2000 Archives


  1. “Progress on the Korean Peninsula?”¬†Foreign Policy in Focus, December 2000
  2. “Gunboat Globalization: The Intersection of Economics and Security in East Asia,”¬†Social Justice, vol. 27, no. 4 (2000)
  3. “After 50 Years, It’s Time to End the War,”¬†Birmingham News, June 25, 2000
  4. “A New Era for the Korean Peninsula,”¬†Foreign Policy in Focus, June 2000
  5. “Building Peace in Korea: The Trickle-Up Approach,”¬†Peace Magazine, Summer 2000 (with Karin Lee)

1988-1999 Archives


  1. “The Northeastern Asian Arc of Crisis,”¬†Peacework, October 1999 (with Karin Lee)
  2. “Containment Lite: U.S. Policy Toward Russia and Its Neighbors,”¬†Foreign Policy in Focus, August 1999
  3. “Fist in a Velvet Glove,”¬†Asiaweek, July 2, 1999
  4. “U.S.-North Korea Relations,”¬†Foreign Policy in Focus, May 1999
  5. “North Korea and the Politics of Engagement,”¬†Peace Review¬†11:3 (1999)


  1. “Restructuring East-Central European Economies,”¬†Foreign Policy in Focus, December 1996
  2. “U.S.-Russian Relations: Avoiding a Cold Peace,”¬†Foreign Policy in Focus, November 1996
  3. “The Browning of Russia,”¬†Covert Action Quarterly, Spring 1996


  1. Review of Sheldon Danziger, ed. et al., Confronting Poverty, Commonweal, June 16, 1995


  1. Review of Paul Hockenos, Free to Hate: The Rise of the Right in Post-Communist Eastern Europeand
    Peter H. Merkl and Leonard Weinberg, eds., Encounters with the Contemporary Radical Right
    , Z Magazine, June 1994
  2. “Unclenching the Iron Fist,”¬†Peace & Democracy, Summer 1994
  3. Review of Walker Connor, Ethnonationalism, Commonweal, April 8, 1994


  1. “The Selling of the Russian President, 1993,”¬†Z Magazine, June 1993


  1. Review of Michael Burawoy and Janos Lukacs, The Radiant Past, Christianity and Crisis, December 14, 1992
  2. “Poland After Solidarity,”¬†Peace & Democracy News, Winter 1992
  3. Review of Merton Peck and Thomas Richardson, eds., What Is to Be Done? Commonweal, March 27, 1992
  4. “Yugoslavia and the Balkans,”¬†Z Magazine, January 1992


  1. “A Market: But What Kind?”¬†Dollars and Sense, December 1991
  2. “The New Eurocentrism,”¬†New Politics, Winter 1991
  3. Review of Robert Schaeffer, Warpaths, Peace Magazine, September/October 1991
  4. “Polish Aftershocks,”¬†Z Magazine, September 1991
  5. “Update on Eastern Europe,”¬†Peace and Democracy, Summer 1991
  6. Review of Martin Mayer’s¬†The Greatest-Ever Bank Robbery,¬†Commonweal, June 1, 1991
  7. Review of Paul Krugman’s¬†The Age of Diminished Expectations,¬†Commonweal, May 3, 1991
  8. “Eastern Europe’s Troubled Transition,”¬†Commonweal, February 8, 1991
  9. “Interview with Boris Kagarlitsky,”¬†Z Magazine, February 1991
  10. “European Left Dilemmas,”¬†Z Magazine, January 1991


  1. “Eastern Economic Outlook,”¬†Z Magazine, July/August 1990
  2. Review of Fred Halliday, From Kabul to Managua, Z Magazine, May 1990
  3. Review of Stephen F. Cohen and Katrina vanden Heuvel, Voices of Glasnost, Z Magazine, April 1990
  4. “Poland’s Morbid Symptoms,”¬†Z Magazine, March 1990
  5. “Poland’s Solidarity: Who Is in Charge?”¬†Z Magazine, January 1990


  1. Review of Zerograd, In These Times, December 1989
  2. “The Market for Socialism Stays Strong in the New Poland,”¬†In These Times, September 27, 1989


  1. “Peace Studies Comes of Age,”¬†Nuclear Times, September/October 1988
  2. “Passing Up Jesse,”¬†Nuclear Times, July/August 1988
  3. “Policy for People,”¬†Nuclear Times, May/June 1988
Books Fiction


I wrote Foamers under the pseudonym Jon Berson. It’s a thriller about trains and train fans¬†published by Scribners in 1997.

