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.


Escape From Ignorance and Chalga (Part 1)

Over the last quarter century, the population of Bulgaria has dropped from 9 to 7.3 million people.

Serbia’s Strategic Ambiguity and the EU

As Washington does with Beijing and Taipei, Serbia practices strategic ambiguity with Kosovo.

The Failure of Funding Roma Inclusion

Money that the European Commission provides to Bulgaria to fund Roma inclusion projects is diverted elsewhere.

Fight for Human Rights in Bulgaria Meets With Mixed Success

The recent attack on a Bulgarian politician who champions immigrant rights wasn’t a clear-cut case of ultra-right nationalism.

When Soft Power Fails

“Soft power” doesn’t work when it’s a fig leaf for military dominance.

Where Bulgaria Went Wrong

Bulgaria naively embarked upon a ready-made Western model of change: neoliberalism.

Taming the Wild East: Bulgaria

Risk Monitor’s Stefan Popov is trying to change the image of Bulgaria as the Wild East frontier of the European Union.

On Brink of Admission to EU, Some Croatians Still Euro-skeptic

Daniel Bucan is not your usual run-of-the-mill Euroskeptic. He’s a former diplomat whose last posting was in Strasbourg, at the Council of Europe.

Whither Serbia’s Future When Its Citizens Elect “The Undertaker” President?

Many of the same people from the Milosevic era have been returned to power.

Bulgarians Wear Their Pessimism as a Badge

In 2009, Bulgarian pessimism was worse than that of Iraqis and Afghans.

Bulgaria’s Educated Among Those Most Likely to Discriminate Against Roma

The Roma continue to be marginalized in Bulgaria.

Afghanistan: Avoiding Default

Three scenarios for how the U.S. might manage its involvement in Afghanistan between now and 2014.

North Korea’s Nuclear Theater

The latest rocket launch creates an illusion for the people of North Korea that they live, if not in paradise, then at least in a country that holds its own.

The Oracle of Belgrade

Activist Sonja Licht took no pleasure in correctly predicting the tragedy of Yugoslavia.

Reconnecting the Balkans

“There is no success in the Balkans without reconnecting everything except politics.”

Serbia’s Future: Back to the Past

Sonja Biserko, an early critic of Slobodan Milosevic, remains resolute in her critique of Serbian nationalism.

Name that Foreign Policy Legacy

Under Obama’s leadership, Washington is finally coming to terms with the world’s multipolarity.

Bulgaria’s New Left

A major change that has taken place in East-Central Europe in the last few years is the emergence of a new left.

Obama: The Legacy Term?

Obama’s real legacy could be accepting America’s changing place in the world.

The Surrealism of the Everyday in Serbia

The author interviews Aleksandar Zograf, who first gained notoriety for his political cartoons during the NATO bombing of Serbia.

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

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

    America First

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

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