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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Analysis and Commentary

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. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Bonfire Of Donald Trump’s Vanities

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

[Registration Required] With the reckless, fishy sacking of James Comey, President Trump’s domestic behavior has become more than an embarrassment — it’s an international liability.

Analysis and Commentary

The Trump Administration Is Heading For A 100 Day Train Wreck

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

[Registration Requited] The White House has few wins, no strategy, and one big problem that can't be fixed: the president himself.

Analysis and Commentary

Is Trump’s Bold Syria Strike A Dangerous Miscalculation?

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Friday, April 7, 2017

[Subscription Required] The president enforced the U.S. red line on chemical weapons, but this could all turn out very badly.

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Precedents For The New Nationalism

by Kori Schakevia Strategika
Monday, April 3, 2017

Donald Trump has cultivated comparisons between himself and President Andrew Jackson by hanging the portrait of Jackson in the White House, making pilgrimage to Andrew Jackson’s grave, and pointedly emphasizing that he, like Jackson, “fought to defend forgotten men and women from the arrogant elite of his day.” It is a choice distressing to those who associate Jackson with illiberal policies of slavery, Indian removal, and refusing to enforce Supreme Court verdicts.