellectuals” uncomfortable with the Black Lives Matter movement have latched onto a dubious historical analogy.

Emperor Trump Now Stands Partially Naked

Many of the establishment figures now turning on Trump have blood on their hands. But that’s the point.

The Descent of America

America’s racism is destroying its advanced status in real time — and with it, the most redeeming parts of liberal internationalism.

Is It Time to Boycott the United States?

The G7 kicked Russia out over its invasion of Crimea. Does the U.S. assault on international laws, treaties, and democracy warrant the same treatment?

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Death and the Economy: A Dialogue

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Debunking Trump’s China Nonsense

Trump botched his COVID-19 response disastrously, so now he’s giving anti-China conspiracy theories the full weight of the U.S. government.

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A Progressive Victory over the Coronavirus

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Who’s Responsible for America’s Coronavirus Fiasco?

Donald Trump could end up in court over his mishandling of the coronavirus.

The Next Pandemic

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Will the EU Survive the Coronavirus?

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We Need a Coronavirus Truce

International cooperation needs to take priority right now, and countries must stop their wars against one another and against their own populations.

The Politics of the Coronavirus

For the far right, the pandemic is a chance to enact border controls and erode the rule of law. It could also expose their utter incompetence.

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Trump’s message to governors on lifesaving medical equipment — “get it yourselves” — is grimly appropriate in a country without national health care.

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