Kori Schake

Research Fellow

Kori Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

During the 2008 presidential election, she was senior policy adviser to the McCain-Palin campaign, responsible for policy development and outreach in the areas of foreign and defense policy.

From 2007 to 2008 she was the deputy director for policy planning in the state department. In addition to staff management, she worked on resourcing and organizational effectiveness issues, including a study of what it would take to “transform” the state department so as to enable integrated political, economic, and military strategies.

During President Bush's first term, she was the director for Defense Strategy and Requirements on the National Security Council. She was responsible for interagency coordination for long-term defense planning and coalition maintenance issues. Projects Schake contributed to include conceptualizing and budgeting for continued transformation of defense practices; the most significant realignment of US military forces and bases around the world since 1950; creating NATO's Allied Command Transformation and the NATO Response Force; and recruiting and retaining coalition partners for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

She has held the Distinguished Chair of International Security Studies at West Point, and also served in the faculties of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, the University of Maryland’s School of Public Affairs, and the National Defense University. She is on the boards of the journal Orbis and the Centre for European Reform and blogs for Foreign Policy’s Shadow Government.

Her publications include State of Disrepair: Fixing the Culture and Practices of the State Department (Hoover Institution Press, 2012), Managing American Hegemony: Essays on Power in a Time of Dominance (Hoover Institution Press, 2009), “Choices for the Quadrennial Defense Review” (Orbis, 2009), “Dealing with a Nuclear Iran” (Policy Review, 2007), and “Jurassic Pork” (New York Times, 2006). She coauthored “How America Should Lead” (Policy Review, 2002), and coedited The Berlin Wall Crisis: Perspectives on Cold War Alliances (2002), and “Building a European Defense Capaibility” (Survival,, 1999).

From 1990 to 1996, she worked in Pentagon staff jobs, first in the Joint Staff’s Strategy and Policy Directorate (J-5) and then in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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Warriors and Citizens

by General Jim Mattis, Kori Schakevia Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Fifteen prominent experts on civil-military relations analyze data from the largest survey since 1998 of American public attitudes about military issues in order to explore the ways the public is losing connection to its military.


Should The U.S. Pull Its Nuclear Weapons From Turkey?

by Kori Schakevia The New York Times
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

U.S. nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey are under the control of U.S. military forces, so they would be defended by ferociously well-trained and well-equipped American troops. Maintaining control of the weapons would be the top priority if seizure was ever threatened, with all of America’s military power put to the task.

Analysis and Commentary

The Circus Comes To Cleveland

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

[Subscription Required] So first, the spoiler: There wasn’t a single policy proposal in the “Make America Safe Again” day of programming at the Republican national convention. It was a huge missed opportunity to explain what conservative foreign and defense policies could do for our country.


Lessons From The Failed Coup In Turkey

by Kori Schakevia National Review
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Its failure is a testament to the growing strength of Turkish civil society.

Why Mike Pence Is Good for GOP Conservatives — and for Cory Booker

by Kori Schake
Friday, July 15, 2016

[Subscription required] Donald Trump’s VP candidate is a solid choice for mainstream Republicans, but it also opens the door for a smart parry by Hillary Clinton.


Why Americans Should Care About The South China Sea

by Kori Schakevia Los Angeles Times
Thursday, July 14, 2016

A little-known court in the Netherlands rattled Asia this week. The Permanent Court of Arbitration concluded that China has no legal basis for its expansive claims in the South China Sea, where China has been attempting to intimidate its neighbors into conceding their rights.

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Strategy Matters

by Kori Schakevia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 11, 2016

A victory could be worse than defeat—if it showed we had no strategy.

Analysis and Commentary

NATO Summit Special Series: United States

by Kori Schakevia Atlantic Council
Saturday, July 2, 2016

If it feels like NATO is perpetually preparing for or having a summit meeting, that is true. Summits used to be occasions; they are now held routinely every two years. This is no bad thing: Europe’s deteriorating security environment merits routine attention and high-profile initiatives from NATO leaders.

Related Commentary

The Potential Perils of Grexit

by Kori Schakevia Strategika
Friday, July 1, 2016

Would a Grexit from the Eurozone create any strategic problems? Absolutely. If other Eurozone countries force Greece out of the currency union, we should expect it to have a deeply damaging effect on the NATO alliance, which remains the crucial lever by which the United States organizes security contributions from European countries.


The Cost Of Slow-Rolling ISIS Is Clear In The Turkish Airport Attack

by Kori Schakevia National Review
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Obama’s gradual strategy may defeat ISIS eventually, but that’s not good enough for the refugees or the region.