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.


Interview with Malalai Joya

The Afghan activist and legislator says no to the United States and NATO, the warlords, and the Taliban, and says yes to democracy.

Legacy of Abuse in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government has brushed aside Western criticism of its abusive practices. But that might be about to change.

Strategic Dialogue: Afghanistan

Should we stay or should we go: that’s the question.

Obama Must Pick Gurneys Over Guns

Two expensive problems. Lots of debt. Will the administration make the right choice when it comes to health care or war?

Good Moon Rising?

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is under attack. The critics are missing his many achievements.

Toward a More Perfect Nobel

How Obama can earn his prize. Also, how one man is bringing baseball to Cambodia.

Review: ‘Guardians of the Revolution’

In this new book, Ray Takeyh argues for engaging Iran rather than isolating it.

The Goldstone Report: Killing the Messenger

The Obama administration and congressional Democrats, in rejecting the recommendations of the Goldstone report, have defended Israeli war crimes in Gaza.

Losing the Moral High Ground

With the deadline for closing Guantanamo looming, the Obama administration risks repeating many of the errors of the Bush years.

From Killing Fields to Fields of Dreams

Joe Cook had a vision: build a field in Cambodia and they will come.

The Hand of Obama

The president’s headed to the casino for strategies on foreign policy.

Send Bosworth to North Korea

President Obama can break the impasse with North Korea by sending special envoy Stephen Bosworth for face-to-face talks in Pyongyang.

The Return of the Non-Aligned Movement?

It’s time to exit the unipolar age, with the help of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Decision Point: Afghanistan

Even if McChrystal gets all of the troops he wants, is it mission impossible?

Why Afghanistan

Afghanistan requires a long-term U.S. commitment, not as a military occupier but rather as a development partner.

"We Deeply Regret"

The U.S.-German bombing at Kunduz has shattered the myth that the Afghan campaign was about digging wells, building schools, and bringing peace.

Casino Capitalism as Usual

G20 leaves needed reforms for global economy off the table.

The Hayden Letter

Why is the former director so eager to suppress the CIA investigation?

Carbon Disarmament

Global warming and nukes, if treated improperly, will both leave us cooked.

Afghanistan: NATO’s Graveyard?

Is the transatlantic alliance doomed?