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.


Strategic Dialogue on Cuba

In this second part of the exchange, Saul Landau and Samuel Farber debate the future of Cuba.

Life After Fidel

The new Cuban leadership is contemplating neoliberal economic reforms but democracy is still off the table.

Books Not Bombs

The National Library in Sarejevo still stands in ruins, 16 years after Serbian military forces shelled the building and destroyed over 90% of its priceless contents.

Postcard from…Sarajevo

A new monument in Sarajevo playfully bites the hand that fed the city during the Bosnian war.

The Erased

Just recently, the stories of the Erased are starting to appear all over the Slovene capital of Ljubljana, from bus shelters to huge canvasses on the facade of a downtown building under reconstruction.

Postcard from…Ljubljana

After 16 years, Slovenes may finally be coming to terms with the “erased.”

Postcard from…Ljubljana

After 16 years, Slovenes may finally be coming to terms with the “erased.”

Fair Dinkum Leadership

He may not be perfect, but Kevin Rudd is a refreshing change from the last seven years of John Howard the Bush Kangaroo.

Food Safety on the Butcher’s Block

Washington is using new free trade agreements to push U.S. food–and food safety standards–down the throats of other countries.

The National Future of Belarus

Will Belarus buck the recent trend and give up its sovereignty to merge with Russia?

Basra: Echoes of Vietnam

There’s no light at the end of the tunnel, laments columnist Conn Hallinan in a comparison of the battle of Basra to the Tet offensive.

Asia’s New Axis?

New leaders in Australia and South Korea could mean a shift in geopolitical weight in Asia.

What Lee Can Learn From Bush?

The new South Korean President threatens to undo all the hard work of reconciliation with North Korea of the last decade.

Rudd: Up from Down Under

Australia charts a brand new foreign policy.

Trouble in Tibet

From Beijing’s perspective, the debt to Tibet has been paid back. Many Tibetens think differently.

Talking Peace, Preparing for War

Northeast Asia heaved a sigh of relief at the latest news of a breakthrough in the nuclear negotiations with North Korea.

A Sign of the Times

The peace sign turns 50 this year. Barry Miles describes the origins of what has become a nearly universal symbol.

Interview with R. Victoria Arana

E. Ethelbert Miller talks with R. Victoria Arana about new black literature in Britain and its take on empire.

Bush Woos Europe

In his swan song, the U.S. president is trying to twist a few last arms across the Atlantic.

Approaching Tibet

The West is seriously misreading what is going on in Tibet.

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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