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.


America the Exceptional

Vol. 2, No. 18

Raw Deal Between Washington and Seoul

The recently signed free trade agreement marks the fourth time the United States has tried to remake the Korean economy. This time, the attempt may fail.

How the Peace Movement Can Win

Peace activists helped swing the elections in November. Most Americans want out of Iraq. So why hasn’t the peace movement won already?

60-Second Expert: Western Sahara

Autonomy for this former colony looks good on paper. But true self-determination works better in both principle and reality for the people of Western Sahara.

The Yes Man

Vol. 2, No. 17

Shiite vs. Sunni?

U.S. policies of divide and rule in the Middle East, explains FPIF columnist Conn Hallinan, are now exploding in our faces.

Annotate This: John McCain at VMI

The presidential contender defends the surge with a speech that FPIF’s military analyst Dan Smith puts under the magnifying glass.

Memo to the Somali Government

Violence continues to engulf Somalia. Here’s what can be done to promote reconciliation.

Target Global Warming, Target Exxon

Global warming skeptics are still out there. And behind them stands ExxonMobil.

The Self-Hating State

Vol. 2, No. 16

Postcard from Bishkek

The government and opposition are squaring off in Kyrgyzstan.

Gangs, Terrorists, and Trade

The Latin American state has lost its monopoly on violence. U.S. economic and political policies have only made matters worse.

Rep. Gilchrest: Stop Climate Change Now

Republican Congressman Wayne Gilchrest sees a hard slog ahead to get climate change legislation passed in Congress. But he sees no other choice.

Trading with Vegas

Vol. 2, No. 15

Suffocating Consensus

Vol. 2, No. 14

The Art of Deconstructing War

Aaron Hughes talks about how he has transformed his experience as a soldier in the Iraq War into art.

Tourist Photograph from Iraq

Here is an example of his artwork, a “tourist photograph from Iraq.”

Interview with Martin Espada

E. Ethelbert Miller talks with poet Martin Espada about the rainforest of Puerto Rico, the shantytowns of Nicaragua, and the poetry of Pablo Neruda.

Rep. DeFazio: Don’t Attack Iran

President Bush believes in preventive war. On Iran, in particular, Rep. Peter DeFazio believes in preventing war.

Rep. Kucinich: Stop Funding the War

Rep. Dennis Kucinich believes that the American public spoke clearly in the last election but Congress is still not listening.