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.


The Story of Religion

Joe Volks asks whether religion can help us replace the narrative of “us versus” them with a more compelling story of peace.

Greening the Pews

Religious communities are beginning to address the connections between climate change and global justice.

Visiting Hani’s House

With words and pictures, artist Ellen O’Grady tells a story from the Occupied Territories.

Making Democracy Safe for the World

Yu Bin responds to Ian Williams.

Dancing in the Earthquake

Rabbi Arthur Waskow looks at the ferment within the major U.S. religious communities as they struggle over Middle East policy.

Siachen: A Ridge Too Far

Can India and Pakistan bury the hatchet in a territorial dispute over the world’s highest battle zone?

The Taiwan that Roared

For all the vibrancy of Taiwanese politics and the high performance of Taiwan’s economy, the island is something of an embarrassment to the international community. Taiwan looks like a state. It acts like a state. But only two dozen other countries recognize Taiwan as a state.

How Much is Enough?

Columnist Frida Berrigan wonders, what ever happened to peace, love, and cutting the U.S. military budget?

Big Red Checkbook

China is simply doing what the United States did during the cold war: cozying up to the powerful, extracting resources, and buying influence

Running Against the West

In the upcoming Russian elections, the only real opponent that Putin’s party is facing has no face, no name, and no spot on the ballot.

Support Taiwan’s Democracy

The United States should not abandon Taiwan at its time of need, argues Ian William.

America’s Rogue Ally

Taiwan’s uncompromising push for independence is destabilizing the region, argues Yu Bin.

Plan Mexico

Two men, a plan, an alliance: disaster. Columnist Laura Carlsen reports on the next phase of U.S.-Mexican relations.

A Modest Proposal

When the Bush administration tried earlier to push through a comprehensive immigration reform bill, anti-immigrant groups unleashed a grassroots protest over the proposed amnesty measures and helped to defeat the bill.

How and Why to Support Religion Overseas

It’s a mistake for the U.S. government to ignore religion or promote it zealously. Scott Thomas offers an alternative.

Postcard from…Mexico

A march to commemmorate a 1968 massacre looks to the future of Mexico.

The Grim Numbers

For many Americans, — 3,834 U.S. soldiers dead, 27,753 wounded — quantify the tragedy of Iraq. It’s all about us: our invasion, our occupation, our losses.

Plausible Dialogue in Burma

There are two sides to every issue. In Burma, however, negotiations have to go beyond just two sides.

Interview with Edwidge Danticat

E. Ethelbert Miller talks with Edwidge Danticat about her new memoir, U.S. immigration law, and U.S.-Haitian relations.

A Foreign Policy for Foreign Religions

The Commission on International Religious Freedom has provided tacit support for a dangerous turn in American foreign policy.

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

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

    America First

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