Scott Horton Interviews John Feffer

Scott Horton, November 07, 2011

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John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses his article “Closing Overseas Bases Is Good Policy and Good Politics;” why chances for peace on the Korean peninsula should improve after the next (Korean) election; the known unknowns on North Korea’s nuclear arsenal; why a mass closure of foreign US military bases would almost certainly result in Japan’s militarization; and the bipartisan Congressional proposals to close bases and cut military spending.

MP3 here. (20:18)

John Feffer is co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. His webpage is JohnFeffer.com.

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. He currently lives with his partner Karin Lee in Hyattsville, Maryland.

9 Responses to “John Feffer”

  1. RISE AND FALL OF EMPIRE USA

    Two key elements completely left out of this discussion on war bases, the long term investments and criminal intent of our corporate rich, and the military might needed for Empire USA to plunder by brutal imperialism.

    For “there is security only in expansion,” for the essence of wisdom is to judge the rise and fall of an Empire by its ability to sustain expansion.

  2. Ooops. There you go on Ron Paul again.

    Buh bye.

  3. RISE AND FALL OF EMPIRE USA

    Two key elements completely left out of this discussion on war bases: The long term investments and criminal intent of our corporate rich, and the military might needed for Empire USA to plunder by brutal imperialism.

    For “there is security only in expansion,” for the essence of wisdom is to judge the rise and fall of an Empire by its ability to sustain expansion.

  4. eCAHNomics, says,
    "Ooops. There you go on Ron Paul again. Bye, bye."

    Whatever you may think about Ron Paul’s domestic policy, he would get us out of wars and empire building, which would give us the stability and vision needed to achieve some real democracy.

  5. I wish we could convince everyone to bring all our troops home. I doubt we can convince the American people to forcefully advocate that. However, what if we could convince people that troops could be withdrawn from countries that can obviously defend themselves, such as Germany, Japan,Korea and for that matter, Italy,Spain,Turkey and England? If that is perceived well then maybe the course is set.

  6. OMG Scott, we are here for you brother. I know you will be drowning in worry over e not listening to your show any more today. If you cant sleep or eat, or maybe you just need someone to talk to, we will be your shoulder to cry on Scott. You're not alone buddy, keep that chin up!

  7. EMPIRE MOST KNOWING

    tolemo, asks,
    "what if we could convince people that troops should be withdrawn from countries that can obviously defend themselves…"

    The lower half of our Empire, the uneducated 49% who earn minimum wage, they know full well that our thousand war bases mean economical slavery for the laboring class, both at home and abroad.

    And the upper half of our war-hawk loving society, the half most aggressive and wealthy, our darling voting majority with all the great jobs and terrific homes, surely love they do those war bases knowing why it is such brutal imperialism has made them into the most wealthy educated middle-class any Empire has ever known.

  8. That's called a nation of sheep.

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