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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Let the next four years of antipolitics begin.

Under Trump, the U.S. Will Become an Enemy of the International Community

A relentless, four-year onslaught by Donald Trump and his allies will have a terrible effect.

It Can’t Happen Here (But It Just Did)

Now we all stand on the precipice — of aggressive nationalism, of ugly prejudice, of climate change, of despair.

Neocons Have Flocked to Hillary Clinton. Does This Signal a Cataclysm in American Politics?

A highly unpopular president is about to take office and one of the major political parties is on life support. What will this mean for U.S. foreign policy?

Hillary Clinton: A Hawk in the Wings

After a mere eight years in which diplomacy narrowly edged out militarism, the foreign policy elite rallying around Clinton has forgotten the lessons of the George W. Bush era.

Trump Transformed Paranoia Politics Into a Genuine Electoral Force

His apocalyptic approach to politics puts fear into the hearts of liberals and conservatives alike — and puts fire in the belly of America’s whitest insurgents.

The Crusade Against Press Freedom

The latest attacks on journalists and news organizations by corrupt populists are contributing to a global rollback of fundamental rights.

Understanding Why Colombians Voted Against Peace

Should we rethink the way voters weigh in directly on matters of national security and international relations?

Reinventing the Calligraphic Tradition

This Iranian graphic artist puts a new spin on calligraphy in an effort to bring Persian culture to the rest of the world.

When States Dream, Is Syria Their Nightmare?

Syria is emerging as a metaphor for the fragmentation and chaos that the modern world barely contains.

We’ve Used Up Our One-Time-Only Economic Boost From Fossil Fuels

It’s high time to come up with a new model of economic growth and innovation that works for all of us.

Are We Near the End of NATO?

Problems with Turkey, Eastern Europe, and Donald Trump could tear the rickety alliance apart at the seams.

Our Current Political Order is on the Verge of Collapse

The rise of Trump-esque politicians all over the world is a result of cultural, economic, and political backlashes that are helping these illiberal populists win.

Why a “Trumpxit” May Be Harder Than it Looks

Looking for a place to escape from President Trump? You’re running out of options.

Keep Elites Accountable, But Don’t Dumb the Issues Down

Complex global challenges require committed activists who stand on principle as well as experts on the inside who can play the political game.

The Trump Doctrine: Talk Loudly and Carry the Biggest Stick Possible

Trump’s foreign policy isn’t an alternative to U.S. empire. It’s just a cruder rendition of it.

Russia’s DNC Hack is Just the Tip of the Tundra

Some see Putin’s Russia as a counterweight to U.S. global meddling. But Moscow is increasingly mimicking Washington’s worst behavior.

China’s Future is at a Crossroads

China must decide if it wants to secure “great power” status in the security realm or focus on regional economic growth for a sustainable future.

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The attempted military coup in Turkey and the possibility of a President Trump may have more Americans considering the military option.

How This Became the Era of the Gunman

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