Kori Schake


Dr. Kori Schake is the Deputy Director-General of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). She was a distinguished research fellow at the Hoover Institution and is the editor, with Jim Mattis, of the book Warriors and Citizens: American Views of Our Military

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: Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony (Harvard University Press, 2017), Republican Foreign Policy After Trump (Survival, Fall 2016), National Security Challenges for the Next President (Orbis, Winter 2017), and Will Washington Abandon the Order?, (Foreign Affairs, Jan/Feb 2017).

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Europe Is Alert to the Dangers It Faces

by Kori Schakevia Strategika
Thursday, January 17, 2019

I think the question (Will Europe ever fully partner with the U.S.—or will the European Union and NATO continue to downplay the necessity of military readiness?) is lagging the reality of European acknowledgement of their military shortfalls. Europeans are no longer downplaying the necessity of military readiness.

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Restoring Our National Security

by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr., General Jim Mattis, Kori Schakevia PolicyEd
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

For the past twenty years, the United States has been operating mostly unguided by a coherent security strategy. As a result, we have been too reactive to events and crises. To effectively manage our national security, we need a strategy that is clearly defined, communicated, and supported.

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Mattis’s Defense Strategy Is Bold

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Monday, January 22, 2018

[Registration Required] While the value of overarching strategy documents is often derided, the National Defense Strategy serves three important functions: first, setting out the vision and priorities of elected leadership for the Defense Department; second, giving the uniformed and suited professionals in the Defense Department an opportunity to educate new political appointees as they take the helms of responsibility; and third, providing a guide to Congressional overseers and the taxpaying public for how a $700 billion enterprise will be run.


A Tale Of Two Hegemons: The Anglo-American Roots Of The Postwar International System

by Kori Schakevia War on the Rocks
Thursday, December 21, 2017

In 1921, the United States convened a disarmament negotiation among the naval powers of the Pacific. At the Washington Naval Conference, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and the United States agreed to discontinue their capital ship programs and build no more for ten years, to reduce their fleets of battleships and carriers to agreed ratios, and not to fortify their holdings in the Pacific.

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How To Grade Trump’s National Security Strategy On A Curve

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

[Registration Required] Strategizing for this president isn’t easy. But that excuse only gets you so far.


Religious Bias Is Distorting American Foreign Policy

by Kori Schakevia Atlantic
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The administration is imperiling the very minority communities it claims to want to protect.


The North Korea Debate Sounds Eerily Familiar

by Kori Schakevia The Atlantic
Friday, December 8, 2017

Trump’s national-security officials are making many of the same arguments Bush’s did in 2003.

Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony

by Kori Schakevia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

History records only one peaceful transition of hegemonic power: the passage from British to American dominance of the international order. What made that transition uniquely cooperative and nonviolent? Does it offer lessons to guide policy as the United States faces its own challengers to the order it has enforced since the 1940s? To answer these questions, Kori Schake explores nine points of crisis or tension between Britain and the United States, from the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 to the establishment of the unequal “special relationship” during World War II.

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The GOP Tax Plan Is A Threat To National Security

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Thursday, November 2, 2017

[Subscription Required] As our federal debt spirals up and up, military readiness will inevitably suffer.

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The Fatal Flaw In Trump’s U.N. Speech Could Be Disastrous For American Power

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

[Registration Required] First the good news: President Donald Trump did not sound like the late, great U.N. fulminator Hugo Chávez, nor the incendiary former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The speech did not last over an hour.