Alan Dowd

Alan DowD

Director | Center for America's Purpose

Senior Fellow Alan W. Dowd is director of the Sagamore Institute Center for America’s Purpose—an initiative that promotes America’s leadership role in the world through published work, interviews and policy events. A founding member of Sagamore’s leadership team, Dowd provides strategic vision and management support, coordinates a range of publications efforts, and publishes and speaks on national defense and international security. Dowd authors Sagamore’s Project Fortress blog, which explores the intersection of faith, liberty and security, and he serves as curator of Sagamore’s Pathfinder project—a storehouse of the essentials for understanding the evolution of U.S. foreign and defense policy. In addition, Dowd manages a special section of the website dedicated to his research and analysis on the war in Ukraine.

Focusing on the defense of freedom at home and abroad, Dowd’s award-winning writing has appeared in: Parameters, Real Clear Defense, World Politics Review, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Jerusalem Post, The Financial Times Deutschland, The National Post, The Washington Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Examiner, Providence, Military Officer, The Claremont Review of Books, The American Legion Magazine, byFaith, American Outlook, The American, The American Enterprise, Policy Review, The Journal of Diplomacy & International Relations, Fraser Forum, Current, The Detroit News, The Sacramento Bee, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, The Indianapolis Star, The National Interest, The American Interest, The Weekly Standard and National Review. Dowd is a contributing editor with Providence; serves as a contributing editor with The American Legion Magazine, where he writes the Landing Zone column; and has been featured by the American Institute for Economic Research, the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, and the Brownstone Institute. Dowd is coauthor of The New Security Blueprint (Sagamore Press 2023, available for purchase here) and Cybersecurity Challenges for Canada and the United States (Fraser Institute 2015). He has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The Financial Post, The National Post, Congressional Quarterly Researcher, Fox News Channel and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Dowd holds senior fellow posts with the Fraser Institute and the American Security Council Foundation. He has served as an adjunct professor at Anderson University and Butler University. Before helping to launch Sagamore, Dowd was a research fellow and director of Hudson Institute’s corporate headquarters and, earlier, a congressional aide. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Butler University and a master’s degree from Indiana University.