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Nikki Haley Joins the Hudson Institute

The think tank's distinguished fellows include Mike Pompeo, Elaine Chao, and Bill Barr

Nikki Haley Joins the Hudson Institute

Nikki Haley has announced her post-presidential campaign plans.

The Hudson Institute says that the former governor of South Carolina will join its organization as its next Walter. P Sterns Chair.

“Nikki is a proven, effective leader on both foreign and domestic policy,” said John P. Walters, the organization’s president and CEO, in an April 15 press release. “In an era of worldwide political upheaval, she has remained a steadfast defender of freedom and an effective advocate for American security and prosperity. We are honored to have her join the Hudson team.”

The Hudson Institute was founded in 1961 as a research organization that develops strategic recommendations regarding “foreign and domestic policy, national security, economics, and international relations.” The organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C and relies on an “interdisciplinary study in defense, international relations, economics, energy, technology, culture, and law.”

Former United States Attorney General William Barr is a Hudson Institute distinguished fellow contributing to work regarding violent crime and international terrorism policy. Elaine Chao, wife of Senator Mitch McConnell and former Secretary of Transportation under President Donald Trump, and Michael Pompeo, former Secretary of State under Trump, are also among the institute’s distinguished fellows. The two former cabinet members both joined in 2021.

Haley won the Hudson Institute’s Global Leadership Award in 2018.

“When our policymakers fail to call out our enemies or acknowledge the importance of our alliances, the world is less safe. That is why Hudson’s work is so critical,” Haley said. “They believe the American people should have the facts and policymakers should have the solutions to support a secure, free, and prosperous future. I look forward to partnering with them to defend the principles that make America the greatest country in the world.”

Haley announced on March 6 that she was suspending her 2024 presidential campaign. She was the last high-profile Republican challenging Trump for the party’s nomination.

“It is now up to Donald Trump to earn the votes of those in our party and beyond it who did not support him. And I hope he does that,” she said, per AP News. “At its best, politics is about bringing people into your cause, not turning them away. And our conservative cause badly needs more people.”

While speaking at the Hudson Institute in February of 2020, Haley warned that “the democratic presidential candidates [were] embracing socialism and some in more traditionally conservative circles are calling for a watered-down version of capitalism.”

“While these two camps are different, they are the same in one key respect, both are dangerous to the American people,” she said. “For the sake of our children and our grandchildren, America's future must be built on an actual capitalist foundation.”

“While the founders never used the word, they gave us capitalism in all but the name. And over the years we've proven that capitalism can work for everyone. It's a myth that capitalism is just for the wealthy or big corporations,” Haley added. “It has benefited workers and communities most of all. It's also a myth that capitalism is all America stands for. We have other deeply held values that make our economy and our country stronger.”

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