John Feffer

John Feffer

John Feffer is the author of the dystopian novel Splinterlands and the director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. His new novel, Frostlands, a Dispatch Books original and book two of his Splinterlands series, has just been published. His podcast is available here.

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U.S. foreign policy has become concentrated in the hands of the president, with considerably less input from the State Department, the National Security Council, and the intelligence agencies. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Monday, July 08, 2019
Trump’s Bluster Diplomacy
It was not very long ago that Donald Trump was calling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “Little Rocket Man” and threatening to rain “fire and fury” down on North Korea. In response, Kim called Trump a “dotard” and promised an equally fiery attack on the United States. But now, two summits, the...
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Jordan Peele’s deep fake version of Barack Obama, produced by BuzzFeed. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Could 'Deepfakes' Help Swing the 2020 Election?
Imagine, on the day before the 2020 presidential election, that someone posts a video of the Democratic candidate talking before a group of donors. The candidate admits to being ashamed to be an American, confesses that the United States is a malevolent force in the world, and promises to open...
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Monday, May 13, 2019
Steve Bannon's Archipelago and the Rise of the Global Populist Right
In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the “pink tide” of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere. In Europe, with the recent exception of Spain , the left has been banished to the political margins. In Africa and Asia,...
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Arms control has become more important than ever before, given that a new nuclear arms race beckons. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, May 02, 2019
A Farewell to Arms Control?
My first trip to Washington, DC to do something other than protest on the streets was to interview for a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, which brings young people to the nation’s capital to work on arms control and disarmament. It was 1987, around the time that Ronald Reagan and Mikhail...
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Trump, too, has an apocalyptic view of the world: American carnage, international chaos. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, April 04, 2019
Ayatollah Trump: The Global Rise of the Christian Right
If Donald Trump goes to church regularly, he’s kept it a pretty good secret. He and his wife have made sure to alert the press on the few times he does attend services, for instance on Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day . Otherwise, the president seems to worship regularly only at the Church of the...
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Progressives need to join with lots of other political actors in the United States to capitalize on the widespread fear that Donald Trump — or someone very much like him — could win the presidential election in 2020. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
After Trump
Donald Trump has shaken up U.S. foreign policy. Most of what he has done has been disastrous, like pulling America out of the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal. He has been erratic, unprincipled, aggressive, and unilateral. And yet, he has also created some interesting opportunities,...
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Climate change will, for instance, disproportionately affect the poor since the rich can use their money to cushion the effects.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Answering the Attacks on the Green New Deal
It’s become a common trope of the Trump era for columnists and commentators to attack the lunacy of the far right at the same time as castigating the “loony left.” These pundits, who usually place themselves in a comfortable “moderate” position, adopt a tone of consummate reasonableness. The...
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Trump and his supporters want that wall to prevent all these privileges—individual, communal, national —from leaking out. It’s the architectural equivalent of a gun. As with guns, the sense of safety and security is almost entirely illusory. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, February 14, 2019
The Psychology of the Wall
Geopolitics, like thermodynamics, has its laws of conservation. If a wall comes down in one place, you can bet that it will go up somewhere else. It wasn’t long after the Berlin Wall fell that different kinds of walls went up in Eastern Europe. New borders separated the Czech Republic from Slovakia...
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Venezuela’s economic miseries are largely homegrown, and they are particularly painful given the huge oil resources at the country’s command.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Venezuela: No to Intervention, No to Maduro
Thousands of people, mostly women, protested the food shortages in their country by banging on pots and pans as they marched in the streets. They loudly opposed the socialist policies of the government. The police eventually dispersed the protestors, but pressures on the government were mounting...
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Trump is desperate to demonstrate that he can successfully negotiate with someone, anyone.(Photo: Marina Linchevska via Shutterstock) Views
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
The Next US-North Korea Summit
The second meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un is scheduled for next month. The most likely location will be Vietnam. The agenda is much the same as before: how to get North Korea to denuclearize and the United States to dismantle its sanctions regime. The question remains: which side will...
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