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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Governments Kill

Governments kill on our behalf. This arrangement is a form of social contract, which means that governments are basically contract killers.

Feeding the World

With evermore mouths to feed, how will we be able to coax more food out of our exhausted soil?

Con Game

Has the U.S. economy turned into a pyramid scheme?

Debt and Empire

Congress is cutting left and right. Will they also cut empire?

Norway: The Enemy Within

The Oslo terrorist took aim at multiculturalism, not Muslims.

Third Prize: You’re Fired

President Obama is trying to sell free trade agreements as win-win deals. The problem is that most people will only win dubious prizes.

Foreign Policy Goes Gaga

Celebrities are going global in their activism. But are they doing the right thing?

Art v. State

Ai Weiwei has challenged the Chinese authorities with his art and his Tweets — who will win this political tug-of-war?

Ten Little Republicans

The foreign policy of the Republican presidential candidates — in verse.

A Politician Who Distinguishes Fact from Fiction

Jim Webb would make a great Secretary of Defense.

Webb’s Parting Shots

While Robert Gates is spreading his soothing fictions about the U.S. military, Jim Webb is raising some uncomfortable facts.

Bunkum and Debunk ‘Em

Preferring Occam’s Hairball to Occam’s Razor, conspiracy theorists draw strength from their deep-seated distrust of government and the mass media.

A Tale of Two Raids

What we can learn from Serbia and its recent arrest of Ratko Mladic.

Gates Warns Against Future Defense Cuts

The Pentagon is big business in the United States, says FPIF co-director in this RT interview.

Obama: Surrendered Wife?

It’s time for the United States to change its submissive relationship with Israel.

Afghanistan under the Knife

We’ve stuck a knife deep into Afghanistan. With bin Laden dead, should we take it out or keep it in?

John Feffer on Inside Story: U.S. Pressure on China Human Rights

U.S.-China talks were once again focused on human rights, as well as trade and currency. Inside Story interviewed John Feffer and others to analyze the meaning of this new round of negotiations.

After Osama: China?

In the war between the United States and al-Qaeda, the big winner is: China.

Playing into Osama Bin Laden’s Hands

His greatest magic trick was to persuade the United States and its allies to expend enormous sums of money to fight a small, isolated, and anachronistic force that operated on the very margins of the Muslim world.

The Death of Osama bin Laden: An Interview with John Feffer

We have persuaded ourselves that we’re in control, even in this last act of extrajudicial killing. But even here, bin Laden has managed to glorify himself at our expense.

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Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

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

    John Feffer on NATO and the War in Ukraine

    KPFA UpFront | March 21, 2022

    The Pandemic Pivot

    C-SPAN | May 6, 2021

    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

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