John Feffer

 John Feffer is the co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. He is the author of North Korea, South Korea: U.S. Policy at a Time of Crisis (Seven Stories, 2003) among other books.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 9:30am
The Worst of All Possible Worlds: Did Market Leninism Win the Cold War?
Imagine an alternative universe in which the two major Cold War superpowers evolved into the United Soviet Socialist States. The conjoined entity, linked perhaps by a new Bering Straits land bridge, combines the optimal features of capitalism and collectivism. From Siberia to Sioux City, we’d all...
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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 8:30am
Iran: Deal or No Deal?
A full-page ad in this week’s The Washington Post portrayed President Obama as history’s favorite whipping boy, Neville Chamberlain. It was wrong in nearly every one of its many strident particulars. It was wrong in suggesting that a nuclear agreement with Iran is appeasement. It was wrong in...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 3:00pm
Iran, North Korea, and the Congress that Says No
Negotiators are rushing to meet an end-of-March deadline to reach a nuclear framework deal with Iran. The Obama administration and its P5+1 partners (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) are willing to lift economic sanctions as long as Iran agrees to substantially...
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Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 12:30pm
Comparing Atrocities
The description of the death of Robert-Francois Damiens, the man who attempted to kill Louis XV, is not for the faint-hearted. On March 2, 1757, in front of a crowd of spectators, Damiens was drawn and quartered, which means that his limbs were tied to four horses that were then urged to gallop...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:00am
The Collapse of Europe?
Europe won the Cold War. Not long after the Berlin Wall fell a quarter of a century ago, the Soviet Union collapsed, the United States squandered its peace dividend in an attempt to maintain global dominance, and Europe quietly became more prosperous, more integrated, and more of a player in...
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 7:00am
Charlie Hebdo: Middle East Blowback?
The recent attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo , which left a dozen editors and cartoonists dead, has renewed concerns that blowback from the latest round of fighting in Syria and Iraq is finally reaching Europe. In a September 2014 video, the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) called on...
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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 7:30am
The Sum of Our Fears
We who live in the industrialized world have put up a large retaining wall to safeguard us from the horrors that have plagued humanity throughout history. We no longer worry on a daily basis about some Genghis Khan figure sweeping through our towns and leaving great piles of skulls in his wake. We...
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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:45pm
East Asia: A Farewell to Arms
East Asia faces an enormous number of challenges. The countries of the region clash over territory, argue over history, compete for diminishing natural resources, and dispute the balance of power along the Pacific Rim. In response to all these challenges, the United States has offered a one-size-...
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 9:30am
The Plague: ISIS and Ebola Thrive on the Breakdown of the Existing Order
In his novel The Plague , Albert Camus describes how death comes to an ugly French port in Algeria. Thanks to an infestation of rats and the fleas they carry, the bubonic plague descends upon the city in the spring and intensifies during the hot summer. After a short period of denial, the residents...
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Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 7:15am
Bombing the Caliphate
The last Islamic caliphate ended in 1924. Claimed by the Ottoman Empire in the 15 th century, the caliphate saw its fortunes rise and fall with those of its imperial protectors. When the Ottoman Empire expired at the end of World War I, the caliphate’s days were numbered. Never recognized in far-...
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