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 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.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

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Missiles And More: Iran’s Threats To Israel And The Middle East

by Kori Schakevia Strategika
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Iran nuclear deal makes an Israeli strike less likely in the near term, and more likely in the medium term unless U.S. policy changes to restore the credibility of our own military options and suppresses the non-nuclear threats Iran is fomenting.


Republican Foreign Policy After Trump

by Kori Schakevia Taylor & Francis
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Donald Trump's supporters are genuinely questioning America's role in the world. Republicans owe them persuasive answers on their own terms.


The New York Bombing Aimed To Incite Fear. Instead, It Gave Rise To Everyday Heroism

by Kori Schakevia Quartz
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Terrorism is the revenge of the weak against the strong. Enemies who cannot defeat a nation’s military prey on the fears of the public, hoping to goad the government into violent retaliations.

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In Syria, Kerry Capitulates To Russia, Assad, And Iran

by Kori Schakevia National Review
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Reduction of violence should not be the sole — not even the principal — objective in warfare.

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Dispatch From Havana

by Kori Schakevia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Obama’s realignment with Cuba marked a high point in his presidency, but the future looks bleak for our southern neighbor.