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Gareth Porter

Investigative Journalist

Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist and historian who specializes in U.S. national security policy. He is the author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, published by Just World Books in February 2014.

Mr. Porter was Saigon bureau chief of Dispatch News Service International in 1971 and later reported on trips to Southeast Asia for The Guardian, Asian Wall Street Journal and Pacific News Service. He is also the author of four books on the Vietnam War and the political system of Vietnam.

He has taught Southeast Asian politics and international studies at American University, City College of New York and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

He tweets at @GarethPorter.

Articles by Gareth Porter

Behind the Real U.S. Strategic Blunder in Syria

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

January 1, 2017

Aleppo-Gaza-Baghdad: Inconvenient Truth, Inconvenient Parallels

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

November 13, 2016

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.

October 10, 2016

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.

September 2, 2016

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.

July 11, 2016

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.

May 17, 2016

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?

April 29, 2016

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.

March 29, 2016

Obama’s “Moderate” Syrian Deception

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

February 17, 2016

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.

December 1, 2015

U.S. and Syria: Focus on the Saudi Factor

How terror attacks in Paris calls for revising U.S. policy in Syria.

November 24, 2015

Syria: Any Honest Broker?

A look at who is (or is not) invited forecasts how little it can do to end the war.

November 9, 2015

The “Blame Russia” Line Deflects From U.S. Blunder

Why the Obama administration won’t admit the real targets of Russian airstrikes.

October 19, 2015

Is Yemen a Proxy War?

The misinformed media incorrectly place the blame on Iran for Yemeni uprising.

May 8, 2015

Is the U.S. – Not Iran – to Blame in Houthi Uprising?

The recent Houthi arms bonanza came from Saleh, not Iran.

April 24, 2015