Lieberman joins conservative think tank

Washington — Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman will join the American Enterprise Institute, the conservative Washington-based think tank announced Monday.

In a statement AEI said Lieberman will serve as co-chairman of the American Internationalism Project, alongside former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.

“The American Internationalism Project, under the leadership of Sen. Lieberman and Sen. Jon Kyl, is critical to opening a discussion about the challenges facing America in the coming decades — and strategizing about how to meet them,” AEI President Arthur C. Brooks said in a statement.

Lieberman said, “There is an urgent need to rebuild a bipartisan — indeed nonpolitical — consensus for American diplomatic, economic, and military leadership in the world.”

The AEI says its mission is “to defend the principles and improve the institutions of American freedom and democratic capitalism-limited government, private enterprise, individual liberty and responsibility, vigilant and effective defense and foreign policies, political accountability, and open debate.”

Although AEI does not take positions on issues, many of its fellows, including Irving Kristol, the so-called “father of neoconservatism,” are strong supporters of Israel, as is Lieberman.

Lieberman retired in January after serving in the Senate for 24 years. A lifelong Democrat, Lieberman abandoned the party to become an independent when he ran for re-election in 2006.

Lieberman may work for AEI long distance. He sold his house in Northwest Washington last month for $1.3 million and has said he wanted to live in his hometown of Stamford after retirement to be close to his children and grandchildren, who live in New York.