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

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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?

Analysis and Commentary

Why Obama Made The Wrong Call On Chelsea Manning

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

[Registration Required] I do not often disagree with my good friends, the legal sharpshooters over at Lawfare. Ben Wittes, a senior fellow in governance studies at Brookings, Susan Hennessy, also a fellow there, and the other contributors have going the most important conversation anywhere on issues of national security and law.


Process Makes Perfect

by Kori Schake, William F. Wechslervia Center for American Progress
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Best practices in the art of national security policymaking.

Analysis and Commentary

What’s The Biggest Test Trump Will Face In 2017?

by Kori Schakevia Politico Magazine
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Donald Trump’s biggest challenge in 2017 will be getting anything done. For all his criticism of President Obama, Donald Trump shares many of his predecessor’s most self-defeating executive characteristics: a near-messianic belief in their personal ability to produce outcomes, dramatic under-estimation of the extent to which the American system of governance is designed to do nothing absent broad political cooperation, under-investment in Congressional relationships that translate policy into law, and deep reliance on a White House staff of campaign people.


Will Washington Abandon The Order?

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Affairs
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Should the United States commit its unrivaled power to spreading democracy and cementing Washington’s leadership of the liberal international order that has provided decades of stability and security but has come under increasing strain in recent years?