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.


May Day Fails its Promise to Workers

Organizing is still a life-threatening proposition in many workplaces around the world.

Obama and Africa: Much Room For Improvement

The Obama administration can do better on Africa policy.

Fixing the Legacy of Apartheid

Guest columnist Khadija Sharife looks at the economic skeletons in the South African closet

100-Day Dash

After 100 days, the glass is now definitely more than half full. But we’re still a long way off from a fundamentally new relationship between America and the world.

Pelosi the Hawk

Nancy Pelosi’s record on the Middle East tacks right and undermines human rights.

Thirsting for Change: Obamas First 100 Days

Every administration promises great change, how does Obama stack up?

Obama’s First 100 Days: Foreign Policy

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Postcard from…Nairobi

Barack Obama is the president of the United States. But many people around the world view him as their president too.

Piracy and Empire

Pirates were present at the creation of the U.S. empire. Have they returned for the empire’s finale?

The Language of Climate Change

Without a multilingual argument for sustainable development, all the international conferences in the world won’t save us.

Words and Deeds in Trinidad

President Obama charted a new direction for U.S. policy toward Latin America. Now it’s time for him — and his allies — to make good on the promise.

Missing an Anti-Racism Moment

The Obama administration boycotted the UN conference on racism and missed a golden opportunity.

Great Neighbor Policy

Obama is repairing fences with points south at a time when the United States could use all the friends it can get.

Unlocking the Conflict in Western Sahara

A new framework for negotiations must take into account the positions of both Polisario and Morocco.

Monsters vs. Aliens

Why terrorists and pirates aren’t about to team up any time soon.

AFRICOM’s Ugandan Blunder

The Pentagon touts a victory for the Africa Command’s support of a recent Ugandan incursion into Congo. Media reports suggest otherwise.

North Korea’s Sunshine Policy

Pyongyang can extend its 15 minutes of international attention by following its demonstration of power with a show of diplomacy.

Empire Foreclosed?

Is the United States running out of power at this time of economic crisis?

Veterans and Poetry

Dayl Wise is a Vietnam veteran, a poet, and editor of two collections of veteran poetry. Kathryn Zickuhr asks him his views on war and literature.

Seeing Things

Trevor Paglen talks about the art of documenting that which does not want to be documented.

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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