Articles by Alan W. Dowd

Power Failure at NATO

In the face of skyrocketing debt, America's NATO allies are planning massive cuts in their defense budgets. It's a worrisome prospect given the swelling number of challenges on NATO's plate. Read More

A Very Big Ten

The Big Ten Conference touched off a brushfire in December by letting its fellow collegiate athletic conferences know it's planning to expand. When word leaked in April that the conference was ready to pursue an "accelerated timetable," that brushfire became a full Read More

The Great Recession

Given the dark economic outlook this time a year ago, it was hard to find a business or household that had the confidence—or audacity—to predict growth by the end of 2009, let alone double-digit growth. But that's what Washington's spending... Read More

Not Doing What Comes Naturally

Wouldn't we be better off if we just learned to live with the risks and threats posed by terrorism? That's essentially the question Duke University ecologist Raphael Sagarin is asking. "Organisms do not try to get rid of risk in... Read More

I Knew Two Heroes

As they do every five years or so when the calendar turns to June 6th, presidents and prime ministers are descending on Normandy to commemorate the D-Day landings. They will intone about the lessons of history and the need for... Read More


With little fanfare—in fact, it was kept quiet for many weeks—President Barack Obama discreetly returned a bust of Winston Churchill to the British government soon after his inauguration. During his predecessor's administration, the statue rested in an honored plac Read More

The Long Road to Recovery

In geopolitics, as in life, things are seldom as bad or good, easy or hard, as they appear at close range. The incoming Obama administration should keep this in mind as it takes the helm of America's ship of state.... Read More

Conventional Wisdom Wrong Again... and Again and Again

If the 2008 primary season has taught us anything, it's that the conventional wisdom is not to be trusted. Take, for example, the adage that money is the lifeblood of politics. Not this year. Just look at the Republican... Read More

Religious Right and Wrong

A week after Mitt Romney took to podium in an effort to answer the not-so-quiet questions about his Mormon faith, Mike Huckabee has raised the issue again, with an offhand comment about Mormon doctrine to The New York Times... Read More

You Say You Wanna Resolution?

The Senate and House are expected to pass resolutions this week condemning President Bush's plan to deploy an additional 21,000 troops in and around Baghdad. Congress, of course, has every right to take this step. But that doesn't mean... Read More

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