Kori Schake is the deputy director-general of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Previously, she was a distinguished research fellow at the Hoover Institution. Schake is the editor, with Jim Mattis, of the book Warriors and Citizens: American Views of Our Military and author of Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony. She is a contributing editor at the Atlantic and writes for War on the Rocks and Foreign Policy. Schake has served in various policy roles including in the White House for the National Security Council, Department of Defense, and the State Department. During the 2008 presidential election, she was senior policy advisor on the McCain-Palin campaign.
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The current international order provides an opportunity for U.S. policymakers to put the defense budget in order, and the long- term federal budget outlook makes seizing this opportunity essential.
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The odds are slim that Hagel will become a strong and capable secretary. In order to boost the odds of his success, he quickly needs to send signals throughout the organization that he can command respect.
Discussion of budget proposals by co-authors Admiral Gary Roughhead and Kori Schake (misspelled in transcript) and Cindy Williams.
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The False Logic of Retreat.
When it comes to America’s engagement with the outside world — from trade to alliances — there’s still broad agreement across parties.
“Obama seems to believe that the lesson of Iraq and Libya is to never intervene, rather than to learn how to intervene better, as the United States did in northern Iraq after the Gulf War, in the Balkan wars in the 1990s, and in Colombia’s struggle against insurgents during the past two decades.”
“Our failures are not the result of intervening in the wrong places.”
“Though westerners are understandably wary of war, the US has high stakes in Syria and limited intervention can go far.”
“An intervention that seeks to create refugee camps within Syrian territory would take the pressure off neighboring countries. The United Nations estimates that six million Syrians are in need of urgent assistance, a full third of the population.”
“And I think actually after leaving Iraq and our halfhearted efforts in Afghanistan, we are actually going to need to put troops on the ground in order for other people to be willing to put troops on the ground.”
Almost halfway through a discussion on Iraq, Kori Schake discusses what she believes the U.S. should do there, and supports the idea that the U.S. has a strategy of promoting, inter alia, human rights.
While others on the panel advocate for a grand policy of nonintervention, Kori Schake advocates for a case-by-case intervention policy.