Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will return to a fellowship at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution think tank in May after resigning from his White House post in December.
Mattis will rejoin the Davies Family Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, where he served as a fellow before being appointed by President Donald Trump as Secretary of Defense in 2016.
“I believe we have an obligation to pass on the lessons we’ve learned so that future generations can study, learn and become better,” Mattis said in a statement. “Hoover has made this part of its mission, and I look forward to returning.”
Mattis served as a U.S. Marine Corps general and commanded operations against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. His two-year tenure as secretary of defense ended with his resignation in 2018 after he and Trump clashed over whether to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
During the fellowship, Mattis will focus on research and writing about domestic and international security policy and participate in military and national security-related events.
“The wealth of knowledge and experience of an already extraordinary career has been made even richer by General Mattis’ latest endeavor as Secretary of Defense, and we are fortunate to once again be beneficiaries of his acumen,” Tom Gilligan, director of the Hoover Institution, said in a statement.
The public policy think tank operates on the Stanford campus but is overseen by its own board of directors. Activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and economist George P. Shultz are among its notable fellows.