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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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.” 

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The Election Ended Wednesday Night

by Kori Schakevia Politico
Thursday, October 20, 2016

The final debate was Trump’s chance to stop the bleeding. 16 political watchers tell us whether he succeeded.


Think Before You Act: Defining The Political End State

by General Jim Mattis, Kori Schakevia PolicyEd.org
Monday, October 17, 2016
When we decide we need to take military action, how do we make sure we do it right? Whether it’s fighting against ISIS in the Middle East, driving the Iraqis out of Kuwait, or confronting the Axis Powers in World War II, every military campaign should start with a very clear idea of how we want the situation to end – what we call a “clearly defined political end state.”
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Willing Accidents To Happen

by Kori Schakevia Military History in the News
Monday, October 17, 2016

One of President Obama’s least attractive attributes is his tendency to disparage his adversaries. Just yesterday, for example, he mocked Silicon Valley executives for the triviality of their achievements compared to his important and complex work. Democrats bewail the obstinacy of Republicans in Congress, but ignore just how much this Obama trait crushes the possibility of compromise (think of President Obama humiliating Paul Ryan at the health care speech in 2011). The effects are visible in foreign policy, as well—especially in regards to Russia.

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Kori Schake: American Dominance of the International Order

by Kori Schakevia Hoover Institution
Monday, October 17, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake

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Trump Is An Outlier, And The Data Prove It

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Friday, October 14, 2016

[Subscription Required] When it comes to America’s engagement with the outside world — from trade to alliances — there’s still broad agreement across parties.

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Thucydides All Over Again

by Kori Schakevia Military History in the News
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

President Obama recently said the war in Syria “haunts me constantly.” It ought to. Because the killing of more than a half million of Syria’s people by their government, Iran, Russia, and ISIS will cast a long shadow over the legacy of the Obama administration. Especially because this devastation results from the success of the Obama doctrine, not its failure.

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The Lowest Moment In The History Of Debates?

by Kori Schakevia Politico
Monday, October 10, 2016

Sex scandals. A jail threat. 'Hatred' and the 'devil.' How low did we just go? We asked political observers to weigh in.

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The 18 Essential Foreign Policy Questions Clinton And Trump Need To Answer

by Kori Schakevia Chicago Tribune
Friday, October 7, 2016

As America prepares for the foreign-policy fireworks in Sunday night's second presidential debate, a town hall format co-moderated by ABC News's Martha Raddatz and CNN's Anderson Cooper, we asked our columnists to pose the question they'd want to put to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump -- and why it's so important that America's next president have the answer.

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Damned By Faint Trump

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Last night's debate was nothing to crow about on either side, but Hillary Clinton definitely got the better of her rival.