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...
Preparing for the End of the Kim Dynasty
By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow July 5, 2016 @ 8:20amClick here to read more
“There will be instability in North Korea that, I believe, will lead to the collapse of North Korea much sooner than many of us think,” predicts Gen. Walter Sharp, former commander of U.S. Forces-Korea. Pointing to Kim Jong Un’s tenuous hold on power, Asia expert Minxin Pei adds, “No modern authoritarian dynastic regime has succeeded in passing power to the third generation.”
If the Kim Dynasty’s days are indeed numbered, what will the end look like? History offers some helpful, albeit not always heartening, examples of how North Korea could collapse…
The Tide War Returns
By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow June 13, 2016 @ 2:42pmClick here to read more
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently admitted that ISIS operatives mounting “a raid like they did in Paris or Brussels” here in the U.S. is “something we worry about a lot.”
To some, this seems like an impossibility. They reassure themselves that the oceans and friendly allies buffer us from the sort of influx of ISIS fighters that Europe is weathering. In reality, our enemies are using our friendly neighbors and our open borders as avenues into our country.
Networks and Skills
Consider what Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of SOUTHCOM says about the gathering jihadist threat in the Americas: “We just have to recognize that this theate…
A ‘D’ for Democracy
By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow May 31, 2016 @ 8:04amClick here to read more
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…
The Narrowing Technology Gap
By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow April 13, 2016 @ 10:23amClick here to read more
The signs and the warnings are everywhere.
From policymakers: “Our technological superiority is slipping,” w…
Reagan on Rushmore?
By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow February 5, 2016 @ 8:39amClick here to read more
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…