Kori Schake

Research Fellow
Biography: 

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 columnist for Foreign Policy magazine, and a contributor to War on the Rocks.  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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To My Fellow Republicans: Remember That Trump’s Victory Is Not A Mandate

by Kori Schakevia Quartz
Friday, November 11, 2016

It’s a harsh thing to say, but Hillary Clinton cost Democrats the White House. Far fewer Americans voted for her than have voted for other Democratic candidates in recent elections. More than 200 counties that president Obama won in 2008 and 2012 went for Donald Trump on Tuesday.

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Kori Schake On Civil-Military Relations

interview with Kori Schakevia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake talks with Peter Robinson about her book Warriors and Citizens that she coauthored with General James Mattis, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of maintaining a world-class military managing worldwide issues with an all-volunteer force.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump And The Shibboleths

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Thursday, November 10, 2016

On losing, gloating, and the future of the GOP.

Analysis and Commentary

What Washington Gets Wrong: The Unelected Officials Who Actually Run The Government And Their Misconceptions About The American People

by Kori Schakevia Times Higher Education (UK)
Thursday, November 3, 2016

US bureaucrats are ignorant of the public’s views despite sharing similar outlooks, says Kori Schake.

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Strange Planning: What’s Missing From DOD’s Third Offset

by Kori Schakevia Military History in the News
Monday, October 31, 2016

The Department of Defense considers itself in the throes of a “third offset” strategy. DOD’s storyline is that the U.S. military has historically selected three offsets seeking competitive military advantages. 

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Preparing For Victory

by Kori Schakevia Military History in the News
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Our navy’s senior admiral, John Richardson, made news last week by banning use of the Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2AD) acronym. The term had come into usage to describe the risks run by U.S. forces as adversaries—China, in particular—developed better long-range precision strike weapons. Richardson said the term “can mean all things to all people or anything to anyone—we have to be better than that…Instead, we will talk in specifics about our strategies and capabilities relative to those of our potential adversaries, within the specific context of geography, concepts, and technologies.” 

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The Election Ended Wednesday Night

by Kori Schakevia Politico
Thursday, October 20, 2016

The final debate was Trump’s chance to stop the bleeding. 16 political watchers tell us whether he succeeded.

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Willing Accidents To Happen

by Kori Schakevia Military History in the News
Monday, October 17, 2016

One of President Obama’s least attractive attributes is his tendency to disparage his adversaries. Just yesterday, for example, he mocked Silicon Valley executives for the triviality of their achievements compared to his important and complex work. Democrats bewail the obstinacy of Republicans in Congress, but ignore just how much this Obama trait crushes the possibility of compromise (think of President Obama humiliating Paul Ryan at the health care speech in 2011). The effects are visible in foreign policy, as well—especially in regards to Russia.

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Trump Is An Outlier, And The Data Prove It

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Friday, October 14, 2016

[Subscription Required] When it comes to America’s engagement with the outside world — from trade to alliances — there’s still broad agreement across parties.

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Thucydides All Over Again

by Kori Schakevia Military History in the News
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

President Obama recently said the war in Syria “haunts me constantly.” It ought to. Because the killing of more than a half million of Syria’s people by their government, Iran, Russia, and ISIS will cast a long shadow over the legacy of the Obama administration. Especially because this devastation results from the success of the Obama doctrine, not its failure.

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