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The Dowd Report

Alan W. Dowd is a Senior Fellow with the American Security Council Foundation, where he writes on the full range of topics relating to national defense, foreign policy and international security. Dowd’s commentaries and essays have appeared in Policy Review, Parameters, Military Officer, The American Legion Magazine, The Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, The Claremont Review of Books, World Politics Review, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Jerusalem Post, The Financial Times Deutschland, The Washington Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Examiner, The Detroit News, The Sacramento Bee, The Vancouver Sun, The National Post, The Landing Zone, Current, The World & I, The American Enterprise, Fraser Forum, American Outlook, The American and the online editions of Weekly Standard, National Review and American Interest. Beyond his work in opinion journalism, Dowd has served as an adjunct professor and university lecturer; congressional aide; and administrator, researcher and writer at leading think tanks, including the Hudson Institute, Sagamore Institute and Fraser Institute. An award-winning writer, Dowd has been interviewed by Fox News Channel, Cox News Service, The Washington Times, The National Post, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and numerous radio programs across North America. In addition, his work has been quoted by and/or reprinted in The GuardianCBS NewsBBC News and the Council on Foreign Relations. Dowd holds degrees from Butler University and Indiana University. Follow him at

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Contemplating the Unthinkable

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow February 2, 2017 @ 9:07am



In decades past, Americans looked across the oceans and worried about the threats posed by powerful states and empires: the British Empire, the Kaiser’s Germany, Imperial Japan, Hitler’s Reich, the Soviet Union. In an ironic twist of history, it’s not powerful nations that occupy most of o…

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The General Welfare

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow January 3, 2017 @ 9:13am



As of this writing, President-elect Donald Trump has appointed four former general officers to key national-security posts: James Mattis to lead the Pentagon, John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security, Michael Flynn to serve as national security advisor and Keith Kellogg as chief of staff for the N…

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Meet the World’s Next Energy Superpower

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow December 2, 2016 @ 12:55pm




For the first time since the beginning of the global financial crisis in 2008, OPEC’s members have agreed to cut supplies. The cartel of oil-exporting nations will cut 1.2 million barrels…

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Rebuilding Missile Defense

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow November 1, 2016 @ 4:04pm


North Korea has detonated two nuclear devices and conducted at least 22 missile tests this year.  

In 2015 and again this year, Iran tested missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons—in clear …

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A Nation at War

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow October 17, 2016 @ 11:47am


President Barack Obama often emphasized that he “was elected to end wars, not start them.” Yet with U.S. forces now hitting ISIS positions in Libya, Obama has opened a new front in the widening war against ISIS and other jihadist groups.


The a…

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