Failed Presidential Contender Nikki Haley Joins Conservative Think Tank

Weeks after dropping out of the GOP presidential primary, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has announced that she will join the conservative Hudson Institute think tank.

In a statement, the former South Carolina governor praised the institute’s work, citing lawmakers’ failures to denounce America’s enemies or realize the importance of the country’s allies.

“When our policymakers fail to call out our enemies or acknowledge the importance of our alliances, the world is less safe,” Haley said. “That is why Hudson’s work is so critical.”

“They believe the American people should have the facts and policymakers should have the solutions to support a secure, free, and prosperous future,” she added. “I look forward to partnering with them to defend the principles that make America the greatest country in the world.”

Hudson President and CEO John P. Walters praised Haley as a “leader on both foreign and domestic policy.”

“In an era of worldwide political upheaval, she has remained a steadfast defender of freedom and an effective advocate for American security and prosperity,” Walters said. “We are honored to have her join the Hudson team.”

Haley will serve as the next Walter P. Stern chairwoman at the think tank, according to the Washington Examiner.

“It is fitting that Nikki has taken on this title,” the chair of Hudson’s Board of Trustees, Sarah May Stern, said. “She is a courageous and insightful policymaker and these qualities are vital in making Hudson the powerhouse policy organization it is today, and I am extremely proud that she has joined the Institute.”

The Washington Examiner pointed out that Haley increased her foreign policy credentials while serving as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (UN) under the Trump administration. The former South Carolina governor challenged former President Donald Trump for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination but failed, having been trounced on Super Tuesday.

Haley has yet to endorse the former president.

The ex-Sout Carolina governor will join other prominent fellows at the Hudson Institute, such as former Attorney General William Barr, former State Department official David Asher and former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.

In 2018, Haley received Hudson’s Global Leadership Award.