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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Multilateralism and the Biden Administration

The Biden Administration should help create stronger, more equitable, and more democratic multilateral structures at the international and regional level.

Painting the World Green

How committed is the Biden administration to reshaping U.S. foreign policy to save the planet?

The Talented Mr. Bin Salman

The Saudi prince, like the Patricia Highsmith character, is a confidence man, serial killer, and all-around psychopath. The United States should stop enabling him.

The Claudius Presidency

After four years of an American Caligula, will Joe Biden bring the United States back into the international community?

The U.S. Senate Is a Global Problem

The acquittal of Trump was bad, but the Senate’s approach to foreign affairs over the years has been even worse.

Beating Back the Far Right Globally

It’s time to resurrect a global anti-fascist consensus to name, shame, and throw these guys out of the game.

Russia: A New Start?

Can Moscow and Washington find common cause against the global scourges of nuclear weapons, climate change, and pandemic?

What Explains COVID’s East-West Divide?

Asia has done a much better job of containing the pandemic. Do values have anything to do with it?

The Future of U.S. Democracy Promotion

Because of the events of the last weeks, months and years, should “democracy promotion” be permanently removed from the U.S. foreign policy lexicon?

The Fall of Trump

Donald Trump has always been about me, me, me. Now he has no one left to blame.

Knives Out: Boycott, Purge, and Prosecute

The ForeverTrumpers are challenging the Constitution. They should be penalized for their efforts.

Biden’s Approach to North Korea and the NPT Option

How about turning North Korea’s nuclear weapons into solar panels?

America’s Destructive Denialisms

The refusal of tens of millions of Americans to recognize the election results is part of a much larger denialism — of COVID-19, of climate change, and U.S. decline.

Biden Won’t Reset U.S. Foreign Policy On His Own

Biden’s foreign policy team matters less than the world they inherit, policies they pursue, and the pressure they get from progressives.

Who Needs Zombies When We Have Republicans?

How else would you describe Americans who deny a pandemic that’s killed 250,000 people and the election that repudiated Trump?

The Return of the Goldilocks Apocalypse

There’s no returning to normal after Donald Trump.

America Rejoins the World?

It simply doesn’t make a lot of sense to entrust leadership to a country with a severe personality disorder.

U.S. Democracy: The Four-Year Rule?

American democracy is in rough shape. It’s going to take more than this election to set it right.

This Election Is About Trump’s Pandemic Failures. But What Happens Next?

It’s going to take more than a change of personnel in Washington to address our decaying climate, public health, and democracy. But it’s not too late.

People to Autocrats: Not So Fast

Authoritarianism has been on the march for years, but people powered revolutions are pushing regimes toward democracy on nearly every continent.

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Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

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

    The Pandemic Pivot

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    America First

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