Kori Schake

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Kori Schake
Kori Schake in the panel discussion, "Debate: U.S. Nuclear Weapon Modernization", at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C., 29 June 2017
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Maryland
Stanford University
Scientific career
FieldsForeign policy
National defense
InstitutionsHoover Institution
United States Military Academy at West Point
Centre for European Reform
Academic advisorsGeorge Quester
Thomas Schelling
Catherine Kelleher

Kori N. Schake (born 1962) is the Deputy-Director General of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. She has held several high positions in the U.S. Defense and State Departments and on the National Security Council. She was a foreign-policy adviser to the McCain-Palin 2008 presidential campaign.

Professional career[edit]

Schake obtained her PhD in government from the University of Maryland, where she was a student of George Quester, Thomas Schelling, and Catherine Kelleher. She holds MA degrees in both government and from the School of Public Affairs. She did her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, including studying under Condoleezza Rice.[1]


Schake's first government job was with U.S. Department of Defense as a NATO Desk Officer in the Joint Staff's Strategic Plans and Policy Division (J-5), where from 1990–1994 she worked military issues of German unification, NATO after the Cold War, and alliance expansion.[2] She also spent 2 years (1994–1996) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the special assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Strategy and Requirements.[3]

National Security Council[edit]

During President George W. Bush's first term, she was the director for Defense Strategy and Requirements on the National Security Council.[4] She was responsible for interagency coordination for long-term defense planning and coalition maintenance issues. Projects she contributed to include conceptualizing and budgeting for continued transformation of defense practices, the most significant realignment of U.S. military forces and bases around the world since 1950, creating NATO's Allied Command Transformation and the NATO Response Force, and recruiting and retaining coalition partners for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.[2]

State Department[edit]

Schake was the Deputy Director for Policy Planning in the U.S. State Department from December 2007 to May 2008.[2][4] Her responsibilities included staff management as well as resourcing and organizational effectiveness issues, including a study of State Department reforms that enable integrated political, economic, and military strategies.[2]

McCain-Palin campaign[edit]

Schake left the State Department in order to serve as a senior policy adviser to the McCain-Palin 2008 presidential campaign, where she was responsible for policy development and outreach in the areas of foreign and defense policy.[5][6][7] Earlier in the campaign, she had been an adviser to Rudy Giuliani.[8]


She has held the Distinguished Chair of International Security Studies at West Point, and also served in the faculties of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy, and the National Defense University.[2]

She was previously a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.[2][9][10] She blogs regularly for Shadow Government on Foreign Policy[11] and is on the editorial board of Orbis[12] and the board of Centre for European Reform. She is also commonly featured on the Deep State Radio podcast.[13] Schake advises Spirit of America, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports US troops.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Schake was raised in a small town in Sonoma County, California, by her parents Cecelia and Wayne, a former Pan Am pilot. Kori has a brother and sister. Kristina Schake, her 8-year-younger sister, has also worked in the White House, and played key roles in presidential campaigns, but on the Democratic side, working with Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign. Kori is a Republican.[15] Despite their political differences, they remain very close.[16]


