By Jorge Benitez
Kori Schake is the former Director for Defense Strategy and Requirements at the National Security Council. She is currently a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and an associate professor of international security studies at the United States Military Academy. I had the opportunity to discuss her thoughts on some key issues of interest to the Atlantic Council community.
At a recent Atlantic Council conference, you discussed the future of NATO. How do you view the state of the alliance?
I am upbeat about the state of the alliance because of how NATO is responding to three key issues. The first of these is austerity, the significant cuts in defense spending being faced by all NATO members. I believe that this downward pressure on defense budgets will make governments appreciate the value of joint defense. The second issue is Afghanistan, where the difficulties of achieving our goals have increased appreciation for allied willingness to share the burdens. Third is Russia; less because of Russian behavior than the diminished friction among NATO allies about Russia policy.