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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Two Leaders, Two Deaths

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and Czech leader Vaclav Havel occupied the opposite ends of the political continuum.

The New Chicken Littles

After Islamist parties won three elections in a row, Chicken Littles threw up their hands in horror.

Appeasement Complex

Is detente with Burma just around the corner?

Occupy Foreign Affairs

Inequality has become so extreme that even the foreign policy elite is worried.

Droning On

The CIA’s drone war in Pakistan is setting precedents that will one day come back to haunt America.

America Is Not Broke

How to pay for the crisis while making the country more equitable, green, and secure.

Is Europe Over?

What made Europe a compelling political, economic, and social alternative wedged between Anglo-American free marketeers and Soviet nomenklatura is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

The Militarization of Paradise

Jeju Island: honeymoon spot, UNESCO world heritage site, naval base. What’s wrong with this picture?

Seoul Salvation

The first politician of the Occupy Wall Street era has become the mayor of Seoul.

Breaking Down Bases

A bipartisan group of senators is finally getting the message on U.S. bases overseas.

Target: Africa

Al-Qaeda is having a near-death experience, so why is the Obama administration opening a new front against terrorism in Africa?

The Ungreening of Obama

Going into the 2012 elections, the president is desperate to create jobs and willing to sacrifice the environment in order to secure a second term.

Resolution against the Machine

One county dared to stand up to the military-industrial complex. The complex has fought back.

Wall Street (Unlike)

They occupied their squares to defeat tyrants; we occupy our squares to defeat the tyranny of business as usual.

Why 2012 Will Shake Up Asia and the World

Can Washington move from Pacific power to Pacific partner?

Fear of an Islamic Planet

Is political Islam poised to “hijack” the Arab Spring, and why does that scare so many people?

Review: The Survival of North Korea

If North Korea isn’t about to collapse, then policymakers must stop complaining and deal with it.

Dale Carnegie of the Middle East

Turkey is winning friends and influencing the Middle East, but its Dale Carnegie approach doesn’t extend to Israel.

Libya and the Bully Problem

How does the principle of “first do no harm” come up against the problem of ruthless leaders?

Did 9/11 Make Peace Passe?

The U.S. Institute for Peace wants to change its name. What’s the matter with peace all of the sudden?

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