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.


It’s a Shame Chalmers Johnson Did Not Live to See the U.S. Air Base on Okinawa Closed

In the wake of Chalmers Johnson’s passing, we must carry on his crusade to dismantle the American empire.

Cruising for a Bruising

We Americans believe that we are entitled to special treatment.

Tea Party at the Pentagon?

What if the tea partiers decided to go after big government over at the Pentagon?

The Lies of Islamophobia

The persistence of Crusader myths and their transposition into a Cold War framework help explain why the West is saddled with so many misconceptions about Islam.

Midterm Miscarriage

The Obama agenda, instead of coming to term after four years, is suffering a miscarriage halfway through.

Outsourcing Television

American television viewers are being asked to sympathize with a group of Indian workers who have jobs that Americans have recently lost.

What’s So Funny about Outsourcing?

The new TV show on outsourcing: bad taste or good sign?

Not-So-Magical Realism

The printed word, as historians and archivists and lawyers will tell you, can be very powerful indeed.

The White Noise of War

The hearts and minds of Pakistan have spoken. But they can’t be heard above the white noise of war.

Mock Drone Attack

IPS’ers take to the streets to show the public what a drone attack looks like from the point of civilians.

Take This Job and…

We need to update the Johnny Paycheck song for this era of high unemployment and high military spending.

More Jobs, Less War

We should cut the military budget and use that money to fund our transition to a greener economy.

We Have to Trim the Bloated Pentagon Budget and Use the Cash for a ‘Green Dividend’ to Create Good Jobs

How can we come out of this recession with a manufacturing sector and a workforce that are globally competitive, that produce things that people need in the new green economy?

The Green Dividend

The United States failed to capitalize on a Peace Dividend. Now, with the economy in a rut and the globe heating up, we have a second chance to shift Pentagon funds to domestic needs with a Green Dividend.

Gorbachev of the Pentagon?

The United States is facing a Soviet-sized crisis. Where is the Gorbachev who can rein in our military?

‘They’ Are Not Taking ‘Our’ Jobs

If you’re upset about the unemployment rate, don’t blame immigrants.

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.

Project Director and Associate Fellow

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