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Alan W. Dowd

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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