Gareth Porter

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 five books, the latest book, “Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare,” was published in February 2014. He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005.

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Friday, September 23, 2016 - 11:15am
How the Pentagon Sank the US-Russia Deal in Syria – and the Ceasefire
Another US-Russian Syria ceasefire deal has been blown up. Whether it could have survived even with a US-Russian accord is open to doubt, given the incentives for al-Qaeda and its allies to destroy it. But the politics of the US-Russian relationship played a central role in the denouement of the...
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 2:45pm
Al Qaeda’s Ties to US-Backed Syrian Rebels
The new ceasefire agreement between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, which went into effect at noon Monday, has a new central compromise absent from the earlier ceasefire agreement that the same two men negotiated last February. But it isn’t clear that it...
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 8:45am
The Real US Syria Scandal: Supporting Sectarian War
The main criticism of US policy in Syria has long been that President Barack Obama should have used US military force or more aggressive arms aid to strengthen the armed opposition to Assad. The easy answer is that the whole idea that there was a viable non-extremist force to be strengthened is a...
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Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 11:00am
How Media Distorted Syrian Ceasefire’s Breakdown
Coverage of the breakdown of the partial ceasefire in Syria illustrated the main way corporate news media distort public understanding of a major foreign policy story. The problem is not that the key events in the story are entirely unreported, but that they were downplayed and quickly forgotten in...
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Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 9:30am
The Sham Rebrand of al-Qaeda's Nusra Front
The Nusra Front’s adoption of the new name Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and claim that it has separated itself from al-Qaeda was designed to influence US policy, not to make the group any more independent of al-Qaeda. The objective of the manoeuvre was to head off US-Russian military cooperation against...
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Friday, July 29, 2016 - 9:15am
Hillary Clinton and Her Hawks
As Hillary Clinton begins her final charge for the White House, her advisers are already recommending air strikes and other new military measures against the Assad regime in Syria. The clear signals of Clinton’s readiness to go to war appears to be aimed at influencing the course of the war in...
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Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 10:30am
A New Fight Over Syria War Strategy
The long internal political struggle within the Obama administration over policy toward Syria has intensified following a proposal by President Barack Obama to cooperate with Russia in an air campaign against Al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise. The proposal, in response to an overture from Russia in May,...
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 11:00am
The Syria 'Dissent' Memo and US Bureaucratic Support for Kerry War Strategy
The memorandum by 51 State Department officials calling for US military intervention in Syria last week has been treated in news media coverage as a case of dissent from existing Syria policy by individual officials involved in Syria policy. But the memo has all the earmarks of an initiative that...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 8:45am
The Classified '28 Pages': A Diversion From Real US-Saudi Issues
The controversy surrounding the infamous “28 pages” on the possible Saudi connection with the terrorists that were excised from the joint Congressional report on the 9/11 attacks is at fever pitch. But that controversy is a distraction from the real problems that Saudi Arabia’s policies pose to the...
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Monday, March 28, 2016 - 1:30pm
How Putin's Leverage Shaped the Syrian Ceasefire
When Russian President Vladimir Putin had a substantive meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry last week, it was an extremely rare departure from normal protocol. There was some political logic to the meeting, however, because Putin and Kerry have clearly been the primary drivers of their...
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