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.


High Times in Yugoslavia

During global protests in 1968, Yugoslavian youth protested communist privileges and economic inequalities.

Rock the Regime: The Velvet Revolution

There wasn’t always samizdat. But there was always rock ‘n roll.

You Don’t Know Squat

When the Berlin Wall fell, squat culture expanded as Berliners took over abandoned properties in East Berlin.

The Real North Korea

Only North Koreans can change North Korea.

Bands Like Laibach a Powerful Amplifier of Former Yugoslav Social Discontent

“There was a very peculiar alliance between the punk music scene and the intellectuals, who tried to justify the appearance of this punk music.”

The Paradoxes of the Pacific Pivot

The U.S. needs to come up with a new and different Pacific pivot that places peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula at the top of the list of priorities.

Bulgaria’s Podkrepa Made the Same Mistake as Solidarity

The nineties were challenging years in Bulgaria for trade unions affiliated with the political opposition.

The Secret History of Yugoslavia

How Slobodan Milosevic quietly stoked sectarian bloodshed even as he wrapped himself in the Yugoslavian flag.

Bulgaria’s Labor Perpetually in Crisis

From the perspectives of trade unions, the reforms in Bulgaria over the last 20 years have been disastrous.

Revisiting the Velvet Divorce

Czechoslovakia, though it no longer exists, remains a symbol of courageous resistance and sensible conflict resolution

The Two Europes

Along with the divide between rich and poor in Europe, another has opened between the mobile and the stationary.

Bulgaria: The Next Generation

Bulgaria’s younger generation is distinguished from those who lived during the communist era by an awareness of the rest of the world — and how it perceives Bulgaria.

Organizing the Public in East-Central Europe

NGOs devoted to public works paradoxically became part of the wave of privatization that swept the region.

Human Rights in Serbia

One of the major problems plaguing the Balkans is impunity.

Eating History

Despite its triumphalism, the GDR museum in Berlin suggests that reunification remains an unfinished business.

The Bulgarian Turn

Not even the intelligentsia in Bulgaria are immune to the siren song of the new nationalism to which more and more Europeans are susceptible.

Escape From Ignorance and Chalga (Part 3)

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

Escape From Ignorance and Chalga (Part 2)

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

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.

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

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

    America First

    94.1 KPFA | April 7, 2019

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

    Moscow-Pullman Daily News | July 19, 2018