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.

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Operation Enduring Freedom: A Retrospective

The war against the Taliban in Afghanistan was more popular than the war against Saddam Hussein. Should it have been?

Clueless Empires

Wisdom can be very powerful, but the powerful are rarely very wise.

The Taliban is Back

Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bush administration, Iraq, Taliban, warlords, drug lords, opium, women’s issues, civilian casualties, corruption

Afghanistan: Five Years Later

The Taliban is back. And the United States is largely to blame.

Beware Empires in Decline

Common sense says that Washington won’t attack Tehran. But columnist Michael Klare questions whether common sense is guiding Bush administration policy.

Oil or Atoms?

In the upcoming U.S. elections, will voters be eyeing the price of gas or the gathering storm over Iran?

Beyond Kyoto

In her comment Beyond Kyoto, Ruth Greenspan Bell seconds the importance of performance standards and discusses the challenges of implementation.

Tehran or Pyongyang?

Washington’s uncompromising tactics with both Tehran and Pyongyang have failed to achieve anything but the most radioactive results.

Global Warming: A Viable Strategy

global warming, climate change, performance standards, emissions, fuel efficiency, China, India, environment, cap and trade, carbon dioxide, 60-Second Expert

War or Rumors of War?

Is Washington planning to attack Iran or just bluffing? Columnist Frida Berrigan reads between the lines of the latest U.S. preparations.

African Fantasies

There is so little room in the American consciousness for Africa.

A New Standard for Preventing Global Warming

In this continuation of an FPIF debate on climate change, Hoff Stauffer argues that the Kyoto model is not going to make a dent in global warming. Stricter standards on factories, autos, and appliances is the better way to go.

The Thai Coup

What’s going on in Thailand, briefly.

A Siamese Tragedy

The recent coup in Thailand marks the downfall of democracy in Thailand. Will it also signal a retreat from democracy worldwide?

South Africa’s Political Turmoil

The race for South Africa’s new leader has already begun. The choice will have significant international implications.

The Collapse of the Second Front

The Bush administration created an imaginary front against terrorism in North Africa. This fiction has had some terrifying results.

Fiesta!

The Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano writes about foreign policy with the flair of a poet.

Postcard from Jenin

Postcard from Jenin Palestine Israel IDF

Why Do They Hate US?

Commenting on an exhibition of political cartoons from around the world, international pollster Clay Ramsay provides some insights into Why They Hate Us.

Pens Not Swords

Sarah Browning writes about how poets have used their distinctive voices to protest war, from the 5th century BC to the ongoing conflict in Iraq.

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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