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Alan W. Dowd

The End of the Post-Post-9/11 Era

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

The war on terror, we were assured, ended sometime between the president’s inauguration in 2009 and Osama bin Laden’s elimination in 2011. “The president does not describe this as a ‘war on terrorism,’” ...

The Shadows of August

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

President Woodrow Wilson called it “the most terrible and disastrous of all wars.” Winston Churchill described it as the moment when “all the horrors of all the ages were brought together.” H.G. Wells, with a sense of ...

A Gamble That Didn’t Pay Off

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Jun 16, 2014

Iraq is reeling—and hemorrhaging—from a highly coordinated series of thrusts across the country by what is, in effect, a jihadist army. In quick succession, al-Qaeda-inspired terrorists operating under the banner of the “Islamic ...

Six Lessons From Six June

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Jun 6, 2014

As they do every five or so years when the calendar turns to 6 June, presidents and prime ministers are descending on Normandy to commemorate the D-Day landings. They will intone about the price of freedom, draw parallels between today and ...

A Promise Kept

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: May 16, 2014

Originally published in The Landing Zone

A Slow-Motion Pivot

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: May 7, 2014

Originally published in American Security Council 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 ...

Reagan's North American Accord

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Mar 12, 2014

Originally published in the American Security Council This year marks the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) coming into force. It was Ronald Reagan, ever the visionary, who sketched the outlines of NAFTA ...

Jordan: An Unsung Ally

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Feb 21, 2014

Originally published in The Landing Zone When Americans think of their closest allies in the Middle East, Israel tops the list, followed perhaps by Saudi Arabia, with Egypt a distant—and diminishing—third. What’s noteworthy ...

The Face of America

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Feb 1, 2014

Originally published in The Landing Zone The idea for Mount Rushmore was conceived in 1924, when South Dakota’s state historian contacted sculptor Gutzon Borglum about creating a sculpture out of a rock formation in the Black Hills. Borglum ...

Off We Go

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Jan 21, 2014

Originally published in The Landing Zone To justify maritime military spending, Navy advocates often note that 71 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans—and understandably so. The U.S. Navy plays an essential role in ...

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