Nadia Schadlow

National Security Visiting Fellow

Nadia Schadlow is a National Security Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.

Previously, Dr. Schadlow served as a Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy and Assistant to the President of the United States.  As the architect of the 2017 National Security Strategy, Dr. Schadlow coordinated strategic analysis and forged consensus across multiple government departments. She also oversaw the development of regional and functional strategies to deal with complex national security challenges. Prior to her most recent period of government service, she served as an executive at Smith Richardson Foundation where she directed assets to catalyze new thinking and analysis to improve the security and competitiveness of the United States. Her 2017 book, War and the Art of Governance: Consolidating Combat Success into Political Victory, explored the challenges of undertaking post-conflict operations and identified optimal practices.  Her writings have appeared in The Hill, The Wall Street Journal, The American Interest, War on the Rocks, and several edited volumes.

She serves on several boards and commissions, including the National Endowment for Democracy and the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board, Working Group on Innovation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Schadlow received a B.A. from Cornell University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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Analysis and Commentary

The End Of American Illusion

by Nadia Schadlow via Foreign Affairs
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Since the end of the Cold War, most U.S. policymakers have been beguiled by a set of illusions about the world order. On critical issues, they have seen the world as they wish it were and not how it really is. President Donald Trump, who is not a product of the American foreign policy community, does not labor under these illusions. Trump has been a disrupter, and his policies, informed by his heterodox perspective, have set in motion a series of long-overdue corrections. 

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China in the Mediterranean and Implications for the United States and Europe

by Nadia Schadlow via Strategika
Friday, January 10, 2020

Two decades ago, the strategist Mac Owens wrote a seminal essay on classical geopolitics. He described geopolitics as “the study of the political and strategic relevance of geography to the pursuit of international power,” adding that it involved the control of spatial areas that have an impact on the security and prosperity of nations. 

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The Vagaries Of World Power

by Nadia Schadlow via Strategika
Thursday, November 15, 2018

By traditional measures—military strength, economic wealth, population size—the United States remains the world’s preeminent superpower. Its economy continues to expand; it deploys the largest military in the world; it is home to a growing population; and American laws and capital flows encourage a vibrant ecosystem for innovation.