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.

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Trump’s Only Election Strategy Was Racism

Republicans can only win by racial gerrymandering and voter suppression. And Trump can only win by using fear and racism.

North and South Korea Deconstruct Guard Towers at the Border

John Feffer discusses the North and South Korea border, U.S. arms control agreements, and Brazillian president Jair Bolsonaro.

What’s Missing from Bernie Sanders’ ‘Progressive International’

To challenge fascists and weak-tea liberals, Sanders has called for a Progressive International… but it’s not very international.

Assassins Without Borders

Saudi Arabia’s apparent assassination of Jamal Khashoggi might have taken inspiration from Russia and North Korea — or Israel and the United States.

Why Is the Radical Right Still Winning?

What that Protestant Reformation can teach us about the durability of far-right movements — and the order they seek to replace.

Do Bullies Always Win?

Trump’s bullying worked with Canada, has half-worked with Iran and North Korea, but has had nothing but malign impact on Israeli-Palestinian relations.

North Korea: Nukes vs. War?

Is denuclearization of North Korea part of the solution — or part of the problem?

#MeToo Goes Global

The U.S. isn’t the only country where women are lining up to burn down the (frat) house.

There’s a New Crash Coming

Skyrocketing debt, Wall Street deregulation, a fraying social safety net, and a diminished dollar could soon leave the United States looking like Greece.

The GOP Wants Trumpism, Just Without Trump

Critics like that anonymous op-ed writer have no problem with how Trump’s actually hurting people. They just want the leader doing it to look more presidential.

Who Was the Real Maverick: McCain or Trump?

John McCain was a politician, not a maverick — he played ball, and sometimes compromised. Trump is the true maverick: He’s batshit crazy and there’s no dealing with him.

What Trump Means by the ‘Deep State’

Sure, federal agencies have acted illegally — when the president tells them to. Trump’s war on the “Deep State” is entirely about impunity for himself.

The Best of All Possible Worlds?

The powerlessness of positive thinking in the age of Trump.

Wait, You’re Sanctioning Us?!

It’s time for the world to blacklist Trump, his associates, and his businesses.

The War Before the Iran War

Division in the ranks of the conservative movement is a critical sign that a war with Iran isn’t inevitable.

Trump’s Dirty Money

Russian money saved Trump when his projects were on the verge of collapse. Will it now be the cause of his political demise?

The Flight 93 Doctrine

Donald Trump’s Kamikaze Attack on Globalism

Europe Should Bolt NATO

Europe should take advantage of Trump’s hostile attitude to get out of a relationship that’s brought more drawbacks than benefits.

What’s Behind Trump’s Assault on Europe

Trump is attacking Europe and siding with Russia for political — and not just personal — reasons.

Trump’s Investment in North Korea

The president may be a diplomatic wrecking ball, but he believes his investment in Korea is too big to fail. That’s a good thing.

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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