John Feffer

John Feffer

John Feffer is the author of the dystopian novel "Splinterlands" (2016) and the director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. His new novel, "Frostlands" (2018) is book two of his Splinterlands trilogy. Splinterlands book three "Songlands" will be published in 2021. His podcast is available here.

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Secretary of the Treasury William H Crawford, Attorney General William Wirt, Secretary of War John Caldwell Calhoun (1782 - 1850), Secretary of the Navy Samuel Southard and Postmaster General John McLean discuss the Monroe Doctrine. (Original Artwork: Painted by Clyde Deland (Photo by MPI/Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 23, 2018
The Flight 93 Doctrine
As presidencies approach their midpoints, pundits begin the inevitable search for that elusive creature: the doctrine. It’s often a quixotic quest, since presidents rarely boil down their foreign-policy visions -- if they even have them -- to some pithy essence. Then there’s Donald Trump. Conjuring...
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Anti-Trump protesters float a giant “baby Trump” in London. (Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
What’s Behind Trump’s Assault on Europe
Donald Trump didn’t fly to Europe to meet with NATO, European leaders, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He got there by stepping through the looking glass. Once on the other side, Trump made a series of extraordinary statements that have effectively turned U.S. foreign policy upside down. He...
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"Can these global Bernies turn the Trump tide?" (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, June 29, 2018
Next Stop for the Global ‘Bernie’ Movement: Mexico?
Right-wing populists are all the rage these days. Donald Trump and his spleen control the White House, while his counterparts have taken over in Italy, Hungary, Poland, Colombia, India, and elsewhere. Steve Bannon, Trump’s former Svengali, hopes to inspire a worldwide revolution of nationalism-...
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 "Today, thousands of refugees face grave harm if they return to their countries of origin. And yet the United States, Turkey, Israel, China, and others blithely return these refugees as part of a worldwide crackdown on “illegal” immigration." (Photo: UNHCR Photo Unit / Flickr) Views
Friday, June 22, 2018
World to Refugees: Go to Hell
It’s a famous story, though perhaps not famous enough. The 1939 voyage of the MS St. Louis, a German ocean liner, was recounted in a 1974 book and a 1976 film (both titled Voyage of the Damned) as well as a 1994 opera. This history is not forgotten. Yet so many unfortunate people around the world...
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"Trump treats world affairs like it’s an elementary school club." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Call It ‘Unileaderism’: Trump’s Foreign Policy of One
In the wake of the disastrous G7 meeting in Canada and the successful summit in Singapore, it’s hard to know what to call U.S. foreign policy these days. It’s not just unilateralism, where Washington acts alone and allies be damned. Nor is it merely unipolarism, in which the United States targets...
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"In gaining Trump’s support, the two Koreas have indeed, however paradoxically, neutralized the United States as an actor in the drama of inter-Korean relations."(Photo: Ju Peng/Xinhua via Associated Press) Views
Monday, May 21, 2018
Playing Trump for Peace
When, in early March, Donald Trump agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Washington foreign policy elite nearly suffered a collective heart attack. For one thing, the announcement came as a complete surprise. Trump had telegraphed his other foreign policy bombshells well in advance:...
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The Bolton Administration Has Already Begun
For a man with a reputation for venting spleen and flying off the handle, John Bolton bided his time before finally rising to the position of power he now occupies. The former U.S. ambassador to the UN spent much of the last decade consolidating his political base through stints at right-wing...
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Wednesday, May 09, 2018
The Banality of Haspel
Gina Haspel is a consummate professional who has served the U.S. intelligence community with distinction for more than 30 years. As the Trump administration’s nominee to head up the Central Intelligence Agency, Haspel has received endorsements from six former CIA directors, three former directors...
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"Compared to the prospect of world war, a much better outcome of the collapse of the Iran nuclear deal would be if Iran quickly acquired nuclear weapons. Then it could deter an Israeli and U.S. attack." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, May 03, 2018
Two-Faced Trump: Peace in Korea, World War in the Middle East
The president giveth and he taketh away. Donald Trump is a stern and wrathful leader. He thinks nothing of raining down fire and fury upon the enemies of his “chosen people.” Indeed, he even flirts with ending the world if he doesn’t receive due respect and the requisite number of burnt offerings...
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"Trump doesn’t care about diplomacy or North Korea. He only wants to one-up Obama." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Korea and the Geopolitics of the Impossible
In geopolitics, everything is impossible — until, suddenly, it isn‘t. Wars that no one ever believed could happen flare into existence, and stable societies descend into chaos. On the other side of spectrum, peace agreements that only Pollyannas thought possible are suddenly on the table after...
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