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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Trump, Bolton in Tug of War for Command of Foreign Policy

The only upside to Bolton’s dangerous aggression toward Iran is that it may put him too far out in front of Trump.
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The Rising Tide of the Populist Right

The rise of the populist right is like climate change — a profound transformation of the political landscape, not just a temporary oscillation in the political temperature.
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The Global Game of Thrones

At a time of declining faith in democracy, the institution of royalty is looking surprisingly resilient.
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A Farewell to Arms Control?

With Trump and Bolton at the helm, the international arms control regime is effectively dead. But could that spark a new movement for disarmament?
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What’s Behind Bolton’s Attacks on the ‘Troika of Tyranny’?

Bolton’s ire for Nicaragua, Cuba, and Venezuela is real. But they're just a precursor to who he really perceives as the “troika of tyranny,” Russia, China, and North Korea.
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The Dictator and the Nihilist

Perhaps the departure of Bashir and Assange will signal a new wave of accountability that will eventually reach the shores of the United States in time to drain the swamp in 2020.
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World Gives America One Year to Stop Trump or Face Sanctions

[Satire] UN: “We recommend that Americans sentence all top-ranking officials of the Trump administration to a decade of picking up trash along America’s highways.”
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The Widening Rift Between the U.S. and China

Worsening relations between the two largest economies in the world could lead to disaster.
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Ayatollah Trump: The Global Rise of the Christian Right

Islamic extremism gets all the press, but Trump is just one of a growing number of Christian extremists in positions of political power.
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Mueller, Russiagate, and the 2020 Elections

The only true magic bullet in this case is the collective determination of all Americans who still believe in decency and democracy.
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After Trump

Centrist liberalism is dead, and Trump is a disaster. But progressives can use what he’s done to remake America and its place in the world.
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The World’s Most Dangerous Divide

If nuclear war comes, it will happen because of a calculation or miscalculation by India or Pakistan.
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Trump’s Bromance with Kim Is Gross, But Let the Love Letters Continue

Despite the failed summit, relations between the U.S. and North Korea are much better than they were 18 months ago.
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Answering the Attacks on the Green New Deal

Critics dismiss it as a dream. But that’s precisely what it is. It’s visionary.
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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.

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

Topics of Interest

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

In the News

America First

94.1 KPFA | April 7, 2019

His View: Iran vs. North Korea: Obama got a better deal

Moscow-Pullman Daily News | July 19, 2018