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.


Food Aid or Band-aid?

Food aid is one way of addressing the global problem of hunger. But where should the food come from and how should it be delivered? John Rivera of Catholic Relief Services and FPIF’s Conn Hallinan square off.

Lebanon, Sudan: Who You Gonna Call?

How about kicking UN peacekeeping up a notch? A rapid response unit is needed now more than ever.

Bunch of Losers

All sides have claimed victory in the Lebanon conflict. They’re all wrong.

An Antidote to Info Vertigo

Now everyone can be as time-crunched and info-inundated as the average policymaker.

Lebanon Ceasefire

Talking Points for the Time-Crunched

The United States, the UN, and the Lebanon Ceasefire

A shaky ceasefire is in place in Lebanon. Will ambiguities doom the agreement?

Hubris and Humanitarianism

Nation-building is a bloody affair. Just ask the Angles or the Visigoths.

How Washington Goaded Israel

Crippling Hezbollah was only the first stage in a U.S.-Israeli plan to remake the Middle East.

A Second Rebirth for East Timor?

Prodded in part by the Bush administration, the UN withdrew from East Timor too early. After several months of violence convulsed the island nation, the UN and the United States now have a second chance to get it right.

Islam’s Two Faces?

The United States, when it looks at Islam, suffers from a peculiar disorder of the eyes that perhaps only the great neurologist Oliver Sacks can properly diagnose. Where there is a great multiplicity of sects, beliefs, and approaches in Islam, the U.S. government has a stubborn double vision.

Why the Dems Have Failed Lebanon

The Democrats are missing yet another golden opportunity to distance themselves from the Bush foreign policy.

Nobel Women’s Initiative

The Nobel Women’s Initiative is trying to reduce the risk of war with Iran.

How the Irish Can Save the Middle East

The Irish saved civilization. Now it’s time for them to help out the Middle East.

Reform or Counterrevolution at the UN?

The glass of UN reform is more than half full, despite the best efforts of the United States and John Bolton.

Islamic Blowback Part Two?

The Bush administration is supporting the reform of Islam from within. But this faith-based approach is undemocratic, ignorant of the complexities of Islam, and ultimately doomed to fail.

Jihad Against Hezbollah

The Bush administration wants to punish the Lebanese for supporting Hezbollah. Who’s next, Syria or Iran?

No Standards, No Accountability

In 1996, the United States designed a law to combat war crimes. That same law has now come back to haunt the Bush administration.

Who’s Arming Israel?

Everyone’s talking about the arms suppliers behind Hezbollah. But who’s supplying Israel?

A New Frontier of Jihadi Islam?

Is Somalia rapidly turning into this year’s Afghanistan, with the Islamic Courts in the role of the Taliban and Ethiopia as the unilateral invader?

Congress and the Israeli Attack on Lebanon: A Critical Reading

The U.S. Congress has backed Israel’s military campaigns in Lebanon and Gaza. Here’s a line by line refutation of the congressional logic.