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.


Dealing With Iran

The initial scenario in Iran turns out to be considerably more complicated.

Japan’s Three Elections

The U.S. military base in Okinawa is at the forefront of three Japanese elections this year.

It’s “Groundhog Day” All Over Again in Pyongyang

The United States is sanctioning North Korea at the worst time — for itself, as well as them.

Repackaging Assassination

An idea for a new CIA-based reality show.

My Weak Muslim President

Someday we might have a Muslim president of the United States. In the meantime, I’m hoping for a president who’s not afraid of appearing weak.

Can We Talk?

There’s a debate over the proposed mosque on ground zero. But as it turns out, it’s not a mosque, not on ground zero — and not really a debate.

Where’s Our Money?

If Robert Gibbs can’t answer the simple question — where’s our money — voters will do what they usually do in elections and let their pocketbooks determine their choices.

North Korea: Why Engagement Now?

Geopolitics drove the U.S.-China detente. It could do the same between Washington and Pyongyang.

When Reality Shows Collide

Reality TV has reached the White House. So when will it come to foreign policy?

War in Eastasia

When we conduct military exercises on China’s doorstep, and within range of a clearly unhappy North Korea, we might be unwittingly starting something that we neither want to nor are able to finish.

Shales’ Disgraceful Dis of Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour’s international point of view brings out the provincialism in Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales.

Obama: Faking Right?

Obama may be fooling us all by faking right and dribbling right — but it’s our responsibility to close down that lane and make sure he drives to the left.

Shades of Evil

Our foreign policy — and Foreign Policy magazine — could perhaps benefit from a little more honest introspection.

Spy vs. Spy

If we ask some hard questions about the means and ends of intelligence-gathering, perhaps we might discover that all this spycraft is as overrated on our side as on theirs.

Hummer Rules

We need leadership that can reveal the invisible hand of government and remind the public that government is the instrument by which we the people regulate ourselves.

Right-wing Loonies Support Okinawa Base Relocation

Ersatz Buddha wildly inflates extent of support for U.S. bases on Okinawa.

BP and Sado-Messochism

Have the messes we’ve been making finally reached a point where they can’t be cleaned up?

The Talented Tenth

When will we wean ourselves of the delusion that a talented tenth — be they entrepreneurs or technocrats or pundits — will deliver us from poverty and the other ills of the world?

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?

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

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

    America First

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    His View: Iran vs. North Korea: Obama got a better deal

    Moscow-Pullman Daily News | July 19, 2018