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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Authoritarian Symps

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The Problem with Young Dictators

Bashar al-Assad is not going to age out of office any time soon.

Celebrating Destruction

Our wartime commemorations are the functional equivalent of mounting the heads of our victims on pikes. Are we surprised that others celebrate bloodshed when we do the same?

The 1.5 Million Man March

China has its vanishing girls. North Korea has its disappeared prisoners. And America has a generation of missing, jailed, and dead black men.

The Case for a Robot-in-Chief

It’s time to stop relying on human presidents.

Obama’s Triple Crown

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Iran: Deal or No Deal?

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The 47 Republican Samurai

The Senate GOP’s letter to Iran was an act of vengeance for their discredited code of honor: neoconservatism.

The Kremlin’s Kool-Aid

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America’s top ally in East Asia is bulking up its military, picking fights with its neighbors, and showing a blithe disregard for democracy.

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If Ukraine wants to move closer to the West, it will probably have to submit to the knife.

ISIS Unites the World

There’s no better time for Sunni and Shia to sit down together and address not just ISIS but the injustice, intolerance, and inequality that birthed it.

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The complex federal project of the EU has proven fragile in the absence of a strong external threat.

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