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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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.

The Islamic State and the Terrible Twos

If we continue to think about the Islamic State as a force to be fought on the battlefield, its second year will be worse than its first.

Asia: On the Rocks

U.S. efforts to construct an “armed peace” in the Asia-Pacific are only encouraging a cycle of escalation.

Reviving the North Korea-Iran Axis?

Hardliners want to use North Korea as a hammer to destroy the nuclear agreement with Iran. They’d better start looking for a more effective instrument.

Venture Capitalists Rule the World

Every economic class in America plays a different game of chance, each with its own vastly different cost and payout.

Why the World Is Becoming the Un-Sweden

Convergence theory predicted that the world would become like Swedish social democracy. Why has the opposite happened?

Authoritarian Symps

In the post-Cold War era, the right and even some on the left are playing a new game of “Who’s your favorite dictator?”

The Problem with Young Dictators

Bashar al-Assad is not going to age out of office any time soon.

Celebrating Destruction

Our wartime commemorations are the functional equivalent of mounting the heads of our victims on pikes. Are we surprised that others celebrate bloodshed when we do the same?

The 1.5 Million Man March

China has its vanishing girls. North Korea has its disappeared prisoners. And America has a generation of missing, jailed, and dead black men.

The Case for a Robot-in-Chief

It’s time to stop relying on human presidents.

Obama’s Triple Crown

Obama’s no peace president, but he’s won important diplomatic victories. Will they survive the 2016 election?

Iran: Deal or No Deal?

Rare are the moments when enormously complex situations lend themselves to unambiguous yes-or-no answers. This is one of them.

The 47 Republican Samurai

The Senate GOP’s letter to Iran was an act of vengeance for their discredited code of honor: neoconservatism.

The Kremlin’s Kool-Aid

Washington is responsible for a plethora of global calamities. But Putin’s Russia isn’t offering an appealing alternative at all.

Is Japan’s Prime Minister the Next Putin?

America’s top ally in East Asia is bulking up its military, picking fights with its neighbors, and showing a blithe disregard for democracy.

Can Ukraine Gnaw Its Way out of Trouble?

If Ukraine wants to move closer to the West, it will probably have to submit to the knife.

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

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

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