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Stories by Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter is an historian with a PhD in South-east Asian studies from Cornell University in New York state. He was Saigon Bureau Chief for Dispatch News Service in 1970 and 1971. Porter has taught international studies at City College of New York and American University and has written several books on Vietnam, the most recent being "Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War", published by the University of California Press in 2005. He has also written on war and diplomacy in Cambodia, Korea and the Philippines. Porter has been a news analyst for IPS focusing on U.S. policy and developments in Iraq and Iran since September 2005.



U.S. Officials Hint at Reservations on Final Nuclear Deal
by Gareth Porter
The first step agreement between Iran and the United States that was sealed in Geneva over the weekend is supposed to lead to the negotiation of a comprehensive settlement of the nuclear issue over the next six months, though the latter has gotten little attention.


Lavrov Reveals Amended Draft Circulated at Last Moment
by Gareth Porter
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed a crucial detail Thursday about last week's nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva that explains much more clearly than previous reports why the meeting broke up without agreement.


Drone Strike Served CIA Revenge, Blocked Pakistans Strategy
by Gareth Porter
After a drone strike had reportedly killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud Nov. 1, the spokesperson for the U.S. National Security Council declared that, if true, it would be a serious loss for the terrorist organisation.


Pakistan Drone Story Ignored Military Opposition to Strikes
by Gareth Porter
The Washington Post on Thursday reported what it presented as new evidence of a secret agreement under which Pakistani officials have long been privately supporting the U.S. drone war in the country even as they publicly criticised it.


Israeli Claim of Iranian ICBM Exploits Biased U.S. Intel
by Gareth Porter
In an effort to provoke any possible opposition in U.S. political circles to a nuclear deal with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has returned to exploiting an old claim that Iran is building intercontinental ballistic missiles that could hit the United States.


Obama's Case for Syria Didn't Reflect Intel Consensus
by Gareth Porter
Contrary to the general impression in Congress and the news media, the Syria chemical warfare intelligence summary released by the Barack Obama administration Aug. 30 did not represent an intelligence community assessment, an IPS analysis and interviews with former intelligence officials reveals.


In Rush to Strike Syria, U.S. Tried to Derail U.N. Probe
by Gareth Porter
After initially insisting that Syria give United Nations investigators unimpeded access to the site of an alleged nerve gas attack, the administration of President Barack Obama reversed its position on Sunday and tried unsuccessfully to get the U.N. to call off its investigation.


No Evidence for Charge Iran Linked to JFK Terror Plot
by Gareth Porter
Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor who was prevented by Argentine President Cristina Kirchner from testifying before a U.S. House subcommittee investigating alleged Iranian terrorist networks in the Americas here this week, claimed in a recent report that Tehran was involved in a 2007 plot to blow up fuel tanks at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.


SOF Troops Still in Wardak as Joint U.S.-Afghan Probe Continues
by Gareth Porter, Shah Noori
Two weeks after Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded the withdrawal of all U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) from Wardak province by this date, the issue remains suspended in negotiations between U.S. and Afghan governments.


Former Insiders Criticise Iran Policy as U.S. Hegemony
by Gareth Porter
"Going to Tehran" arguably represents the most important work on the subject of U.S.-Iran relations to be published thus far.
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