SPEAKERS & PANELISTS
Murdoch Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Peter M. Robinson is the Murdoch Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits Hoover’s quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover’s video series program, Uncommon Knowledge. Robinson is also the author of three books: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life; It’s My Party: A Republican’s Messy Love Affair with the GOP; and the best- selling business book Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA. Robinson spent six years in the White House, serving from 1982 to 1983 as chief speechwriter to Vice President George Bush and from 1983 to 1988 as special assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan. He wrote the historic Berlin Wall address in which President Reagan called on General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!”
ARCHBISHOP CHRISTOPHE PIERRE
Papal Nuncio to the US
Archbishop Christophe Pierre was born in Rennes, France. He competed his primary education in Antisirabé, Madagascar, and his secondary schooling in Saint-Malo, France and Marrakech, Morocco. After attending the Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Rennes and the Catholic Institute of Paris, he was ordained a priest in April 1970 in Saint-Malo, France, and was later incardinated in the Archdiocese of Rennes. He started his service in the Diplomatic Corps of the Holy See in March 1977. He has since served in New Zealand, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Brazil, Haiti, Uganda, and Mexico. In April 2016, Pope Francis appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to the US.
Author; Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Lee Edwards, distinguished fellow in conservative thought at The Heritage Foundation, is a leading historian of American conservatism and the author or editor of 25 books. Edwards also is adjunct professor of politics at the Catholic University of America and chairman of a foundation that dedicated the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington, DC in 2007. His books include biographies of Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley, Jr. and Edwin Meese III as well as histories of The Heritage Foundation and the American conservative movement. His works have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, French, Hungarian and Swedish.
President and Founder, Danube Institute
John O’Sullivan is currently President and founder of the Danube Institute in Budapest, international editor of Quadrant Magazinein Sydney, Australia, and associate editor of the Hungarian Review. John O’Sullivan is also currently a fellow of the National Review Institute and a co-founder and director of Twenty-First Century Initiatives, a D.C.-based think tank. In 1987-88, he served as a Special Adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street. He also served informally as a speechwriter for the Prime Minister, was the principal author of the 1987 Conservative election manifesto and was one of the small team that assisted Lady Thatcher in the writing of her two volumes of memoirs.
Author; Professor; Executive Director, Center for Vision & Values
Paul Kengor, Ph.D., is a professor of political science at Grove City College and a New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books. He is also the executive director of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College and a fellow with Stanford’s Hoover Institution. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Review, CNN.com, and Christianity Today, among other publications. He is a longtime columnist and senior editor for The American Spectatorand a frequent contributor to both the National Catholic Register and Crisis Magazine.In 2017, Dr. Kengor released what has been described as his “magnum opus,” A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century. Among his other works are God and Ronald Reagan and The Communist.
Craig Shirley is a presidential historian and New York Timesbestselling author, having written four books on President Ronald Reagan, including Reagan’s Revolution, Rendezvous with Destiny, Last Act, and Reagan Rising. He is also the author of Citizen Newt, the only authorized biography of the early career of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. He and his wife, Zorine, have four children, and live in a 1700s-Georgian manor in Dunnsville, Virginia.
Lawyer; Consultant; Founder, Nurture the World
Monika Jablonska is an entrepreneur, lawyer, consultant and business executive with expertise in international business, global philanthropy, social business and entrepreneurship. While helping organize the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20) in 2012, Monika launched Nurture the World, a social business that helps feed poor school children around the globe. It currently has active projects in Brazil, the United States, and the European Union. Monika is also the author of Wind from Heaven: John Paul II - The Poet Who Became Pope.
MIN. PIOTR NAIMSKI
Polish Secretary of State, Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure
Piotr Naimski is a member of the Polish Sejm, Polish Secretary of State and Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1951, Mr. Naimski studied chemistry at the University of Warsaw and later received a Doctor of Natural Sciences from the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Polish Academy of Sciences. After the protests of June 1976, Mr. Naimski participated in organizing help for the repressed workers of Radom and Ursus and was active in the Worker’s Defence Committee, working closely with Antoni Macierewicz. In the early 1980s, he served on the board of the Center for Social Research of Solidarity. Beginning in 1992, he worked at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, where he was the Head of the Office for State Protection. From 1999 to 2001, he was the national security adviser in the office of Prime Minister Buzek. From November 2005 to November 2007, Mr. Naimski was the Deputy Minister of Economy. In 2008, he became an advisor to the Head of the National Security Bureau and a member of the Energy Security Team in the Chancellery of the President. In the 2011 and 2015 parliamentary elections, Mr. Naimski successfully ran for the Sejm as a member of the Law and Justice Party.
Founder and President, The Institute of World Politics
John Lenczowski is founder and president of The Institute of World Politics, an independent graduate school of national security and international affairs in Washington, DC. From 1981 to 1983, Dr. Lenczowski served in the State
Department in the Bureau of European Affairs and as Special Advisor to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. From 1983 to 1987 he was Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council. In that capacity, he served as principal Soviet affairs adviser to President Reagan. He has since been associated with Georgetown University, the University of Maryland, the American Enterprise Institute, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Council for Inter-American Security, and the International Freedom Foundation. He is the author of Soviet Perceptions of US Foreign Policy, The Sources of Soviet Perestroika, Cultural Diplomacy: A Multi-faceted Strategic Asset of Soviet Power, Full Spectrum Diplomacy and Grand Strategy, and numerous other writings on US foreign policy, diplomacy, political warfare, Soviet/Russian affairs, comparative ideologies, intelligence, strategic deception, counterintelligence, and integrated strategy.
