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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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President Obama Grades President Obama

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow November 9, 2015 @ 9:27am

 Commentators have devoted lots of print and pixels to comparing President Barack Obama to other presidents. Those with charitable views have compared him to Eisenhower, Reagan and FDR

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Time for a Little Less D├ętente

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow October 1, 2015 @ 7:59am


Under a baffling procedure that turned the treaty-review process on its head, a bipartisan majority in the Senate—and a large bipartisan majority in the House, for good measure&mdas…

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Retreating into a Reactive Crouch

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow September 1, 2015 @ 9:58am




With Washington cutting deals with the world’s most active state-sponsor of terrorism, the Islamic State carving out a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East, Congress and the White House dismembering the U.S. military, and another 9/11 anniversary approaching, it’s time for us to return to first principles on the counterte…

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Terrorists, Tyrants and Treaties

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow July 31, 2015 @ 8:26am

President Obama promises that the controversial deal recently hammered out by U.S., European, Russian and Iranian diplomats will “cut off every single one of Iran’s pathways to a…nuclear weapons program.” This latest promise of peace in our time warrants close scrutiny.



The core problem with the deal is not in its details, but rather in the nature of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The president, hoping Iran lives up to his hopes, may believe Iran can be brought in from the cold. But …

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Department of Defense Attorneys

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow July 1, 2015 @ 8:19am


The Pentagon has just released its newest edition of the U.S. Law of War Manual. At 1,176 pages, the new rulebook for America’s warriors is longer than Gerhard Weinberg’s magisterial history of World War II, longer than Paul Johnson’s weighty summary of the 20th century, longer than Webster’s dictionary, longer than most English translations of the Bible. It’s a ready and apt metaphor for the smothering layers of rules being piled onto the backs of…

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