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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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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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 9:30am
Reporting (or Not) the Ties Between US-Armed Syrian Rebels and Al Qaeda’s Affiliate
A crucial problem in news media coverage of the Syrian civil war has been how to characterize the relationship between the so-called “moderate” opposition forces armed by the CIA, on one hand, and the Al Qaeda franchise Al Nusra Front (and its close ally Ahrar al Sham), on the other. But it is a...
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Monday, March 14, 2016 - 12:00pm
Kerry Sought Missile Strikes to Force Syria's Assad to Step Down
Jeffrey Goldberg’s newly published book-length article on Barack Obama and the Middle East includes a major revelation that brings US Secretary of State John Kerry’s Syrian diplomacy into sharper focus: it reports that Kerry has sought on several occasions without success over the past several...
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 8:45am
'Plan B' and the Bankruptcy of US Syria Policy
US Secretary of State John Kerry provoked widespread speculation when he referred in testimony before the Senate foreign relations committee last week to “significant discussions” within US President Barack Obama's administration about a “Plan B” in Syria. The speculation was further stoked by a “...
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 8:45am
Obama’s ‘Moderate’ Syrian Deception
Secretary of State John Kerry insisted at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday that the agreement with Russia on a temporary halt in the war in Syria can only be carried out if Russia stops its airstrikes against what Kerry is now calling “legitimate opposition groups.” But what Kerry did not...
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Monday, February 8, 2016 - 7:15am
US Position on Syria Tilts in Favour of Russian Intervention
The major developments on the Syrian battlefield in recent months have brought a corresponding shift in the Obama administration's Syrian policy. Since the Russian military intervention in Syria upended the military balance created by the victories of the al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front and its...
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 8:30am
Will Iran Nuclear Deal Change US's Middle East Politics?
The achievement of “implementation day” of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), when for both sides the central elements of the nuclear bargain went into operation on Saturday, means that it is going to be a fact of life in global and regional politics for many years. But will it have a...
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Monday, January 4, 2016 - 10:30am
US ‘Regime Change’ Madness in the Middle East
Seymour Hersh’s recent revelations about an effort by the US military leadership in 2013 to bolster the Syrian army against jihadist forces in Syria shed important new light on the internal bureaucratic politics surrounding regime change in US Middle East policy. Hersh’s account makes it clear that...
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Friday, December 18, 2015 - 11:15am
Why the US Pushes an Illlusory Syrian Peace Process
The anti-Assad coalition led by the United States continues to stagger toward the supposed objective of beginning peace negotiations between the Syrian government and what has now been blessed as the politically acceptable “opposition”. The first such meeting was scheduled for 1 January, but no one...
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