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.


Empire Roundtable

We asked FPIF’s senior analysts to weigh in on the future course of American foreign policy: maintenance of empire or its rejection?

Trouble in Paradise

Madagascar is in the middle of political turmoil. The United States should resist the impulse to interfere.

On Trial 60 Years Later

Although it concluded more than 60 years ago, the Tokyo War Crimes Trial is still a live issue today — in Japan as in the world at large.

Progress on Cluster Bombs

With troops heading to Afghanistan and the Pentagon budget still rising, here’s some good news from the military front.

Naval Gazing

Before the Chinese show up off the coast of California for some imperial quid pro quo, the United States should wake up, sign the Law of the Sea, and actually abide by its provisions.

Strategic Dialogue: Responsibility to Protect

In response to genocide and ethnic cleansing, the UN has adopted a new doctrine called the Responsibility to Protect. Are we finally going to say “never again” or is it just “more of the same”?

R2P: Disciplining the Mice, Freeing the Lions

The Responsibility to Protect doctrine, regardless of the good intentions of some proponents, is just another method for the more powerful to impose their will on the less powerful.

R2P: No Love in a Time of Cholera

Inaction in the face of genocide is itself a crime.

R2P: Focus on Prevention

When it comes to protecting people from genocide, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Hearts and Minds and Empire

The Obama administration is going 3D: defense, diplomacy, and development. Is this a major shift from Bush-era doctrine or simply an updated version of the old counterinsurgency approach?

Sex Trafficking: The Abolitionist Fallacy

Criminalizing prostitution might seem like a good way to address sex trafficking.

Clinton in Indonesia: What She Missed

Hillary Clinton had nothing but praise for Indonesia on her recent visit. Somehow she missed genocide, religious intolerance, and a growing split between rich and poor.

Foreign Policy In Fashion

You can come to your own conclusion about the administration’s new clothes.

Neocons 1, Obama 0

Chas Freeman was on his way to head up the National Intelligence Council – until the right-wing attacks began.

Thinking Big in Crisis Time

Japan has entered a season of grand strategising. Government commissions, business associations, leading foundations, and academic working groups are all developing blueprints for a new, 21st-century Japanese role in the world.

Radical Sound Activism

Ultra-red makes art at the speed of sound.

The War Online

The recent war in Gaza was also waged online, but with an important difference: People were talking to each other and sometimes even listening.

Don’t Move On Yet

Let’s say that President Barack Obama appointed me as his Karl Rove. My advice: Don’t move on.

Fashioning Resistance to Militarism

Runaway military spending meets runway anti-military clothing: a new way of looking at the fashioning of war.

Obama and Israel’s Military: Still Arm-in-Arm

Despite some hopeful movement on Middle East issues, the new administration is still lavishing military aid on Israel and, by extension, the U.S. defense industry.

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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