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.


A River Runs Backward

The violence in Afghanistan is on the upsurge, Conn Hallinan reports, and the United States is increasingly isolated in its military approach.

Hooray for Nationalism?

Nationalism is once again getting a makeover.

Hear This Hammer Ring

Poets are coming to Washington to hammer home a message and hammer out a new poetic vision for America in the world.

The Pacific and Not-So-Pacific Oceans

Caught between countering threats and promoting maritime cooperation, Japan and the United States have worked together to build regional approaches to terrorism and piracy.

Kosovo: A New Versailles?

Kosovo’s declaration of independence is a violation of international law and an example of behind-the-scenes U.S. manipulation.

The Candidates and Russia

The presidential candidates have all been tempted to embrace a new cold war with Russia.

The China Syndrome

The bulk of the enormous U.S. military budget is earmarked not for fighting terrorism but for the next cold war.

Adolescent Tantrum

One year ago, our greatest fear was that the president, still unable to master his hormones, would try to go mano a mano with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


Christi Kramer compares the lives of one who leaves and one who stays behind.

Strategic Dialogue: Kosovo

Was the United States too hasty in recognizing the new state of Kosovo? Ian Williams and Stephen Zunes have different takes.

Flogging a Dead Agreement

India is under pressure to complete a nuclear deal with Washington. But don’t hold your breath.

Postcard from…Brussels

The Belgian peace movement resists intervention in Afghanistan.

Indonesia’s Arms Appetite

Jakarta wants weapons. Lots of them. And the United States is happy to oblige.

Foreign Occupation

This week at FPIF, we debut our new strategic focus on the global U.S. military footprint – and how to shrink it.

American Ghazals

Poet Susan Tichy reflects on what we think about when we think about war.

Job Opening (Cuba)

Tired of your current job? Want more executive responsibility, good health care benefits, warmer weather? Cuba may want you.

Hardliners Target Detente with North Korea

The opponents of engagement with North Korea are sharpening their knives.

Pushing Missile Defense in Europe

The United States wants to establish bases in Poland and the Czech Republic — over the objections of the citizens of those countries.

Letting Go of Musharraf

It’s time for Washington to wake up and smell the elections.

Welcome President Bush!

Tajudeen Abdulraheem explains President Bush’s Africa trip itinerary.