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Ronald Reagan and John Paul II: The Partnership that Changed the World

Wed, Sep 26, 2018, 9:00am - 5:00pm


You are cordially invited to an international conference on
Ronald Reagan and John Paul II: The Partnership that Changed the World
sponsored by
The Institute of World Politics, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, The Ronald Reagan Institute, the Polish National Foundation, The Heritage Foundation, Hudson Institute, and The White House Writers Group

Wednesday, September 26th
 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
LOCATION: In the Amphitheater
*Seating is limited. Admission is free.*


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About the Conference: The conference will celebrate and evaluate the partnership between President Reagan and Pope John Paul II – drawing out lessons for our time. This is the first major conference to intimately examine these two remarkable men and how together they altered the course of history. A continental breakfast will be served from 7:30-9:00 AM and a buffet lunch at noon.
The featured speakers include men and women who worked closely with the Pope or the President. They are leaders from the countries the two men helped liberate, and notable historians of the era. They include the following: 
  • Edwin Meese – Counselor to President Reagan 1981-1985; attorney general of the United States 1985-1989.  
  • Vaclav Klaus – First finance minister of post-communist Czechoslovakia; second president of the Czech Republic.
  • Piotr Naimski – Leading Polish dissident of the 1970s and 1980s; now Polish MP and cabinet minister for energy strategy.
  • Peter Robinson – Reagan speechwriter; wrote “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall” speech; author of How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life.
  • John O’Sullivan – Special assistant and speechwriter for British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; author of The President, the Pope and the Prime Minister.
  • Anna Maria Anders – Polish senator and cabinet minister for international dialogue.
  • Paula Dobriansky – Reagan National Security Council; Harvard Kennedy School.
  • John Lenczowski – Reagan National Security Council; Founder and President of the Institute of World Politics. 
  • Lee Edwards – Founder and chairman, Victims of Communism Foundation; author of The Essential Ronald Reagan.
  • Paul Kengor – Author of A Pope and A President.
  • Steven Hayward – Author of The Age of Reagan.
  • Ambassador Callista Gingrich – U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.
  • Archbishop Christophe Pierre – Papal Nuncio to the United States.
  • Craig Shirley – Historian; author of numerous volumes on Ronald Reagan including The Decisive Years, 1976-1980,.
  • Msgr. Slawomir Oder – Official Vatican postulator for canonization of John Paul II.