Dr. Kori Schake
Dr. Kori Schake is Deputy Director-General of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). During the 2008 presidential election, she was senior policy adviser to the McCain-Palin campaign, responsible for policy development and outreach in the areas of foreign and defense policy.
From 2007 to 2008, Dr. Schake was the Deputy Director for Policy Planning at the State Department. In addition to staff management, she focused on resourcing and organizational effectiveness issues, including a study of what it would take to “transform” the State Department to enable integrated political, economic, and military strategies.
During President Bush’s first term, Dr. Schake was the director for Defense Strategy and Requirements on the National Security Council. She was responsible for interagency coordination for long-term defense planning and coalition maintenance issues. Dr. Schake contributed to such projects as: conceptualizing and budgeting for continued transformation of defense practices; the most significant realignment of US 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.
Dr. Schake formerly 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 Affairs, and the National Defense University. She is on the boards of the journal, Orbis, and the Centre for European Reform. She also blogs for Foreign Policy’s Shadow Government. Her latest book is entitled, State of Disrepair: Fixing the Culture and Practices of the State Department. Dr. Schake is currently a member of the Spirit of America’s Advisory Board.