Nikki Haley Takes New Job At Washington Think Tank

Former South Carolina Governor, U.S. Ambassador, and failed presidential candidate Nikki Haley has found a way to stay busy after losing the Republican presidential primary this cycle to the presumptive nominee, former President Donald Trump. The Washington-based Hudson Institute announced Monday that Haley will be working there for the time being.

According to a press release, “Hudson Institute today announced that Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and US ambassador to the United Nations, will be the next Walter P. Stern Chair.”

“Nikki is a proven, effective leader on both foreign and domestic policy,” Hudson Institute President and CEO John P. Walters said. “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.”

“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. That may have been a reference to the situation with the Russian Federation and Ukraine. Throughout the 2024 campaign, Haley supported a more interventionist position in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) took more cautious and ambiguous positions on the war in Ukraine. Trump exercised his usual flair for daring humor in tense global standoffs, joking he would let Russia do “whatever” they want should NATO-member countries fail to pay their bills to the military alliance.

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

“It is fitting that Nikki has taken on this title,” said Sarah May Stern, chair of Hudson’s Board of Trustees. “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.”