The Hudson Institute is a US think tank that "challenges conventional thinking and helps manage strategic transitions to the future through interdisciplinary and collaborative studies in defense, international relations, economics, culture, science, technology, and law." While it is officially non-partisan, it tends to be more associated with American conservatism and the U.S. Republican Party, but, regardless of ideology, it emphasizes futures studies rather than immediate issues of partisan interest.
Its public statements emphasize "In the 1970s, Hudson’s scholars helped turn the world away from the no-growth policies of the Club of Rome; in the early 1990s, we helped the newly-liberated Baltic nations become booming market economies; at home, we helped write the pioneering Wisconsin welfare reform law that became the model for successful national welfare reform in the mid-1990s. Today, as part of our research agenda, we are developing programs of political and economic reform to transform the Muslim world."
Hudson is organized into Centers with (directors)
- American Common Culture (John Fonte)
- Bradley Center for Philanthropy & Civic Renewal (William Schambra)
- Economic Policy Studies
- Employment Policy (Diana Furchtgott-Roth)
- Eurasian Policy (Zeyno Baran)
- European Studies
- Political-Military Analysis (Richard Weitz)
- Global Food Issues (Alex Avery)
- Global Prosperity (Carol Adelman)
- Housing & Financial Markets
- Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World (Hillel Fradkin)
- Latin American Studies (Jaime Daremblum)
- Middle East Policy (Meyrav Wurmser)
- National Security Strategies
- Religious Freedom (Nina Shea)
- Science in Public Policy
RightWeb cites no-longer-online material from the Center for Media Transparency about Hudson's funding. "The Hudson Institute received close to $25 million between 1987 and 2003 in foundation, corporate, and government grants, according to Media Transparency and the Capital Research Center. In 2005, the Sarah Scaife Foundation gave Hudson $150,000 for projects, and the Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation gave $75,000 "toward general support for the U.S., China, Russia, and Iran Diplomacy and Security project, and the work of Russian scholar and writer Dr. Andrei Piontkovsky," according to Media Transparency. In 2004, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation gave Hudson hundreds of thousands for various projects. Other top Hudson funders have included John M. Olin Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, the Donner Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Justice.