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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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.

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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.

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Trump Has A Strategy For Destroying The Islamic State — And It's Working

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Monday, March 27, 2017

[Subscription Required] Defeating the Islamic State was candidate Trump’s top national-security priority, one of the few policy issues on which he was consistent. While his claim to have a secret plan — and that keeping it secret was good strategy — was risible to national security experts, his policy goals were and are consistent.

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Donald Trump Needs To Own The Yemen Raid

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

[Subscription Required] Soldiers and civilians die in the war against terrorists. But sending a message to our allies that we’re in the fight is more important.

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Can Any National Security Advisor Tame President Trump?

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Sunday, February 19, 2017

[Subscription Required] Modern art came to America in the 1913 Armory show. Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase was a scandal. Former president Theodore Roosevelt wrote an outraged 1,700 word review in Outlook, describing the exhibit as “a question of pathological rather than artistic significance”. The description seems equally suitable for the national security policymaking process in the Trump administration: it is a process of pathological not procedural significance.

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NATO’s In Crisis! (Again)

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Thursday, February 16, 2017

[Subscription Required] Stan Sloan, who in 1983 wrote one of the very best books about NATO says that the three oldest refrains in the West are: NATO is in crisis; deterrence is breaking down; and we need new thinking. All of which perfectly captures the furore about Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’s putative threat to NATO allies.

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Give Trump’s National Security Team Some Time. They’re Just Getting Started.

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Monday, February 6, 2017

[Subscription Required] A reasonable case could be made that politicos have a valuable role to play in ensuring domestic support for national security decisions, or that deconflicting, sequencing, and prioritizing the president’s efforts is legitimately a political counselor’s job.

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Mr. Trump Goes To Washington

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Friday, January 20, 2017

[Registration Required] Can the new president really shake things up as much as we fear?