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.


Obama: Cut Arms Exports

If the new president is serious about diplomacy, he needs to cut back on the huge number of weapons that the United States is dumping on the world market.

What Saudi Arabia Should Do

The United States should call on Saudi Arabia to push the Taliban and other fundamentalists in a more moderate direction.

Un-Gagging Women’s Human Rights

The “global gag rule” is gone. Now it’s time to move on to the rest of the global reproductive health agenda.

Our Pirates and Theirs

Why are more than a dozen of the world’s navies converging on Somalia to battle pirates there instead of sailing into New York to capture the Wall Street pirates?

Strategic Dialogue: Somalia

Two different takes on the Somali pirates and next steps to bring peace and stability to the Horn of Africa.

What’s Next for Somalia

The Obama administration should take the issue of piracy seriously and engage Somalia now.

Somalia: Waiting for Obama

The piracy issue is overblown, and the Obama administration needs to bring all sides to the table to reach a political compromise.

Purple Hearts: A Cold-Blooded Decision

Veterans with PTSD aren’t getting medals, medical care, or even a modicum of respect.

GWOT’s End?

Even if Obama holds to his word on torture, closes Guantánamo within the year, applies the same yardstick to detainees at Bagram and in Iraq, and eliminates the Clinton-era policy on extraordinary rendition, the death of the “global war on terror,” as Mark Twain once said of his own prematurely published obituary, is greatly exaggerated.

Bush, Obama, and the ‘Freedom Agenda’

President Obama is poised to continue the Bush administration’s “freedom agenda.” And that means scaled-up counter-insurgency.

Is Mitchell Up to the Task?

Will George Mitchell break the deadlock in the Middle East or just support the status quo?

Postcard From…Banja Luka

A young Bosnian veteran makes art, not war.

Repudiate the Carter Doctrine

President Obama can make the Iraq War the last time U.S. soldiers shed blood for oil.

Inaugural Mulligan

Let’s pretend that we’ve simply gotten off on the wrong foot with this century.

From Arms to Art

Let’s devote 1% of the stimulus package to the arts. And let’s go global with it.

Bush’s Path from ‘Humility’ to ‘Bring it On’

George W. Bush entered the White House in 2001 with the least foreign policy experience and the most modest foreign policy program of any modern U.S. president.

Israel and the United States: Up In Arms

Through its arms deals, the United States has influence over Israel. Columnist Frida Berrigan asks whether President-elect Obama will use that influence to stop the war in Gaza.

Lame Legacy

As Bush’s days in office wind down, the ultimate lame duck and his circle of sycophants begin to look towards securing his legacy.

Japan: The Price of Normalcy

Cute cartoon characters belie growing militarism in Japan.

Obama and Israel

Obama should act now to change the U.S.-Israel relationship — while Gaza is still burning and before it’s time to campaign for reelection.