2022 Eastern Caribbean Cruise

The 2022 Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard the Sky Princess was a great success! Programming included panel discussions, an at-sea version of our Burke to Buckley program, break-out sessions, and a book club. Cruisers had opportunities at dinner and cocktail parties to meet the speakers and each other. Photos from the cruise can be viewed below. Please contact Jason Wise at if you have any questions are or interested in joining us for a future cruise.

2022 Cruise Speakers

William B. Allen is an emeritus professor of political philosophy in the Department of Political Science and emeritus dean, James Madison College, at Michigan State University. In 2018-20 he was senior scholar in residence in the Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization at the University of Colorado. He served previously on the United States National Council for the Humanities, as chairman and member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and as chief operating officer at the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, in Washington, D.C. He has published extensively, including Re-Thinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of H. B. Stowe (Lexington Books) and George Washington: America’s First Progressive (Peter Lang, Inc.).

Charles C. W. Cooke is a senior writer for National Review and the former editor of He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, at which he studied modern history and politics. His work has focused especially on Anglo-American history, British liberty, free speech, the Second Amendment, and American exceptionalism. He is the co-host of the Mad Dogs and Englishmen podcast, and is a regular guest on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

Veronique de Rugy is the George Gibbs Chair in Political Economy and senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a nationally syndicated columnist. Her primary research interests include the US economy, the federal budget, taxation, tax competition, and cronyism. Her popular weekly columns address economic issues ranging from lessons on creating sustainable economic growth to the implications of government tax and fiscal policies. She has testified numerous times in front of Congress on the effects of fiscal stimulus, debt and deficits, and regulation on the economy. De Rugy is the author of a weekly opinion column for the Creators Syndicate, writes regular columns for Reason magazine, and blogs about economics at the Corner on In 2015, she was named in Politico’s Guide to the Top 50 thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics. Before moving to the United States, she oversaw academic programs in France for the Institute for Humane Studies Europe.

Kevin Hassett is the senior adviser to National Review Capital Matters and a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. Hassett served as the 29th Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers beginning in 2017 and rejoined the White House in 2020 as Senior Advisor to the President. Prior to his White House service, Hassett was the research director at the American Enterprise Institute for many years. He also served as a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and as an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, as well as a visiting professor at New York University’s Law School. He has been an adviser for many presidential campaigns and has contributed regular columns to National Review for almost 20 years.

The Honorable John Hillen is the James C. Wheat Professor in Leadership at historic Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, where he teaches leadership, strategy, government, and foreign affairs. Prior to his current academic role, he was the CEO of several companies, both publicly held and privately owned, a senior US diplomat, an Army officer, and an author. He has been affiliated with National Review for 25 years, as a contributing editor or a member of the NR Board, where he was the executive chairman for 8 years. He is a decorated combat veteran and served for twelve years in reconnaissance, airborne, and special operations units. Unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2005, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs in the second half of the Bush administration and in that capacity spent much of his time with US and allied troops in war zones from Iraq to Afghanistan to the Southern Philippines.

Rich Lowry brings his sharp analysis and well-formed opinions to the political discussion through his writing and commentary. Lowry became editor of National Review in 1997 when selected by Buckley to lead the magazine. Today, National Review remains a conservative guidepost, helping to bring to prominence rising conservative leaders and advance conservative policies. Lowry is a syndicated columnist and a political commentator. He also writes a weekly column for Politico. Known for his skillful debating style, Lowry is a frequent guest on NBC’s Meet the Press and the TODAY show. He is the author of The Case for Nationalism: How it Made Us Powerful, United and Free and Lincoln Unbound (Broadside Books, November 2019), which follows Abraham Lincoln’s climb to the presidency. Lowry’s book on Bill Clinton was a New York Times bestseller. He serves on the board of counselors at Arizona State University’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership.

Daniel J. Mahoney is a senior writer at Law & Liberty, professor emeritus at Assumption University, and senior fellow at the Real Clear Foundation. For the 2020-2021 academic year, he was the Garwood Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. Among his many books are Bertrand de Jouvenel: The Conservative Liberal and the Illusions of Modernity (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2005), The Other Solzhenitsyn: Telling the Truth about a Misunderstood Writer and Thinker (St. Augustine’s Press, 2014) and The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity (Encounter Books, 2018). His latest book is The Statesman as Thinker: Portraits of Greatness, Courage, and Moderation (Encounter Books, May 2022).

Andrew C. McCarthy is a bestselling author, a contributing editor at National Review, a Fox News contributor, and a senior fellow at National Review Institute. A former Chief Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, he led the terrorism prosecution against the “Blind Sheikh” (Omar Abdel Rahman) and eleven other jihadists for conducting a war of urban terrorism against the United States that included the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a plot to bomb New York City landmarks. He also contributed to the prosecutions of terrorists who bombed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Andy is the co-host, along with NR editor in chief Rich Lowry, of The McCarthy Report, a podcast produced by National Review. Andy provides analysis and commentary on national security, radical Islam, law, politics, and culture. His work regularly appears in National Review, including a weekend column on Saturdays.

John O’Sullivan is the president of the Danube Institute, the editor-at-large of National Review, and an international editor of Australia’s Quadrant. He has served in the past as associate editor of the London Times, editorial and op-ed editor for Canada’s National Post, and special adviser to Margaret Thatcher. He is the author of The President, the Pope and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World (Regnery History, 2008).

Dominic Pino is the Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellow at National Review Institute. He was previously a William F. Buckley Jr. Fellow in Political Journalism and a National Review editorial intern. He holds a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in economics from George Mason University and was an MA Fellow at the Mercatus Center. During college, he was opinion editor of Fourth Estate, Mason’s student paper. He was a 2020 Political Studies Fellow with the Hertog Foundation and has had past internships with ALEC, The Heritage Foundation, and Tax Foundation. Originally from Wisconsin, he currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia.

Jimmy Quinn, National Review‘s national security correspondent, was previously a William F. Buckley Jr. Fellow at National Review Institute. He is a participant in the Council on Foreign Relations’s Young Professionals Briefing Series and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’s Media Fellowship. Politico Playbook, RealClearPolitics, and Taiwan’s top newspapers, in addition to others, have cited his scoops on foreign policy and national security. Jimmy graduated summa cum laude from the Columbia University-Sciences Po Dual BA program.