Nile Gardiner

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Nile Gardiner
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Official photograph of Heritage Foundation Director of Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom Nile Gardiner
Alma materYale University
University of Oxford
Known forConservative commentator, and director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation.

Nile Gardiner is a British conservative commentator. He is director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation, and was for a time an aide to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He is also a commentator on U.S. and British television; he is a frequent contributor to the Fox News network and to the London Daily Telegraph.[1] Gardiner is co-author with Stephen Thompson of the book, Margaret Thatcher on Leadership: Lessons for American Conservatives Today (Regnery 2013).


Gardiner holds a doctorate in History and two master's degrees from Yale University, as well as a bachelor's and master's degree in Modern History from Oxford University. He was awarded several scholarships at Yale, including the International Security Studies Smith Richardson Foundation Fellowship, and the David Gimbel Fellowship.[2]


Following Yale, Gardiner served as a foreign policy researcher and aide to former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, assisting her as she wrote Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World, and at points providing advice on international policy.[2] In 2002, he became a Heritage Foundation fellow in Washington, D.C., specializing in Anglo-American security policy. He was appointed director of Heritage's Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom in 2006.[3]

In addition to transatlantic relations, Gardiner also has an interest in the United Nations. Having been a supporter of an investigation into the Oil for Food Program,[4] he also advised the 2005 Gingrich-Mitchell Task Force on the United Nations.[5]

Gardiner worked as a foreign policy adviser for Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign, specializing in Europe and transatlantic relations.[6]

Gardiner has been interviewed as a pundit on many television news programs, including Fox News, NBC Nightly News, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and Washington Journal amongst others. He has written for leading publications in the United States, Europe and Asia such as The Daily Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, and Süddeutsche Zeitung. He is also an occasional contributor to The New York Times “Room for Debate” forum.[7]

Gardiner joined Senator Ted Cruz's National Security Coalition on 17 March 2016.[8]


Gardiner is a supporter of the Transatlantic alliance and the idea that the U.S. and U.K. should "project power and influence across the world.”[9]

Gardiner supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and has defended the George W. Bush administration's record in warfare and in combatting terrorism.[10] Gardiner is opposed to increasing European integration and the rise of a federal Europe, which he sees as a threat to British sovereignty and the future of the Anglo-American alliance.[11] In his articles on domestic U.S. politics, Gardiner has praised and appealed to the Tea Party movement in American political debate, calling it the most influential political movement of the decade.[12]

Gardiner was a prominent and long-time supporter of the withdrawal of the U.K. from the European Union from his position at the Heritage Foundation, and hosted key talks in support before the British vote on 23 June 2016.[13] As someone who worked for Margaret Thatcher[when?] he maintained, "The Iron Lady believed firmly that Britain would be better off outside the European Union."[14]


  1. ^ "CentreRight: Nile Gardiner". Conservative Home. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Dr. Nile Gardiner". Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  3. ^ McCaslin, John (25 September 2006). "Patron Maggie". The Washington Times. p. A06.
  4. ^ The U.N. Oil-for-Food Scam: Time for Hearings, Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. and James Phillips, Heritage Foundation, 1 March 2004
  5. ^ "Task Force on the United Nations". United States Institute of Peace. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  6. ^ Kornreich, Lauren (19 September 2007). "Former Thatcher advisers support Giuliani". CNN. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  7. ^ Gardiner, Nile (30 March 2011). "Weakness in collective action". New York Times. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 March 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Nile, Gardiner (30 March 2009). "Barack Obama's European Tour: The President Must Protect the Transatlantic Alliance". Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  10. ^ Gardiner, Nile (26 December 2008). "George W Bush: winning the war on terror". Telegraph. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  11. ^ Gardiner, Nile (4 January 2010). "A Conservative Vision for British Foreign Policy". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  12. ^ Gardiner, Nile (31 December 2010). "The Tea Party is the political movement of the decade". Telegraph. Archived from the original on 4 January 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  13. ^ "Heritage Experts Advocated for Brexit From the Very Beginning". Archived from the original on 26 June 2016.
  14. ^ comment, 2016 / Leave a (24 June 2016). "Why Americans Should Celebrate the Brexit Vote". The Daily Signal.

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