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 Guardian, CBS News, BBC News and the Council on Foreign Relations. Dowd holds degrees from Butler University and Indiana University. Follow him at twitter.com/alanwdowd.Click here to read full bio...
Alone at the Front
By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow September 26, 2014 @ 12:27pmClick here to read more
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 such a small number to confron…
Today's Axis of Evil
By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow September 2, 2014 @ 3:23pmClick here to read more
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 (ISIS) but yesterday’s…
Resurgence of a Nightmare
By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow August 4, 2014 @ 10:00amClick here to read more
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 de facto sovereignty and, so…
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 @ 9:28amClick here to read more
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.