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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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A Credibility Crisis

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow and Dr. Henry A. Fischer, ASCF President & CEO September 16, 2016 @ 9:58am



If the Bush presidency reminded the American people of the costs of engagement, the Obama presidency has reminded them of the costs of disengagement—costs that are just as significant and perhaps …

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An Assault on U.S. Interests and Ideals

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow March 15, 2016 @ 12:00pm

Asked in February why the Obama administration refuses to call the Islamic State’s targeted campaign against Christians “genocide,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest cited “legal ramifications” and blandly ass…

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Turning Point for NATO

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow August 4, 2016 @ 10:49am


During the Cold War, the U.S. accounted for 50 percent of NATO military spending; today, the U.S. accounts for more than 75 percent. If we remove U.S. defense spending from the picture, NATO members spend, on average, just 1.3 percent of GDP on their armed forces. In fact, at last month’s NATO summ…

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Preparing for the End of the Kim Dynasty

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow July 5, 2016 @ 8:20am


“There will be instability in North Korea that, I believe, will lead to the collapse of North Korea much sooner than many of us think,” predicts Gen. Walter Sharp, former commander of U.S. Forces-Korea. Pointing to Kim Jong Un’s tenuous hold on power, Asia expert Minxin Pei adds, “No modern authoritarian dynastic regime has succeeded in passing power to the third generation.”

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The Tide of War Returns

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow June 13, 2016 @ 2:42pm


Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently admitted that ISIS operatives mounting “a raid like they did in Paris or Brussels” here in the U.S. is “something we worry about a lot.”

To some, this seems like an impossibility. They reassure themselves that the oceans and friendly allies buffer us from the sort of influx of ISIS fighters that Europe is weathering. In reality, our enemies are using our frie…

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