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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Recent Commentary

Battery Power

by Nadia Schadlow, Arthur Hermanvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 18, 2021

China’s pursuit of a global green-energy monopoly includes locking up the battery supply chain. The Pentagon has a strong interest in not letting that happen.


Trading One Dependency For Another

by Nadia Schadlowvia War on the Rocks
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Several of the Biden administration’s key climate goals — particularly steps to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in the power and transportation sectors — are likely to be held hostage by China. A shift away from fossil fuels to renewables to produce electricity, and the deployment of more electrical vehicles on America’s roadways, depends upon batteries. 

Analysis and Commentary

A Good Battery Is The Best Defense Against A Military Assault

by Arthur Herman, Nadia Schadlowvia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The massive push toward electric vehicles presents risks and opportunities for America’s military. As adversaries make it harder for U.S. forces to reach and operate across long distances, the energy provided by advanced batteries can help the Pentagon achieve its multiple missions. This requires a secure innovation and production base for advanced battery technology, something the U.S. doesn’t have at the moment.

Analysis and Commentary

How Our New Climate Policies Could Lead To Increased Reliance On China

by Nadia Schadlowvia The Hill
Friday, March 19, 2021

Key climate goals of the administration, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the energy and transportation sectors, may be held hostage by China. This is because a shift away from fossil fuels depends on lithium ion batteries. Since China dominates that industry, the administration will need its strategy to mitigate the leverage. 

Analysis and Commentary

Intel’s Woes Offer An Opportunity For Resilience

by Anthony Vinci, Nadia Schadlowvia Real Clear Policy
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

America is at risk of losing its strategic advantage in technological innovation. One warning sign is in semiconductors, the silicon chips in everything from cell phones to satellites to jet planes.

Analysis and Commentary

Financial Technology Is China’s Trojan Horse

by Nadia Schadlow, Richard Kangvia Foreign Affairs
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Popular Chinese Mobile Payment Apps Are Just the Tip of the Spear.

Analysis and Commentary

The End Of American Illusion

by Nadia Schadlowvia 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 Schadlowvia 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 Schadlowvia 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.