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.


UN Reform: Don’t Hold Your Breath

Almost all of the proposals to reform the UN are worse than the situation they purport to remedy.

Afghanistan: War Trumps Elections

The military won’t defeat al-Qaeda and the Taliban, writes Frida Berrigan. Nor will elections in an occupied country solve this problem.

Chinese Assassination Squads

What the CIA might have said…

Response to Chomsky

The United States is often, but not always, wrong, and its enemies are sometimes, but not always, right.

Clinton Tone-Deaf During Africa Trip

Hillary Clinton tried to emphasize the importance of Africa during her recent trip, but only managed to emphasize how marginal the continent remains to U.S. foreign policy.

After the Sunshine Generation

The death of Kim Dae Jung, the suicide of Roh Moo Hyun, and the illness of Kim Jong Il all point to the end of a generation committed to North-South engagement.

Iran Gas Ban: Step toward War with Iran?

The proposed U.S. ban on gasoline sales to Iran is better than bombing the country. But, columnist Michael Klare asks, could such a ban lead to war anyway?

Postcard From…Damascus

The Iraqi refugee situation in Syria is becoming increasingly problematic.

Global Spin Doctors

Public relations…for countries?

Kosovo, East Timor, R2P, and Ian Williams

Noam Chomsky refutes Ian Williams’ claim that NATO’s bombing of Serbia in 1999 did not precipitate atrocities in Kosovo.

Review: ‘The Future of Global Relations’

America is on the way out. Are regions on the way in?

Lack of North American Leadership

The three amigos met in Guadalajara and failed to usher in a new paradigm of North American cooperation.

Learning from the British in Iraq

History suggests that the United States won’t be leaving Iraq any time soon.

Postcard From…Dharamsala

Dharamsala is where Tibet 2.0 is being created.

Bill’s Excellent Adventure

Mr. Clinton goes to North Korea.

Inching toward Compromise in the Middle East

To reach a peace settlement in the Middle East, the United States has to put pressure on Israel and reach out to Hamas.

Their Martyrs and Our Heroes

Powerful, developed countries have suicide bombers too.

The Geopolitics of Facebook

The revolution will be socially networked.

Ban Ki Moon and R2P

The UN secretary general has taken a forceful position on the Responsibility to Protect doctrine.

Against the Lisbon Treaty

The European radical left opposes the latest version of European integration.

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