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.


Big Meetings

I’d much rather that representatives of the world’s nations gather on a regular basis to bore themselves to death in a conference rather than beat themselves to death in a war. Make resolutions, not war is the bumper sticker of the future.


When it comes to Vietnam and China, the frenemy of our frenemy is an even closer frenemy.


Washington has gone on the offensive in yet another realm: cyberspace.

Spying on the North

The United States and its South Korean ally have been trying to acquire human intelligence about North Korea for decades.

The Price of Democracy

We spend world-class sums on our elections. Why don’t we get world-class results?


As it graduates from college, Generation Y has a chance to become the Global Generation.

The Pentagon’s Obesity Problem

Instead of dieting together, the Pentagon is trying to keep our NATO allies fat and unhappy.

America the Serial Killer

America was baptized in blood and has been steeped in blood ever since. Our drone attacks are only the latest episode of serial killing.

Waiting for Copernicus

Maybe the end of the Washington consensus is finally upon us.

Okinawa: Small Step Forward?

The U.S. military footprint on Okinawa is shrinking, but the impasse over bases remains.

NATO vs. Rogues?

Come November, someone’s going to have to tell the next president the hard news: the emperor has no alliance.

Debating Syria

Is diplomacy dead in Syria, or have we only just begun to negotiate?

Death and Taxes

The United States accounts for approximately 43 percent of all global military expenditures.

Scraping the Bottom

We are all trust fund babies living off the wealth of our ancestors.

North Korea’s Failed Fireworks

Why the big fuss over North Korea’s satellite launch?

The Crusades Are Back

An interview about Islamophobia and how it affects politics today.

Arms Down

As we get ready to give our taxes to the Pentagon, here’s a three-part strategy for reducing global military spending.

Review: Noam Chomsky’s “Occupy”

Veteran writer and activist Noam Chomsky is not one to watch the Occupy movement from the sidelines.

The Foreign Policy President?

Has Obama had any significant progressive foreign policy successes?

Crusade 2.0: The West’s Resurgent War on Islam

Crusade 2.0 examines the resurgence of anti-Islamic sentiment in the West and its global implications.

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