Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist and historian who specializes in U.S. national security policy. [United States]

Behind the Real U.S. Strategic Blunder in Syria

Obama’s Syria policy failed because it did not anticipate provoking Iranian and Russian interventions.

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Aleppo-Gaza-Baghdad: Inconvenient Truth, Inconvenient Parallels

Present violations of the laws of war are hardly unique to Aleppo.

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Obama’s Syria Policy: The Illusion of US Power in the Middle East

The cost of letting US policy be determined primarily by the ambitions of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

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The U.S.-Syria Scandal: Supporting Sectarian War

Senior Obama administration officials were aware from 2012 that a war to overthrow Assad would inevitably become a sectarian bloodbath.

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A New Fight Over Syria War Strategy

President Obama has signaled a willingness to cooperate with Russia on Syria, but hawks are fighting the shift.

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U.S.-Iran: “Breakthrough” or Waning U.S. Power?

Obama opened lines of communications to Iran, but political pressures in Washington prevent a more substantive shift in relations.

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The “28 pages”: A Diversion From Real US-Saudi Issues

When will the real contradictions between U.S. and Saudi interests finally be openly acknowledged?

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How Putin’s Leverage Shaped the Syrian Ceasefire

On Syria, Russia’s President Putin is having his way not just vis-à-vis Turkey and Saudi Arabia, but also the United States.

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Obama’s “Moderate” Syrian Deception

Russia is targeting hardline groups the United States has tacitly aided for more than a year.

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Real Reason Behind Turkey’s Shoot-down of the Russian Jet

The data support Putin’s assertion that the shoot-down was prepared in advance.

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