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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 ā€˜Dā€™ for Democracy

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow May 31, 2016 @ 8:04am


Freedom House monitors the state of political freedom around the world. Its two most recent reports reveal “a growing disdain for democratic standards,” “a disturbing decline in global…

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The Narrowing Technology Gap

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow April 13, 2016 @ 10:23am


The signs and the warnings are everywhere.


From policymakers: “Our technological superiority is slipping,” w…

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Reagan on Rushmore?

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow February 5, 2016 @ 8:39am

It has been 105 years since Ronald Reagan was born, 36 years since he was elected president, 27 years since he left office and nearly 12 years since he passed away. Yet his political impact is so deep that Republicans still use him as the measuring rod for every person who seeks their party’s nomination—and still wait, in vain, for the next Reagan. His national…

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Testing Times in Taiwan

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow January 11, 2016 @ 7:28am

Taiwan’s presidential elections, which are just days away, could thrust the long-dormant question of Taiwan’s independence back to the very top of Washington’s growing stack of national-security worries. At issue is whether the candidate representing the independence-minded Democratic People’s Party (DPP) would, if elected, continue the so-…

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Unraveling Iraq and Syria

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow December 7, 2015 @ 1:20pm

“Syria,” Gen. David Petraeus recently concluded, “may be a Humpty Dumpty that can't be put back together again.” Likewise, Iraq as we know it appears to be disintegrating along ethno-sectarian lines. A host of factors—the Arab Spring, the brutality of ISIS and Assad, the ineptitude of the Iraqi government and weakness of the Iraqi state, Iran’s intervention in Syria, Ame…

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