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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The Fall of the House of ISIS

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The Dangerous Trend Threatening the Future of the Nation-State

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Trump’s Enablers Should Be Shamed Out of Public Life

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Trump Is Signaling an Unprecedented Right Turn on Foreign Policy

From his feud with Bob Corker to his plans to renege on the Iran deal, Trump’s mood swings mean a dangerous new era of foreign policy.

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Hurricane Donald Hits the Republican Party

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The Racism Heard Round the World

When the neo-fascist National Front is more willing to condemn neo-Nazis than Trump, we have a problem.

If You Think North Korea Is Too Crazy for Negotiations, Think Again

Some in the Trump administration are eyeing regime change in North Korea. They’re missing what’s really going on over there.

Disarmament Shouldn’t be a Precondition for Negotiations with North Korea

It’s going to take a while for this trust-building exercise to have any kind of impact, John Feffer says on Intercepted.

Increasing Isolation Won’t Change North Korea’s Behavior

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