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.


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.

Can Beijing and Moscow Help with Tehran?

Washington is hoping for a united front against Iran’s nuclear ambitions. But China and Russia have ambitions of their own.

The Foreign Policy of Optimism

The power of positive thinking has often warped American foreign policy, as a new book by Barbara Ehrenreich suggests.

Bye-bye, Dubai

What does it mean for the global economy when even a city of oil-rich opulence can’t escape the recession?

The Art of Extraction

Artists uncover the true costs of coal.


Beginnings and endings.

Exceptional or Exceptionalism?

Even a groundbreaking president can’t escape history.

Obama’s Surge and Pakistan

U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan is built on two coups, one in Kabul and the other in Islamabad.

Honduran Elections a Parody of Democracy

The recent elections are the latest act in the Honduran theater of the absurd, reports columnist Laura Carlsen.

Africa and the Economic Crisis

While the world focuses on Afghanistan, Africa is addressing the global economic crisis in new ways.

The AfPak Train Wreck

The president’s goals in escalating the war in Afghanistan are deeply flawed. Just ask the Russians.

A Tale of Two Human Rights Awardees

Washington supports those who protest against regimes it opposes and ignores the human rights activists of allied countries.

Climate and Capitalism in Copenhagen

The negotiators in Copenhagen are likely to address only half the story, argues columnist Walden Bello.

Nation-Building in Afghanistan

The United States can learn from the mistakes made in Iraq to craft a new approach to Afghanistan.

Postcard From…Tawang

The two emerging economic giants India and China still have some unfinished border business.

Hitting the Brakes on Afghanistan

Because speeding up won’t get us anywhere we want to be.

Obama Takes a Bow?

Critics lambasted Obama’s deferential style. They missed the real story of the president’s Asia trip.

Fort Hood: The War at Home

The tragic effects of the policies that motivate those abroad to attack U.S. soldiers have finally hit home in a direct and devastating way.

The Battle for Angola’s Oil

A new battle is underway between the United States and China over Angola’s oil resources.

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

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

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