John Feffer is director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies.

He is the author of several books and numerous articles. He has been a Writing Fellow at Provisions Library in Washington, DC and a PanTech fellow in Korean Studies at Stanford University. 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. He has taught a graduate level course on international conflict at Sungkonghoe University in Seoul in July 2001 and delivered lectures at a variety of academic institutions including New York University, Hofstra, Union College, Cornell University, and Sofia University (Tokyo).

John has been widely interviewed in print and on radio. He serves on the advisory committees of the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea. He is a recipient of the Herbert W. Scoville fellowship and has been a writer in residence at Blue Mountain Center and the Wurlitzer Foundation.

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Trump, Terrorism, and the Politics of Witch Hunts

It's ironic that the most powerful man on earth would protest that he's the subject of a "witch hunt," especially given his enthusiasm for bombing and torturing people.

With Tillerson Out, Trump’s Bringing Foreign Policy Deeper Into the Dark Side

Trump, who started out his administration with radical outsiders, is now bringing in a new wave of competent extremists.

How Those Trump-Kim Talks Might Go: A Transcript

Trump's "art of the deal" is about to get its most high-profile test yet. The early prognosis is not good.

The New, New Cold War

The Cold War has been around, in various permutations, for a long time. It will take patience, organizing, compromises, and some luck to bury it once and for all.

Apocalyptic Christianity Returns to U.S. Foreign Policy

For evangelicals, Trump's hard right line on Israel and machinations against Iran make him an instrument of the endtimes.

Do Russiagate Skeptics Go Too Far?

As top intelligence officials warn of Russian meddling in the upcoming mid-terms, John Feffer of Lobelog and Foreign Policy in Focus joins TRNN's Aaron Mate to discuss Feffer's new article arguing that some progressive critics are going too far in dismissing the Russiagate narrative

The Ideology That Unites Trump and the Authoritarians He Admires

It's about propping up "besieged majorities" in multiethnic countries.

Russiagate or Deep State? What Some Progressives Get Wrong on Russia

Why the current Russia situation is bigger than warmongering and the current presidential administration.

Russiaburger: The Trump-Russia Scandal Explained

It's now clear that the Russians offered help and members of the Trump campaign accepted. But the real scandal may be money laundering.

Big Surprise: Rich Globalists Love Trump

Trump the calm globalist is just as dangerous, if not more so, than Trump the raging populist.

Trump Isn’t Just Incompetent and His Agenda Isn’t Just Bad. It’s Evil.

After a year that's brought us closer to nuclear war, ethnic cleansing, and climate catastrophe, it's time to consider that the Trump-GOP agenda may be genuinely evil.

The U.S. Has Treated Poor Countries Like Shitholes for Decades

Trump's racist remarks are offensive. The brutal excesses of U.S. foreign policy are worse.

North Korea Is Walking Back War — And Pundits Are Strangely Disappointed

Pundits seem more concerned about the North driving a "wedge" between the U.S. and the South than about preventing nuclear war.

Trump and the Neocons Are Exploiting an Iran Protest Movement They Know Nothing About

Iranians are protesting conditions worsened by U.S. policies, but Washington’s hawks see only an opportunity for regime change.

North Korea: The Costs of War, Calculated

Even a limited war with North Korea would kill millions, devastate the environment, and bankrupt the U.S.

If the Trump Revolution Is Possible, So Is a Progressive One

The increased tempo of the GOP's snatch and grab in recent days suggests that they're feeling a certain desperation.
Six of the Top Ten U.S. Billionaires Are Kochs and Waltons

What Happens When Bad Money Supports Good Foreign Policy?

The anti-war movement needs money, and the Koch brothers have it. But it comes with strings attached.

If Asia Leads on Climate, the World Will Follow

China and South Korea could be game changers on climate — and create a more peaceful region in the process.

VIDEO: The Greatest Threat to Both Koreas? Donald Trump’s Mouth.

The president's over-the-top threats have made war seem like a real possibility. And war would be catastrophic.

The Fall of the House of ISIS

ISIS is on the decline, but the catastrophic political divisions in Iraq and Syria that gave rise to it are no closer to being mended.

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

Topics of Interest

Asia/Pacific, Military/Peace, NATO, North Korea, Northeast Asia, South Korea