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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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.


Why Americans Should Care About The South China Sea

by Kori Schakevia Los Angeles Times
Thursday, July 14, 2016

A little-known court in the Netherlands rattled Asia this week. The Permanent Court of Arbitration concluded that China has no legal basis for its expansive claims in the South China Sea, where China has been attempting to intimidate its neighbors into conceding their rights.

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Strategy Matters

by Kori Schakevia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 11, 2016

A victory could be worse than defeat—if it showed we had no strategy.

Analysis and Commentary

NATO Summit Special Series: United States

by Kori Schakevia Atlantic Council
Saturday, July 2, 2016

If it feels like NATO is perpetually preparing for or having a summit meeting, that is true. Summits used to be occasions; they are now held routinely every two years. This is no bad thing: Europe’s deteriorating security environment merits routine attention and high-profile initiatives from NATO leaders.

Related Commentary

The Potential Perils of Grexit

by Kori Schakevia Strategika
Friday, July 1, 2016

Would a Grexit from the Eurozone create any strategic problems? Absolutely. If other Eurozone countries force Greece out of the currency union, we should expect it to have a deeply damaging effect on the NATO alliance, which remains the crucial lever by which the United States organizes security contributions from European countries.


The Cost Of Slow-Rolling ISIS Is Clear In The Turkish Airport Attack

by Kori Schakevia National Review
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Obama’s gradual strategy may defeat ISIS eventually, but that’s not good enough for the refugees or the region.

Analysis and Commentary

An Easy Primer On The South China Sea

by Kori Schakevia Real Clear Defense
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

In the coming days, an obscure court in the Netherlands will issue a ruling in a dispute between the Philippines and China over an uninhabited Pacific reef known as Scarborough Shoal. It will be an important test of whether China can rise peacefully, as the Chinese government claims it is doing.