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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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?

Analysis and Commentary

All The President’s Generals

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Saturday, December 3, 2016

There’s some reason for concern about the balance of America’s civil-military relations, but it’s the civil side we should be worried about.

Analysis and Commentary

To My Fellow Republicans: Remember That Trump’s Victory Is Not A Mandate

by Kori Schakevia Quartz
Friday, November 11, 2016

It’s a harsh thing to say, but Hillary Clinton cost Democrats the White House. Far fewer Americans voted for her than have voted for other Democratic candidates in recent elections. More than 200 counties that president Obama won in 2008 and 2012 went for Donald Trump on Tuesday.

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Kori Schake On Civil-Military Relations

interview with Kori Schakevia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake talks with Peter Robinson about her book Warriors and Citizens that she coauthored with General James Mattis, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of maintaining a world-class military managing worldwide issues with an all-volunteer force.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump And The Shibboleths

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Thursday, November 10, 2016

On losing, gloating, and the future of the GOP.

Analysis and Commentary

What Washington Gets Wrong: The Unelected Officials Who Actually Run The Government And Their Misconceptions About The American People

by Kori Schakevia Times Higher Education (UK)
Thursday, November 3, 2016

US bureaucrats are ignorant of the public’s views despite sharing similar outlooks, says Kori Schake.

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Strange Planning: What’s Missing From DOD’s Third Offset

by Kori Schakevia Military History in the News
Monday, October 31, 2016

The Department of Defense considers itself in the throes of a “third offset” strategy. DOD’s storyline is that the U.S. military has historically selected three offsets seeking competitive military advantages. 

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Preparing For Victory

by Kori Schakevia Military History in the News
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Our navy’s senior admiral, John Richardson, made news last week by banning use of the Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2AD) acronym. The term had come into usage to describe the risks run by U.S. forces as adversaries—China, in particular—developed better long-range precision strike weapons. Richardson said the term “can mean all things to all people or anything to anyone—we have to be better than that…Instead, we will talk in specifics about our strategies and capabilities relative to those of our potential adversaries, within the specific context of geography, concepts, and technologies.”