Author Archive

Kori Schake

Director of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, AEI

Kori Schake is Resident Scholar and Director of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute.
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The Military Won’t Save Us – and You Shouldn’t Want Them To

It’s deeply irresponsible, not to mention organizationally nonsensical, to suggest that Gen. Milley should evict an election-losing Trump from the White House.

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Biden’s Foreign Policy Would Be Better Than Trump's, But Just Barely

The former vice president lacks a consistent philosophy of when and how to use military force.

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The Damage That ‘America First’ Has Done

A self-interested strategy will not help the U.S. fight the coronavirus outbreak.

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Trump’s Iran Strategy Isn’t Working as Well as He Thinks

The killing of Qassem Soleimani upended expectations in useful ways, but the U.S. isn’t in a position to capitalize on the turmoil.

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Trump's War-Crime Pardons Undermine the Military

Once again, our president has used the military as a political tool to its detriment as an institution.

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Macron's 'NATO Brain Death' Quote Shows Why the US Has Always Outplayed France

Like Charles de Gaulle, the French president would unify Europe under France’s conception, with Germany footing the bill.

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Trump Is Complicit in Erdoğan’s Violence

Now the war in Syria has a victor. And it’s not the U.S.

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A Terrific Deal—For the Taliban

The president should have to answer for the Afghanistan mess in the 2020 election.

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The Bill for ‘America First’ Is Coming Due

Two of America’s closest treaty allies have announced military efforts explicitly designed to exclude the United States.

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Worse Than Obama’s Red-Line Moment

Trump has now shown himself just as willing as President Obama to make empty threats that damage American credibility.

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A Middle East Peace Plan Built on Un-American Principles

Jared Kushner wants to use prosperity as a shiny object to distract Palestinians while their political aspirations are swept away.

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How a Forever War Ends

Trump might well wrap up the war in Afghanistan, but only by giving up on America’s original goals.

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Trump Just Screwed Up the One Thing He Did Better Than Obama

His capricious decision to withdraw troops from Syria will create havoc.

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What Other Countries' Experience Tells America About Its Decline

In Twilight of the Titans, two scholars provide a warning to a rising China, and a road map for the United States to regain its standing.

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Allies Grieve the Loss of the US They Believed In

An international conference takes on a funereal feel as allies realize they can no longer rely on the United States.

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Trump Needs Help Picking Between His Contradictory Foreign-Policy Desires

Unfortunately, not even a 21st-century version of Eisenhower’s Solarium planning exercise is likely to help.

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Trump Is Right to Leave The INF Nuclear Treaty

Despite sensible objections, the US could benefit, and it's hard to see how Russia ever would comply.

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There’s No Defending Trump Anymore

The spectacle in Helsinki is over. Now it’s time for Congress—and the American people—to act.

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Trump’s North Korea Gamble Is a Real-Time Experiment

Here’s how the president’s bets look when viewed through the lens of behavioral economics.