  • America vs the West: Can the Liberal World Order be preserved?, (Penguin Random House Australia, 2018) ISBN 978-0-1437-9536-0.
  • Mattis, Jim; Schake, Kori, eds. (August 2016). Warriors and Citizens: American Views of Our Military. Stanford, California: Hoover Institution. ISBN 978-0-8179-1934-4. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  • State of Disrepair: Fixing the Culture and Practices of the State Department, (Hoover Institution 2012) ISBN 978-0-8179-1454-7.
  • "Choices for the Quadrennial Defense Review", Orbis, Summer 2009.
  • Managing American Hegemony: Essays on Power in a Time of Dominance, (Hoover Institution 2009) ISBN 978-0-8179-4902-0.
  • The US Elections and Europe: The Coming Crisis of High Expectations, (Centre for European Reform [fr], 2007).
  • Dealing with a Nuclear Iran,” Policy Review (April/May 2007).
  • “Jurassic Pork,” The New York Times, 9 February 2006.
  • “An American Eulogy for European Defence,” in Anne Deighton, ed., Securing Europe? (ETH Zurich, 2006) ISBN 978-3-905696-11-0.
  • National Security: A Better Approach,” with Bruce Berkowitz, Hoover Digest (No. 4, 2005).
  • “NATO Strategy and the German-American Relationship,” in Detlef Junker [de], ed., The United States and Germany in the Era of the Cold War (Cambridge University Press, 2004) ISBN 978-0-521-83420-9.
  • The Berlin Wall Crisis, edited with John Gearson (Palgrave, 2002) ISBN 978-0-333-92960-5.
  • How America Should Lead,” (with Klaus Becher), Policy Review (August/September 2002).
  • Constructive Duplication: Reducing EU Reliance on US Military Assets (Centre for European Reform, January 2002).
  • The Strategic Implications of a Nuclear-Armed Iran, with Judith S. Yaphe, McNair Paper 64 (National Defense University Press, 2001).
  • “Arms Control After the Cold War: The Challenge of Diverging Security Agendas,” in S. Victor Papacosma, Sean Kay, and Mark R. Rubin, eds., NATO After Fifty Years (2001) ISBN 978-0-8420-2886-8.
  • Do European Union Defense Initiatives Threaten NATO? (Strategic Forum, National Defense University, August 2001).
  • Evaluating NATO’s Efficiency in Crisis Management, Les Notes de L’IFRI, No 21 (Institute Francais des Relations Internationales, 2000).
  • “NATO’s ‘Fundamental Divergence’ Over Proliferation,” in Ted Galen Carpenter, ed., The Journal of Strategic Studies, special issue on NATO Enters the 21st Century (September 2000); also published as a book by Frank Cass, 2001.
  • “Building A European Defense Capability,” with Amaya Bloch-Laine and Charles Grant, in Survival (IISS, Spring 1999).
  • “NATO Chronicle: New World Disorder,” Joint Forces Quarterly (April 1999).
  • Zwischen Weissen Haus und Pariser Platz – Washington und Berlin in Strategischer Allianz, in Ralph Thiele and Hans-Ulrich Seitz, eds., Heraus-Forderung Zukunft (Report Verlag, 1999).
  • "The Dayton Peace Accords: Success or Failure?", in Kurt R. Spillmann and Joachim Krause, eds., International Security Challenges in a Changing World (Peter Lang, 1999) ISBN 978-3-906763-68-2.
  • “NATO After the Cold War, 1991–1996: Institutional Competition and the Collapse of the French Alternative,” Contemporary European History, Vol 7, Part 3 (November 1998).
  • “Beyond Russia and China: A Survey of Threats to U.S. Security from Lesser States,” in Challenging the United States Symmetrically and Asymmetrically: Can America Be Defeated?, Lloyd J. Matthews, ed., (U.S. Army War College, July 1998).
  • Europe After NATO Expansion: The Unfinished Security Agenda (Policy Paper #38, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, February 1998).
  • “The Breakup of Yugoslavia,” in Roderick K. von Lipsey, ed., Breaking the Cycle: A Framework for Conflict Resolution (St. Martin’s Press, 1997) ISBN 978-0-312-16253-5.
  • “The Berlin Crises of 1948–49 and 1958–62,” in Beatrice Heuser and Robert O’Neill, eds., Securing Peace in Europe, 1945–1962 (MacMillan, 1992) ISBN 978-0-312-06217-0.


  1. ^ Condoleezza Rice: An American Life: A Biography, Elisabeth Bumiller (Random House, 2009) ISBN 978-0-8129-7713-4, p. 84. link to page in Google Books
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Kori Schake (on leave)". Hoover Institution. 2008. Archived from the original on April 2, 2008. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  3. ^ The Strategic Implications of a Nuclear-Armed Iran, Kori N. Schake and Judith S. Yaphe, McNair Paper 64 (National Defense University Press, 2001). About the Authors
  4. ^ a b Lochhead, Carolyn (January 4, 2009). "Bush: Only time will tell about his legacy". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  5. ^ Christian Science Monitor
  6. ^ The Guardian
  7. ^ The New York Times
  8. ^ www.joinrudy2008.com - Rudy Giuliani Announces Additional Foreign Policy Advisors
  9. ^ Daniel Luban and Ali Gharib (April 8, 2009). "Middle East: Gates' budget shakes up the Pentagon". Asia Times. Inter Press Service. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  10. ^ "USMA Department of Social Sciences - Faculty". Retrieved 2009-09-28.
  11. ^ Shadow Government blog contributors Archived 2009-01-15 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ FPRI News
  13. ^ "Deep State Radio". www.stitcher.com. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  14. ^ https://spiritofamerica.org/staff/dr-kori-schake
  15. ^ Schake, Kori. "I'm a Republican and I Support the Iran Nuclear Deal". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  16. ^ Meghan Daum (December 15, 2015). "These Two Sisters Couldn't Be Closer—Or More Politically Opposed". Vogue. Retrieved December 27, 2016.

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