John Feffer


John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses the China-Phillipines fight over natural resources in the South China Sea; how China weakened its international legal position by signing the UN Law of the Sea treaty, ceding historical territorial claims to a new “exclusive economic zone” standard; US interest in protecting shipping lanes, especially for oil tankers; how collective security agreements seem like a good idea – until a world war breaks out over a minor squabble; and planning Pentagon and defense contractor make-work projects (before big budget cuts come due) in a new “Pacific Pivot” policy.

MP3 here. (18:55)

John Feffer is co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies and author of Crusade 2.0: The West’s Resurgent War on Islam. His webpage is

John 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.

4 thoughts on “John Feffer”

  1. When U$kingz Gamble_loose 90% of WorldBankincc(2/3of oilee dollarz), WE should allow Usama Shariaa to STAND UP=Welcome to Umar Empire NOW

  2. Factual mistakes:
    1. Chinese does not claim all of the South China Sea as its territory. It however, claims the
    islands as its territory.
    2. The Laws of the Sea do not supersede previous territorial claim.
    3. Philippine does not claim the islands based on continental shelf. Philippines consists of a group of islands not connected to the continent.

    1. You are so right, Itlee – thanks.

      We have treaty obligations with all of those countries mentioned in the interview, but none with Israel yet.

  3. The China coverage of is virtuelly indistinguishable from the main stream media. The claim that China claims the entire South China Sea comes from one source and that is the US government. This is the same ruse as claiming that Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map. And is used as a excuse to get involved in the region.

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