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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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. 


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...

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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.