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Alan W. Dowd

System Administrator

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Mar 30, 2015

The nation-state system has served to organize the world for the better part of 400 years, but it’s under withering assault today. Just glance at the headlines: ISIS is maiming and murdering its way toward a borderless caliphate enfolding ...

The Problem of Foreign Policy

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Mar 3, 2015

Americans realized after World War II that “security was something that had to be worked at, to be managed,” Derek Leebaert writes in The Fifty Year Wound. “Americans could not turn their backs on the world.” Yet today, 58 ...

Rediscovering America’s Purpose

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Jan 30, 2015

What is America’s place and purpose in the world? Over the centuries, Americans have answered that question in many different ways. When the United States was young and weak, Washington prudently plotted a path of studied nonintervention, ...

Awareness without Action

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Jan 9, 2015

When asked about his limited response to ISIS, President Obama recently said he is not interested in “devoting another trillion dollars, after having been involved in big occupations of countries that didn’t turn out all that ...

Time to Dust off the Monroe Doctrine

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Nov 25, 2014

Much has been reported about Washington’s “Pacific pivot” aimed at deterring Chinese adventurism in the South China Sea and the “reassurance initiative” aimed at deterring further Russian revisionism in Eastern Europe. ...

Enemies of Humanity

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Oct 28, 2014

As U.S. military forces continue the long war against ISIS, al Qaeda and other jihadist groups, it’s tempting to view these stateless, ruthless enemies as unlike anything America has ever faced. After all, by striking America’s military ...

The anonymous war against ISIS

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Oct 14, 2014

Originally Published in The Landing Zone It’s been just over a month since the president vowed “to degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS - and more than two months since Air Force and Navy platforms launched what the president ...

America's Global Role

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Sep 30, 2014

Originally Published in Military Officer Iraq has become a Rorschach test for Americans. The interventionists see Iraq as proof American power was the crucial ingredient in keeping Iraq’s neighborhood stable. The disengagers point to ...

Back to Basics for NATO

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Sep 29, 2014

Noting that “Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine have fundamentally challenged our vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace,” NATO’s 28 political leaders declared during their September summit in Wales ...

Today’s Axis of Evil

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Sep 3, 2014

Originally Published in ASCF Report 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 ...

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