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.


Stealth Superpower

How Turkey is chasing China to become the next big thing.

Blaming Turkey

There’s plenty to criticize in Turkey’s conduct. But is it really an evil puppet master?

Who Killed Hatoyama’s Career?

It’s no mystery who’s responsible for the latest political tragedy in Japan.

The Trillion-Dollar Question

The trillion-dollar war bill and a half-billion-dollar jet fighter engine are connected in a way that goes beyond their status as budget items.

Scott Horton Interviews John Feffer

An Antiwar Radio interview on the fallout between the Koreas.

Kim Jong-Il: Right-Wing Mole?

It’s almost as if Pyongyang has ties to the Heritage Foundation.

Cheonan: Retaliate with Diplomacy

If we want to prevent any future Cheonans, we need to sit down with North Korea.

The Breakup

Some countries are starting to think that it’s time to move on from the USA.

Times Square Bomber Popped a Bubble

Not surprisingly, since we are conducting a virtual war inside their country, 64 percent of Pakistanis view the United States as an enemy.

Okinawa and Obama’s Base-Based Addiction

Japanese PM Hatoyama tries to sell Okinawa on a modified base relocation plan.

Terrorism in a Teacup?

The Times Square bomber showed that the anger over U.S. foreign policy isn’t just “over there.”

An Arms Race for Northeast Asia?

In the early 1990s, in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse, the world was anticipating a “peace dividend” from the end of the cold war. In one part of the world, however, military spending was not slowing down.

China’s Military Spending: Soft Rise or Hard Threat?

Interpreting China’s military expenditure has been a complicated issue with important regional implications. Although China publishes its official defense budget and provides justifications for increases in its military spending, most observers remain skeptical of the accuracy of the official figures and wary of the military modernization efforts. This skepticism has shaped the responses of other Asia-Pacific nations toward China’s military modernization.

The Israeli Exception

People are starting to wonder: Why should Israel get special treatment?

Starting Where North Korea Is

A new approach needs to be taken if we’re going to achieve progress in Northeast Asia.

Allied Regime Change

Washington’s plans to open a base in Okinawa is good news for nobody.

Okinawa v. Obama

Russia Today interviews John Feffer on the Okinawa bases issue.

Environmental Protection of Bases?

The new marine protection area in the Indian Ocean seems like a great step forward. Until you look at it a little more carefully.

Nuclear Follies

Are we in the process of giving up our nuclear addiction, or is this just flimflam from an addict who refuses to go cold turkey?

The Really Really Long War

Intolerance and bigotry lie at the root of Islamophobia — that and a thousand years of protracted conflict and bloodshed.

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