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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Obama: The Fairy-Tale President?

Obama’s made a lot of Faustian bargains over the last seven years. But given his likely successors, what we got over the last two terms may be as good as it gets.

Syria: Mission Possible

There’s no grand, exciting solution to the war in Syria. It’s going to take an endless parade of meetings where people sit and talk. And talk. And talk.

Burma: Democracy with an Asterisk?

Burma’s constitution awards a quarter of its parliament to the military. But that’s not Aung San Suu Kyi’s biggest problem by a long shot.

The Schrodinger Solution for Syria

The only sensible solution to the Syrian crisis is a quantum one in which Bashar al-Assad is simultaneously there and not there.

What Comes After Empire?

Let’s say the U.S. actually curbed its military adventurism, reeled in the Pentagon budget, and closed its global network of bases. Then what?

A Kumbaya Moment for the Middle East? Hardly.

Despite Washington’s move toward detente with Iran, other regional conflicts — especially in Israel-Palestine, where an “intifada of knives” is underway — are looking as volatile as ever.

Is Putin Really as Foolish as We Are?

Putin’s attempt at “shock and awe” in Syria has all the hallmarks of failed U.S. interventions of the past

Mouth Wide Shut

Under Obama, whistleblowers face a total of 751 months behind bars — compared to 24 months for all other whistleblowers combined since the American Revolution.

The Middle East’s New Nakba

The chain of events set into motion by the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq is reaching its logical conclusion — the disintegration of multi-ethnic states and a great expulsion of innocents.

 What Can ‘Star Trek’ Teach Us About American Exceptionalism?

The quintessentially American urge “to boldly go,” regardless of consequence, has gotten humanity into a heap of trouble.

After Obama: Clinton vs. Sanders

Hillary Clinton just laid out a hawkish foreign policy vision in a major speech. How do her views stack up against those of Bernie Sanders, her challenger from the left?

China and the Opportunity Costs of September 11

The world’s two major powers lost a decade that could have been spent hashing out responses to climate change, the arms trade, and the global recession.

North Korea’s Sorry Politics

South Korea should focus less on extracting apologies from North Korea and more on pursuing pragmatic projects with Pyongyang.

The Middle Passage

For the refugees pouring into Europe, their journeys can be just as deadly as the war zones they’re fleeing.

Trump Takes on the World

Donald Trump’s not-so-veiled racism, crude economic populism, and male bravado make him the closest thing the U.S. has to an authentic European-style fascist.

After Iran, Is North Korea Next?

The Obama administration has concluded deals with Iran and Cuba. Will North Korea round out the trifecta?

Black Ops for Peace

Like it or not, diplomacy is all about backroom deals.

The Kurdish Elephant

In their latest deal to fight ISIS, Washington and Turkey are treating the Middle East’s largest stateless minority like pawns. That’s a huge mistake.

Greece, Iran, and the Rules of the Game

From Athens to Tehran, powerful countries make the rules and break the rules. Everyone else just squeezes the best deal they can — for now, anyway.

Iran Deal: Is Obama Channeling Nixon?

The nuclear deal with Iran, like Nixon’s opening to China in 1972, has the potential to be a geopolitical game changer — if it can get through Congress first.

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Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

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

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