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.


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.

Book Review:’The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority’

A new book on U.S. trade policy demonstrates that fast track is the wrong track.

Asia’s Axis of Evil?

Burma and North Korea are the pariahs of Asia. Are these birds of a feather flocking together?

Demystifying Iran

Beneath the fog of politics, according to a new documentary, Iran has a vibrant youth and art culture.

Obama and Arroyo: Time for a Reset

The worsening human rights situation in the Philippines requires the United States to rethink its political and economic relations with the country.

Slaying the Dragon

Our new king’s armor is starting to get tarnished.

Muslim Voices

Islam is far from monolithic. A recent arts and ideas festival in New York proves the point.

Pushing South Asia Toward the Brink

The United States is arming both India and Pakistan, encouraging India’s nuclear program, and destabilizing the region through its military efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan, argues Zia Mian.

Postcard from…Eastleigh

As Somalia collapses, it threatens to take Kenya down with it.

The Advent of the G14

The recent G8 meeting in Italy was another reminder that size matters – particularly when it comes to economic summits.

Gassed to Death

Every year we lose more people on American roads than we did in the three-year-long Korean War.

The Intelligence Oversight Mess

The latest assassination scandal reveals a longstanding congressional oversight problem.

North Korea’s ‘Papillon’

The test of a first-rate policy toward North Korea is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time — the horror of the labor camps and the imperative of political engagement — and still retain the ability to function.

Would MLK Back Iran’s Protesters?

The opposition has to change drastically if it is to qualify as a genuine civil rights movement.

Blood and Oil in Central Asia

Conn Hallinan shows how the map of conflict corresponds all too well with the map of future energy supplies.