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.


Siding with the Barbarians

Two radical artists have set up an immigration agency, a political consulting firm, a Ponzi scheme for marketing contemporary art, and seven other enterprises. Welcome to the mock entrepreneurial art of Société Réaliste.

Dance and Child Soldiers

Dance/movement therapy can help child soldiers deal with trauma and postwar reconciliation.

Outsourcing North Korea Policy

Washington can’t rely on Beijing to clean up this mess.

America’s Sorry Policy

It would be truly breathtaking if George W. Bush — or any of the architects of the U.S. foreign policy fiascos of the 21st century — donned a hair shirt, repented of his actions, and performed an ideological about-face.

Why the Maghreb Really Matters

It’s not terrorism or trade that matters most in the Maghreb, but self-determination for the Sahrawis of Western Sahara.

The New U.S.-Russian Détente?

Russian analyst Dmitri Trenin talks with FPIF’s Paul Hockenos about the economic crisis, the Obama challenge, and the potential for a restart in U.S.-Russian relations.

Nuclear Promises

The Obama administration has promised to pursue nuclear abolition. Columnist Zia Mian provides the new president with a way to fulfill this promise.

Twenty Years Later

Twenty years later, we are still waiting for our invitation to the Cold War’s funeral.

Korean Tragedies

North Korea’s nuclear test and Roh Moo-Hyun’s suicide have both cast a shadow on inter-Korean cooperation. But engagement is needed now more than ever.

Annotate This: Obama’s Speech on National Security

With all his talk of war and terrorism, the president seems to be edging closer to the stances of the previous administration.

Nightmare on Cheney Street

If Wes Craven decided to make a horror movie out of the last year of U.S. politics, he would definitely cast Dick Cheney as the monster that can’t be silenced.

Shadow Wars

The Bush administration is gone, but covert operations are still going on.

The G-2 Paradox

China and the United States should definitely be talking more about economic and environmental issues. But they also need to talk about reducing their military spending and avoiding a new cold war.

North Korea and Malign Neglect

The Obama administration needs to abandon its default position and seriously engaged North Korea.

Iran’s Next Leadership?

In their upcoming presidential elections, Iranians will make a choice that will have profound implications on their country’s relationship with the United States and the world.

Postcard from…Goma

The international community has promised assistance to refugees in Congo. But not much has reached them.

Will China Save the World from Depression?

China’s stimulus package is not likely to bail out either the Chinese peasants or the global economy.

Quaker Utopias

What would it look like if Quakers ruled the world?

Bridging the Climate Change Gap

The United States must help poor countries deal with the impact of climate change.

Poetic Document Making

The provocative work of German-born artist Andrea Geyer make us confront our responsibility as citizens.

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

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

    America First

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    His View: Iran vs. North Korea: Obama got a better deal

    Moscow-Pullman Daily News | July 19, 2018