“Both mystery and rail fans will enjoy the tale; the novel succeeds admirably at combining a crime story with a captivating look at the romance of the rails” Booklist

“Berson does a solid job of capturing the obsessive love of trains of his characters; there is plenty that is promising here: brisk pacing and an original story.” Chicago Tribune

“A fast-paced, easy-reading mystery.” Philadelphia City Paper

“Newcomer Jon Berson’s inventive first novel Foamers is the gripping story of a train buff and an FBI agent who warily join forces to catch a serial train-wrecker. This is “Speed” meets “Trainspotting” and if it’s not on screen by this time next year, I’ll be rail surprised.” Raleigh News and Observer

“Berson knows his trains. Without once resorting to trivializing the rich lore that belongs to the history of train travel he evokes a romantic response. His passion for the preservation of the railroad is heartfelt.” Mostly Murder

“Jon Berson has woven a unique and compelling story out of just the right threads – the romance of the railroads, the fanaticism of terrorists versus the obsessions of foamers, high-tech train wrecks versus low-tech gunfights, and a love story that thrives despite the feuds and frustrations of law enforcement. Best of all, Berson writes it so we feel it – you’re going to like this one a lot.” Stephen Greenleaf, award-winning mystery author.

“Jon Berson has engineered a thriller from the uniquely original vantage point of our great railroad heritage. If you want lively adventure filled with deadly danger while crossing America at full throttle: ‘All Aboard!'” Governor James G. Martin, former governor of North Carolina and renowned train enthusiast

If you are interested in purchasing an autographed copy of Foamers, please e-mail me at

Books Non-Fiction

Europe’s New Nationalism: States and Minorities in Conflict

Co-editor, with Richard Caplan

In the short period since the end of the Cold War, Europeans have witnessed the rebirth of nationalism as a harrowing threat to stability on the continent. The collapse of Yugoslavia, the newly-won independence of the Baltic states, the unification of Germany, the bloody civil wars in Bosnia, and Georgia, Chechnia’s abortive attempt at independence, and state-sanctioned xenophobia in France all attest to the rapid expansion of nationalist fervor in Europe.

Books Non-Fiction

State of the Union 1994: The Clinton Administration and the Nation in Profile

Co-editor with Richard Caplan

This look at the first months of the Clinton administration, published in cooperation with the Institute for Policy Studies, is the first of an annual series. The collection of 14 essays written by such authorities as Barry Commoner and Ralph Nader evaluates the administration’s record in key policy areas as it relates to the institute’s progressive philosophy. The report card they present is strongly critical of the administration’s inability to follow through on the promise of change offered throughout the 1992 campaign, with little allowance for the uncooperative Congress Clinton has thus far had to confront. Perhaps future editions will offer more balance. Excellent graphs and charts clarify spending and demographic points. Recommended for strong political science collections.

Jill Ortner, SILS, Univ. at Buffalo, NY

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Books Non-Fiction

Shock Waves: Eastern Europe After the Revolutions

“Feffer examines each country’s unique conditions and dissident movements, yet shows how all the dissidents are linked.”

Utne Reader

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Books Non-Fiction

Beyond Detente: Soviet Foreign Policy and U.S. Options

“This is a report prepared for the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization. Aimed at the informed general reader, the book argues that the recent shifts in Soviet foreign policy under Gorbachev result from domestic imperatives. Whether or not this positive trend in the cycle of detente is sustained depends on timely American responses to Soviet overtures. A generally balanced treatment; readers will especially benefit from Feffer’s concise and informative discussion of domestic sources of Soviet external relations. Rapidly transpiring events in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe have dated portions of the book–an occupational hazard for works of this type. Still, a useful addition for larger international affairs collections.”

Cleveland R. Fraser, Furman Univ., Greenville, S.C.

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Events Featured

The Bird

I’ll be bringing my performance piece The Bird to West Virginia University on February 1 and to New York City on March 2. For more information, contact me at