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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Seismic Inequality

Why Chile fared better than Haiti after earthquakes struck both countries.

Blood Sport

The Washington game is getting rougher and uglier.

Earthquake Olympics

Democracy, market forces, and religious apostasy aren’t determining factors in the scores Chile and Haiti notched in this grim competition.

Velvet Imperialists

The Obama administration is hearing, but not listening, when it comes to U.S. military bases.

Why Our Taliban’s Gaining Traction

The far-right wing in the Netherlands is just as intolerant and narrow-minded and xenophobic as the radical Islamists.

Music is Still the Weapon

Hope isn’t lost for those who believe that art can transform our world.

Time-Lapse Foreign Policy

There are some aspects of our tech-powered reality where we should be pressing “pause” instead of “fast-forward.”

Can Japan Say No to Washington?

In a dispute over one insignificant base on the Japanese island of Okinawa, are we feeling early rumblings on the Asian faultline of American global power?

Choco Pies vs. Cold Noodles

Maybe the secret to reunification in the Korean peninsula is winning over hearts and stomachs.

Will Facebook Remake the World?

What’s the impact of social networking on global governance, reform, and revolution?

The Strange Case of Libya

He’s odd, unpredictable, and dictatorial. So, what can Muammar el-Gaddafi teach us about peace?

Asia: C+

The first Pacific president did pretty well on Asia policy — except for mishandling relations with Japan.

Rugged Collectivism

For some years now, the radio has been announcing a yellow alert. Will we fight over space in the bomb shelter of The Twilight Zone or work together in a spirit of rugged collectivism to avert the looming disasters?

The Next Great Transformation

Should the United States look to China for inspiration?

Obama’s Avatar Moment

The president needs a new blockbuster.

Year One

Given an impressive first-year record, why does Obama get a C- on foreign policy?

Foreign Policy: C-

On his report card after the first year the president passes in foreign policy, but barely and with a note in the margin: needs improvement.

Street Heat and Foreign Policy

Why have progressives failed to transform U.S. foreign policy?

The New New Anti-Communism

Apparently the Cold War witch-hunts haven’t ended yet.

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

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