Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy who has been independent since a brief period of university teaching in the 1980s. Dr. Porter is the author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam (University of California Press, 2005). He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 1:30pm
'Coercive Diplomacy' and the Failure of the Nuclear Negotiations
After more than a year of negotiations between the United States and Iran, the two sides have failed to reach an agreement by the agreed deadline in July. They have agreed to continue negotiating, but the failure to meet the deadline was clearly not caused by the lack of time. To understand why the...
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 4:15pm
Resolving Key Nuclear Issue Turns on Iran-Russia Deal
U.S. and Iranian negotiators are working on a compromise approach to the issue of Iran’s uranium enrichment capabilities, which the Barack Obama administration has said in the past Iran was refusing to make concessions on. The compromise now being seriously discussed would meet the Obama...
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Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 3:45pm
History of Key Document in IAEA Probe Suggests Israeli Forgery
Western diplomats have reportedly faulted Iran in recent weeks for failing to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency with information on experiments on high explosives intended to produce a nuclear weapon, according to an intelligence document the IAEA is investigating. But the document not...
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Friday, October 17, 2014 - 7:15am
When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes
The nuclear negotiations between six world powers and Iran, which are now nearing their November deadline, remain deadlocked over U.S. demands that Iran dismantle the bulk of its capacity to enrich uranium. The demand is based on the suspicion that Iran has worked secretly to develop nuclear...
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 7:15am
US Kept Mum for Weeks on Israel’s Civilian Targeting in Gaza
The administration’s public stance in daily briefings in the early days of the war suggested little or no concern about Israeli violations of the laws of war.
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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 8:30am
Iran Reveals Proposal for Ensuring Against 'Nuclear Breakout'
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has revealed for the first time that Iran has made a detailed proposal to the P5+1 group of states aimed at ensuring that no stockpile of low-enriched uranium would be available for “breakout” through enrichment to weapons grade levels. In an exclusive interview...
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 7:30am
UN Probe Chief Doubtful on Syria Sarin Exposure Claims
WASHINGTON - The head of the U.N. team that investigated the Aug. 21, 2013 Sarin attack in the Damascus suburbs, Ake Sellstrom, is doubtful about the number of victims of the attack reported immediately after the event. Sellstrom has suggested that many people who claimed to have been seriously...
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Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 7:30am
The Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program That Wasn’t
When U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen M. Ortiz unsealed the indictment of a Chinese citizen in the UK for violating the embargo against Iran, she made what appeared to be a new U.S. accusation of an Iran nuclear weapons programme. The press release on the indictment announced that between in...
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Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 9:40am
Israeli Claim of Iranian ICBM Exploits Biased US Intel
In an effort to provoke any possible opposition in U.S.
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Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 11:09am
A Rush to Judgment in Bulgarian Blast?
Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov’s dramatic announcement last Tuesday on the Bulgarian investigation of the July 2012 terror bombing of an Israeli tourist bus was initially reported by Western news media as suggesting clear evidence of Hezbollah’s responsibility for the killings.
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