Kori Schake

Research Fellow

Dr. Kori Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.  She is the editor, with Jim Mattis, of the book Warriors and Citizens: American Views of Our Military.  She teaches Thinking About War at Stanford, is a contributing editor at the Atlantic, and also writes for War on the Rocks and Foreign Policy.  Her history of the Anglo-American hegemonic transition is forthcoming (2017) from Harvard University Press.

She has served in various policy roles including at the White House for the National Security Council; at the Department of Defense for the Office of the Secretary and Joint Chiefs of Staff and the State Department for the Policy Planning Staff.  During the 2008 presidential election, she was Senior Policy Advisor on the McCain-Palin campaign.

She has been profiled in publications ranging from national news to popular culture including the Los Angeles Times, Politico, and Vogue Magazine.

Her recent publications include: Republican Foreign Policy After Trump (Survival, Fall 2016), National Security Challenges for the Next President (Orbis, Winter 2017), Will Washington Abandon the Order?, (Foreign Affairs, Jan/Feb 2017).

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Time For New National Heroes

by Kori Schakevia Military History in the News
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

After the violence in Charlottesville, mayors around the country are having to decide whether to take down statues of Confederate icons like Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee. As part of that national dialogue, we might want to consider whether it remains appropriate to have military bases named for soldiers who took up arms against the government of the United States of America.

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Kori Schake On Making Empty Threats In Foreign Policy

by Kori Schakevia Policyed.org
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hoover Institution Fellow Kori Schake responds to questions related to the making of empty threats in foreign policy.

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Considering Preemptive War

by Kori Schakevia Military History in the News
Thursday, August 10, 2017

President Trump set off a rhetorical hand grenade this week, threatening North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” The Secretary of State rushed to reassure Americans that there was no imminent threat and they could “sleep safe at night.”


When Words Risk Provoking War

by Kori Schakevia The Atlantic
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Even if threatening North Korea with “fire and fury” wasn’t intended as an ultimatum, its consequences could be serious.

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This Is Not A Eulogy For John McCain

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Thursday, July 20, 2017

[Registration Required] Perhaps no one alive has paid as high a price for the truths we hold to be self-evident as has John McCain. He chose military service as a profession. Offered early release as a prisoner of war by North Vietnam, he kept faith with his fellow POWs and insisted on order of capture release, extending the time of his captivity by years.


The Summer Of Misreading Thucydides

by Kori Schakevia The Atlantic
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

There’s a delicious irony in the Trump team’s affection for the historian—who repeatedly shows how populists lead societies to ruin.

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Trump and the “New Nationalism”

by Kori Schakevia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

It’s not new at all. Andrew Jackson, almost two centuries ago, also championed a populist style—and, in the end, strengthened American democracy. 

Analysis and Commentary

James Mattis’s Reassurance Tour Is Winning Admirers But Not Believers

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Monday, June 5, 2017

[Registration Required] Secretary of Defense James Mattis gave a terrific speech at the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore this weekend. It would have been solid and unremarkable in any American administration of the past 70 years; it was exceptionally sensible in the current climate.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump And NATO: A More Gracious Appeal May Have Gotten More Mileage With The Europeans

by Kori Schakevia Fox News
Sunday, May 28, 2017

After President Trump’s sumptuous, warm welcome in Saudi Arabia and Israel, dealing with America’s European allies has been a bucket of cold water. The French President snubbed him, nine thousand Belgians protested his arrival, NATO heads of state stood in stony disapproving silence as he spoke, and Germany’s chancellor invited former President Obama to counter-program President Trump’s message in Berlin.


NATO Without America?

by Kori Schakevia American Interest
Thursday, May 25, 2017

A palpable sigh of relief emanated from NATO’s headquarters in Brussels and the capitals of 27 NATO members when Donald Trump finally had a good word to say about history’s most successful and enduring alliance.