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Kori Schake

Kori Schake

Deputy Director-General, International Institute for Strategic Studies

Kori Schake is the deputy director-general of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and was previously a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. Schake is the editor, with Jim Mattis, of “Warriors and Citizens: American Views of Our Military” and the author of “Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony.” She was the director for defense strategy and requirements on the National Security Council under George W. Bush, where she helped create NATO’s Allied Command Transformation and the NATO Response Force.

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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.

Friday, February 1, 2013

It's hard not to despair about the irresponsibility of politicians in Congress, the White House, and the Pentagon (suited and uniformed) watching the FY2014 budget process unfold.

Friday, April 12, 2013

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.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Discussion of budget proposals by co-authors Admiral Gary Roughhead and Kori Schake (misspelled in transcript) and Cindy Williams.

Friday, February 22, 2013
It’s not new at all. Andrew Jackson, almost two centuries ago, also championed a populist style—and, in the end, strengthened American democracy
Friday, July 7, 2017

Can the new president really shake things up as much as we fear?

Friday, January 20, 2017

There’s a delicious irony in the Trump team’s affection for the historian—who repeatedly shows how populists lead societies to ruin.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The False Logic of Retreat.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

When it comes to America’s engagement with the outside world — from trade to alliances — there’s still broad agreement across parties.

Friday, October 14, 2016

“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.”

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

“Our failures are not the result of intervening in the wrong places.”

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

“Though westerners are understandably wary of war, the US has high stakes in Syria and limited intervention can go far.”

Friday, May 31, 2013

“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.”

Monday, May 13, 2013

“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.”

Saturday, March 26, 2016

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.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

While others on the panel advocate for a grand policy of nonintervention, Kori Schake advocates for a case-by-case intervention policy. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

“[Kori] Schake joins Stephanie Ruhle along with her panel to discuss Trump on the world stage.”

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Scholars Kori Schake and Robin Wright discuss the Iran nuclear agreement and ISIS strategy at the 2017 Aspen Security Forum.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kori Schake argues, “The nuclear deal takes a potential Iranian nuclear weapon out of the equation for another eight years or more, buying us valuable time to push back on such behavior by Iran—and that is the material advantage of the JPCOA.”

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Kori Schake argues, “Republican candidates and Congressmen should give full vent to denouncing the agreement. It will send a note of caution to the Iranian leadership and show allies we take seriously their concerns. And they should all develop crisp answers to the question of what they would do instead.”

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Kori Schake names five reasons for supporting the Iran nuclear deal.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Kori Schake argues, “The leader of the free world wants to destroy the alliances, trading relationships and international institutions that have characterized the American-led order for 70 years.”

Friday, June 15, 2018

“Yascha Mounk talks to Kori Schake, deputy director-general of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, about the damage Donald Trump is doing to the trans-Atlantic relationship, what the world would look like without NATO, and why it’s worth defending the liberal international order.”

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Kori Schake argues “The Europeans need us, and we need them—let’s not call the whole thing off.”

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dr. Kori Schake discusses “the current transatlantic security landscape, President Trump's upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and how the West Coast perceives U.S. relations with European allies.”

Friday, June 30, 2017

Kori Schake argues “The United States isn’t newly worried about being taken advantage of by our NATO allies; that suspicion has worried American governments since NATO’s creation.”

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Kori Schake argues, “Whether President Trump is a Manchurian candidate—cultivated for leadership here by an enemy nation to damage our country—or simply feckless is almost irrelevant at this point … Trump’s actions, even if motivated by ill-founded concepts or desperate self-preservation rather than allegiance to a hostile foreign power, are deeply injurious to the welfare of the United States.”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

“On the heels of a tension-filled NATO summit, Russia experts wonder whether Trump’s meeting with Putin will address the Russian government’s rising belligerence.”

Friday, July 13, 2018

Kori Schake argues, “We in the West must not be so concerned about Russia’s future bad behavior that we fail to push back against Russia’s current bad behavior. We must not deter ourselves from protecting our interests and our allies.”

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"Our own behavior is chewing into our margin for error and probably remains a stronger indicator of our fate than any choices made by China."

Monday, March 5, 2018

"The president’s approach is different than his predecessors’—but that doesn’t mean it’s working."

Monday, May 20, 2019

"When Pax Britannica gave way to Pax Americana, the transition was peaceful. A repeat is unlikely, says the author of ‘Safe Passage.’"

Friday, February 9, 2018

"Kori Schake, deputy director-general at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, discusses the future of U.S. foreign policy and her recent Foreign Affairs article, “Back to Basics: How to Make Right What Trump Gets Wrong,” with James M. Lindsay."

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

"A scholar of war and international policy, Hoover Research Fellow Kori Schake takes us around the world as powers shift and China rises. "

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival takes up the question of what’s next in the Trump administration’s push for an America First agenda, and where such profound changes leave America in the world. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018