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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Recent Commentary


Veterans And The Alienated Society

by Kori Schakevia War on the Rocks
Friday, June 10, 2016

Sebastian Junger understands a lot about warfare. He is admirably passionate about helping America’s veterans come to terms with their wartime experience and form the kind of meaningful connections that inoculate against post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Reasons For Confidence In The Iran Deal

by Kori Schakevia Hoover Daily Report
Friday, May 27, 2016

There are historical precedents to justify current American confidence that the treaty with Iran will prevent it from going nuclear. In fact, Iran itself provides the most important precedents. Three factors have in the past caused Iran to curtail its nuclear weapons programs: high likelihood of exposure, belief the United States would destroy their weapons programs, and fear that military conflict with the United States would result in regime change in Iran.


How To Manage A Rising Power—Or Two

by Kori Schake, Anja Manuel via The Atlantic
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What America can learn from 19th-century Britain.


Is The Obama Administration Changing Its Strategy In Afghanistan?

by Kori Schakevia National Review
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Akhtar Mansour, the leader of the Taliban, is dead. As he was returning from Iran, his car was hit by a missile fired from an American military drone in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province.

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Defense Policy Challenges For The Next President

by Kori Schakevia Hoover Institution
Friday, May 6, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake discusses the evolving threats to US interests that are waiting for the next presidential administration.

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The Inherent Fallacy Of Believing We Can Beat The Islamic State Without U.S. Ground Troops

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

[Registration Required] No one — not Obama, Clinton, Trump, or Cruz — will dare to admit the obvious: We’re going to need to put boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

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A Winning Strategy: Combine Military Force With Good Governance

by Kori Schakevia Analysis
Thursday, March 24, 2016

The United States has been unable to translate frequent tactical successes into strategic victories in most of its recent overseas interventions for two reasons: first, because our political leaders have not defined clear political end states; and second, because we have relied too heavily on military means instead of crafting an integrated mix of political, diplomatic, economic, intelligence, information, and cultural elements. Our outcomes have been actually worse than just successes that are not quantifiable: we are telegraphing to allies and to enemies an incapacity to act strategically.

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Legitimacy Rests In Iranian Hands

by Kori Schakevia Strategika
Monday, March 14, 2016

Whether Iran succeeds in gaining legitimacy with Europe and the United States after the end of sanctions by the West may have less to do with choices by the Western countries and more to do with internal Iranian politics. All of the parties to the Iranian nuclear deal want to provide that legitimacy; but Iran’s opaque internecine politics may get in the way.


Obama: Fighting Wars He Believes Unwinnable

by Kori Schakevia The Atlantic
Monday, March 14, 2016

What’s behind the president’s inaction?

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Donald Trump, Barbarian Emperor

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Friday, March 4, 2016

How the GOP presidential front-runner totally misunderstands Japan -- and the value of supporting (not extorting) our allies in Asia.