Kori Schake


Dr. Kori Schake was a distinguished 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 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

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.

Analysis and Commentary

Democracy For Hire: A History Of American Political Consulting, By Dennis W. Johnson

by Kori Schakevia Times Higher Education (UK)
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Early this century, major league baseball was overrun by statisticians. Old-school scouts were elbowed aside by number crunchers mining data for anomalous patterns, as dramatised in Michael Lewis’ Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign ushered in the same fashion in political consulting, wagering that precise voter targeting could stimulate turnout. 


Don't Investigate Yemen Raid: Opposing View

by Kori Schakevia USA Today
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Trump's approval sent an important message.


Dereliction Of Duty Reconsidered: The Book That Made The National Security Advisor

by Kori Schakevia War on the Rocks
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dereliction of Duty by H.R. McMaster is a serious book. Thoroughly researched, carefully argued, it tackles a big subject: Who is responsible for the debacle that is the Vietnam War? McMaster concludes that everyone in political and military leadership was: Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, presidential military advisor Maxwell Taylor, the Congress and — especially — the Joint Chiefs of Staff.