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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 Great and Good Nation

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow January 5, 2015 @ 8:52am



Who’s a bigger threat to world peace: ISIS or the United States? Everyone from EU bureaucrats to Iraqi shopkeepers to Hong Kong democracy activists to Canadian grade-schoolers knows the answer—everyone, that is, except America’s best and brightest college studen…

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Still Serving

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow December 10, 2014 @ 9:56am



“The nation today needs men who think in terms of service to their country and not in terms of their country’s debt to them,” Gen. Omar Bradley observed in 1948. The good news is that some of those who have served our country in uniform are answering our country’s call to serve yet again&md…

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Waiting for Winston

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow November 3, 2014 @ 12:28pm


In 1934, when his government and nation—and indeed much of the world—were oblivious to the looming threat in Europe, he warned of the unchecked rise of Hitler and called on the West to act.

By 1940, the Nazi army had taken France and was perched at the English Channel.

In 1940, as his country stood alone aga…

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Alone at the Front

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow September 26, 2014 @ 12:27pm



Much has been made the past few weeks about the number of allies that have rallied to President Barack Obama’s side in his slow-motion counter-attack against ISIS. “Obama Enlists Nine Allies to Help in the Battle against ISIS,” a New York Times headline blandly declares. The mention of s…

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Today's Axis of Evil

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow September 2, 2014 @ 3:23pm




The ISIS rampage through Iraq highlights something too often overlooked by U.S. policymakers: the strong likelihood that regimes, groups and systems that trample religious liberty will ultimately threaten U.S. interests.


Let’s start not with today’s headline-grabbing jihadists…

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