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.


The Cost of Empire

Are we going to buy what Obama’s selling?

Robert McNamara’s Second Vietnam

At the World Bank, Robert McNamara wreaked as much havoc in countries as he did when head of the Pentagon.

Ratify the UN Disability Treaty

139 countries have ratified the disability treaty. But not the United States. The Obama administration can change that with a stroke of the pen.

Keynes: A Man for this Season?

Economist John Maynard Keynes is hot. But, as columnist Walden Bello explains, he’s not enough.

Denouncing Dictatorship in Uganda

Obama should repudiate U.S. support for Uganda’s near-dictator.

G8 Summit: Feed the Hungry or Fuel Hunger?

The food crisis is still with us in the form of impoverished farmers and impoverished analysis.

Japan-ROK Relations on the Rocks

South Korea and Japan are fighting over two tiny islands, but not because of fishing rights or the prospect of oil.

AfPak Blowback

Pakistan has one of the largest, most sophisticated militaries on the planet.

Strategic Dialogue: Bashir Indictment

Will the indictment of Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir lead to greater peace and justice or undermine those elusive goals? Meghan Stewart and Hussein Yusuf provide contrasting views.

Indicting Bashir Is Wrong

The International Criminal Court failed to take into consideration politics inside Sudan and in the region when making its faulty indictment.

Indicting Bashir is Right

The indictment of the Sudanese president is a strategic opportunity to bring peace to the country.

Playing the Hawk With North Korea

The Obama administration needs to recognize an aggressive policy toward North Korea is as ineffective now as it was during Clinton and Bush.

Weapons: Our #1 Export?

Rising arms exports may soon make weapons the major U.S. contribution to the world economy.

Democratic Shocks

What happened to the inevitable wave of democracy reaching every shore?

Iran: Code Orange?

The lessons of Ukraine’s “revolution” don’t bode well for Iran’s democratic movement.

Iran’s Do-It-Yourself Revolution

Iranians need no lessons in democracy from the United States.

Maintaining Distance from Iran

The United States can best promote change in Iran by not actively promoting change.

Report: Pakistan’s Ideological Blowback

In its fight against the Taliban, the Pakistani government is battling a creature of its own making.

A New Approach to Intelligence?

The Obama administration has yet to make substantive change in the way the United States does intelligence work.

Pearl Harbor, Part II?

The Japanese attacked us 68 years ago. The Pentagon is bracing for Pearl Harbor, part II.