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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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Resurgence of a Nightmare

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow August 4, 2014 @ 10:00am

Iraq appears to be disintegrating. Its border with Syria has effectively been erased by a marauding army of jihadists. Operating under the banner of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham—the acronyms ISIS and ISIL are used interchangeably—this jihadist army has seized vast swaths of western and central Iraq, taken majority-Sunni cities once liberated by American blood, and declared an Islamic caliphate in the heart of the Middle East. Iraq’s Shiites have turned to Iran for protection. Iraq’s Kurds are quietly turning their autonomy into…

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Countering Beijing's Anti-Access Strategy

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow July 1, 2014 @ 9:07am


China is deploying a massive arsenal of missiles, including anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCM) expressly designed to push the United States out of the Asia-Pacific neighborhood. And the Pentagon is taking notice. Consider Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert’s response to a question about the DF-21D—one of China’s newest anti-ship weapons. Asked if the so-called “carrier killer” could sound the death knell for the era of American aircraft-carrier dominance of the seas,Click here to read more

A Swing and a Miss at West Point

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow June 9, 2014 @ 9:28am


President Obama, as is proven after every major speech he delivers, is a Rorschach inkblot: Some see the silhouette of a leader worthy of placement on Mount Rushmore. To them, he can say or do no wrong. Those who are not so captivated by his words see a different image and hear a different message. Consider the president’s address to the graduating cadets at West Point.

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From this Beachhead to the Next

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow June 2, 2014 @ 10:07am


Gen. Marshall’s orders to Gen. Eisenhower were at once simple and yet staggering: “Cross the channel, enter the heartland of Germany and free the continent of Europe.”

To do so, Ike hurled 160,000 men, some 6,000 ships, 2,300 planes and 840 gliders at the beaches and cliffs of Normandy. He fully grasped the massive nature of the D-Day undertaking—and the risk. “Your task will not be an easy one,” the general of generals said to his men. &ldquo…

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A Slow-Motion Pivot

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow May 7, 2014 @ 7:30am


The Obama administration’s long-promised “Pacific pivot” can’t come soon enough for the Philippines. After trying to fend off Beijing’s bullying, encroachment and, at times, outright aggression in the South China Sea, Manila is taking its behemoth neighbor to court. Specifically, Manila is appealing to the UN to settle a decades-old sea-border dispute and keep China out of Philippine waters. That’s a lot to ask of the often-feckless UN, but with the United States f…

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