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.


Postcard from…Kwajalein

Military junk ensures that Kwajalein is no island paradise.

Empty Plate Club

What happened to the global food crisis? It was in the news and out again as quickly as a bad Hollywood movie.

Learning from the Soviets in Afghanistan

By withdrawing from Iraq, the United States can learn from the mistakes the Soviet Union made in Afghanistan.

Mother Earth’s Triple Whammy

Think the current global food crisis is something new? Just ask the North Koreans.

A New Cold War?

Politics is much like physics, columnist Conn Hallinan argues: for every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction. And NATO is generating just such a reaction.

Hunger Strikers Take on Radar Base

Two Czech peace activists went on a hunger strike to protest a proposed U.S. radar base in their country. Their message is spreading.


Will the next war for oil be in Africa?

Mother Earth’s Triple Whammy: Are We All North Koreans Now?

Why North Korea was a global crisis canary.

Getting to Yes

The country would be in better shape if Wisconsin were in charge.

South Korea’s Beef with America

South Korean concerns over American beef imports are legitimate.

Is Pakistan Appeasing the Taliban?

Pakistan is in danger of giving away too much to its local Taliban in the current talks.

Preparing for Peace in Pakistan

The United States must support the ongoing talks between Pakistan and its local Taliban.

Trouble at the Pentagon

Misplaced money, cost overruns, contractors gone wild: the Pentagon is in dire need of austerity and oversight.

Obama’s Right Turn?

In his recent AIPAC speech, Barack Obama veers right.

Free Trade Follies

Although Iraq is the defining foreign policy issue so far in the presidential race, China will no doubt be smuggled into the election through this rather stark contrast between the Republicans and Democrats over trade.

Richard Wright on Black Power

On the 100th anniversary of Richard Wright’s birth, E. Ethelbert Miller interviews three scholars on the writer’s take on Africa and colonialism.

McClellan Right: Press Too Deferential

The former White House press secretary is right: mainstream journalists were “deferential, complicit enablers” in the lead up to the Iraq War. But Congress surrendered its voice and failed to question the intelligence.

Picturing Genocide

Genocide is horrifying, but it’s not always a black-and-white issue.

Estonia’s Singing Revolution

Music can change hearts and minds, and help bring down empires.

The Failed Expectations of U.S Trade Policy

A former U.S. trade negotiator criticizes U.S. trade policy.

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

    Asia/Pacific, Military/Peace, NATO, North Korea, Northeast Asia, South Korea

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