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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How Veterans’ Endorsements Of Presidential Candidates Are Detrimental To The US Military

by Kori Schakevia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, September 8, 2016

People in and outside of the military are uncomfortable with it being used as a political pawn. Part of the blame for this dynamic lies with the veterans making political endorsements while pointing toward their experience in the services. Such endorsements are bad for the military for multiple reasons, including...

Analysis and Commentary

Why Donald Trump’s Endorsement By 88 Generals Is So Dangerous

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

On Tuesday, the Trump campaign announced the endorsement of their candidate by nearly 90 retired senior military officers.


The Disconnect Beneath The Praise For U.S. Military

by Kori Schakevia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

At a time when public opinion of most government institutions slides ever lower, the military represents a rare bright spot: 88% of Americans describe themselves as proud of the men and women who serve in our armed forces.


A Blueprint For American Security

by Kori Schake, General Jim Mattis, Admiral James O. Ellis Jr. via San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Russia invades Ukraine, shaking the post-World War II European order. China chips away at others’ sovereignty in Asia. The war in Iraq, nearly won by 2010, and the war in Afghanistan grind on. Terrorism seems everywhere metastasizing. If the world feels more dangerous to you, it should.


Warriors & Citizens: American Views Of Our Military

by Kori Schake, General Jim Mattisvia Real Clear Defense
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

We undertook this project to better understand attitudes of the American public about their military forty years into having an all-volunteer force and after fifteen years of being continuously at war.

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Warriors and Citizens

by General Jim Mattis, Kori Schakevia Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Fifteen prominent experts on civil-military relations analyze data from the largest survey since 1998 of American public attitudes about military issues in order to explore the ways the public is losing connection to its military.


Should The U.S. Pull Its Nuclear Weapons From Turkey?

by Kori Schakevia The New York Times
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

U.S. nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey are under the control of U.S. military forces, so they would be defended by ferociously well-trained and well-equipped American troops. Maintaining control of the weapons would be the top priority if seizure was ever threatened, with all of America’s military power put to the task.

Analysis and Commentary

The Circus Comes To Cleveland

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

[Subscription Required] So first, the spoiler: There wasn’t a single policy proposal in the “Make America Safe Again” day of programming at the Republican national convention. It was a huge missed opportunity to explain what conservative foreign and defense policies could do for our country.


Lessons From The Failed Coup In Turkey

by Kori Schakevia National Review
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Its failure is a testament to the growing strength of Turkish civil society.

Why Mike Pence Is Good for GOP Conservatives — and for Cory Booker

by Kori Schake
Friday, July 15, 2016

[Subscription required] Donald Trump’s VP candidate is a solid choice for mainstream Republicans, but it also opens the door for a smart parry by Hillary Clinton.