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.

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Dear White People: How Trump’s Racism Affects Foreign Policy

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Human Rights and the Trump-Kim Summit

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Trump’s Korean Shell Game

The U.S. and North Korean leaders are both playing a long con designed to maintain their own short-term political survival.

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The Bolton Administration Has Already Begun

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Korea and the Geopolitics of the Impossible

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Trump, Terrorism, and the Politics of Witch Hunts

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Trump, who started out his administration with radical outsiders, is now bringing in a new wave of competent extremists.

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Trump’s “art of the deal” is about to get its most high-profile test yet. The early prognosis is not good.

The New, New Cold War

The Cold War has been around, in various permutations, for a long time. It will take patience, organizing, compromises, and some luck to bury it once and for all.

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Do Russiagate Skeptics Go Too Far?

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