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.


Congress Challenges AFRICOM

Congress is asking the right questions about the need for the Pentagon’s new Africa Command.

Avoiding Brinksmanship with Iran

Columnist Frida Berrigan discusses how to ensure that the next administration is not left with a major nuclear mess on its hands.

Iran Isolation Attempts Backfire

A pipeline connecting Iran, Pakistan, and India is upsetting U.S. plans to push Iran into a corner.

Playing Games with Iran

Negotiators are talking with Iran. Hardliners want to bomb. What’s the next move in this game with Iran?

The WTO’s Raw Deal on Services

Think trade liberalization in agriculture and industry is bad? What the United States and EU want to do with financial services is a train wreck about to happen.

An Uncomfortable Conversation about Nukes

Why is the Cold War Gang of Four suddenly in favor of nuclear disarmament? The answer is not entirely reassuring.

The Anti-Climate Summit

When it comes to climate change, columnist Walden Bello writes, the G8 got its numbers all wrong.

Be Ahead of the Pack

Here’s a tip on how to sound smart on foreign policy. When your friends are talking about the Iraq War, shake your head and look very somber. “The real problem,” you inform them, “is Iran.”

The Real Crisis in Pakistan

Hint: It’s not religious extremists.

Mad Cows, Mad People

What’s the relationship between the beef crisis in South Korea, the humanitarian crisis in North Korea, and the global food crisis?

Pakistans American Problem

The unpopularity of the United States in Pakistan should force Washington to rethink its policies, argues columnist Zia Mian.

Flooding the Future

Gigantic dams have returned to Latin America, reports columnist Laura Carlsen, and they’re just as destructive as the old ones.

The Abduction Narrative of Charles Robert Jenkins

Japan is obsessed with the North Korean abduction issue. A new book by a U.S. defector sheds light on this obsession.

North Korea, Japan and the Abduction Narrative of Charles Robert Jenkins

How will strange abductions from Korea figure in the transformation of Japanese foreign policy?

Japan and the Future of Nuclear Disarmament

The disarmament movement is poised to make great strides in the next few years. Much may depend on Japan.

African Dictatorships and Double Standards

Washington has rightly condemned human rights abuses in Zimbabwe. So why not Equatorial Guinea?

For Your Freedom and Ours

When, one by one, civil movements dislodged the communist governments in the region and ecstatic East Berliners tore down the Berlin Wall, we rejoiced too.

Sharp Attack Unwarranted

The campaign against Gene Sharp and the Albert Einstein Institution is beyond bizarre.

End of the Petroleum Age?

Columnist Michael Klare says that it’s time to start thinking about the post-oil era.

The Taliban and Pakistan: Strategic Dialogue

In a continuation of the discussion of Pakistan’s negotiations with extremists within its borders, three experts take issue with each other.

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