Plenipotentiary for International Projects, Polish National Foundation
As the Polish National Foundation’s Plenipotentiary for International Projects, Maciej Swirski coordinates all of the Foundation’s international activities. Mr. Swirski is also the founder and President of the Polish League Against Defamation. He has extensive experience in management and has worked at a number of Polish and foreign companies in the new technologies sector. A historian by education, Swirski is also a Polish political blogger and social activist.
Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at IWP
Dr. Chodakiewicz is the current Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at IWP. Dr. Chodakiewicz writes weekly columns for popular Polish press and contributes to the SELOUS Foundation internet hub. He has also written on foreign policy in various publications, including The Journal of World Affairs, The American Spectator, and National Review Online. In addition to his popular and scholarly articles, Dr. Chodakiewicz has authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited over fifteen scholarly monographs and documentary collections. His latest include Intermarium: The Land Between the Black and Baltic Seas (2012), a depiction of the Eastern Borderlands of the West on the rim of the former Soviet Union, and On the Right and Left (2013), a textbook on the intellectual history of modern ideologies. Additionally, he co-edited a selection of Ronald Reagan’s speeches published in Polish as My Vision of America.
MSGR. SLAWOMIR ODER
Postulator, St. John Paul II
Msgr. Slawomir Oder, priest of the Polish Diocese of Torun, was born in Chelmza, Poland in 1960. After graduating with a degree in economics and international business from the University of Gdansk, he entered a period of philosophical and theological formation in Poland and Italy and was ordained a priest in May 1989. He also holds a doctorate in utroque iure from the Lateran University. Since 1985, he has lived in Rome, working in the diocesan structures at the Vicariate of Rome and keeping pastoral service as the Rector of the Church of Santa Maria Immacolata and San Giuseppe Benedetto Labre in Rome. From 2001 to 2013, he was the Judicial Vicar of the Court of Appeal of the Vicariate of Rome. In May 2005, he was appointed Postulator in the process of beatification and canonization of Saint John Paul II.
Arturo Mari served as papal photographer for L’Osservatore Romanofor five decades, taking millions of pictures of six popes over his career: Popes Pius XII, John XXIII Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Mari began his friendship with Pope John Paul II at the Second Vatican Council and served as the Pontiff’s photographer for 27 years, accompanying him daily, including on over five trips around the world. He published his memoirs describing his time with the Holy Father, See You in Paradise, in 2007. Beginning his career as Vatican photographer during the pontificate of Pope Pius XII when he was 16, Mari retired in 2007.
EDWIN MEESE III
Distinguished Fellow Emeritus, The Heritage Foundation
Edwin Meese, born in Oakland, CA, began his relationship with Ronald Reagan in the Golden State. During Reagan’s tenure as CA governor, Meese served as his legal affairs secretary, executive assistant and chief of staff. After Reagan’s White House transition team in 1980, Meese held the position of counselor to the president and functioned as Reagan’s chief policy adviser. During President Reagan’s second term, Meese was served as the U.S. Attorney General. As such, he directed the Justice Department and led international efforts to combat terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime. In 1988, Meese joined The Heritage Foundation as the think tank’s first Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow. His work focused on keeping President Reagan’s legacy of conservative principles alive in public debate and discourse. Meese was chairman of Heritage’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies from its founding in 2001 until his “semi-retirement” in 2013. The conservative leader, thinker and elder statesman is currently Heritage’s Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus.
Washington Director, The Ronald Reagan Institute
Roger Zakheim is the Washington Director of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. Prior to his appointment there, Mr. Zakheim practiced law at Covington & Burling LLP in the firm’s Public Policy and Government Affairs practice group, where he served as co-chair. Before that, he served as General Counsel and Deputy Staff Director of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. Mr. Zakheim is currently a Congressionally appointed Commissioner on the Commission on the National Defense Strategy of the United States. Previously, Mr. Zakheim served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, where he managed the department’s policies and programs related to the Iraq and Afghanistan coalition affairs. Mr. Zakheim frequently speaks and writes on national security and defense issues, and his views have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Politico, among other media outlets.
Author; Senior Resident Scholar, Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley
Steven F. Hayward is currently the senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley and a visiting lecturer at Berkeley Law. Previously, he was the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Public Policy and the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow in Law and Economics at AEI. He has also been a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco since 1991. Hayward is the author of six books including a two-volume chronicle of Reagan and his times entitled The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, 1964-1980 and The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counter-Revolution,1980-1989. His most recent book is Patriotism is Not Enough: Harry Jaffa, Walter Berns, and the Arguments That Redefined American Conservatism. He writes daily on Powerlineblog.com.
THE HON. PAULA DOBRIANSKY
Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard University
During her 25-plus years in national security affairs, the Hon. Paula J. Dobriansky has held many Senate-confirmed and senior level positions in the US Government, including Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Deputy Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), and Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council in the Reagan White House. She is currently a Senior Fellow in the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. From 2010 - 2012, Dobriansky was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters.
PRES. VÁCLAV KLAUS
Former President, Czech Republic
An academic economist by training, Václav Klaus was forced out of the Academy of Sciences after the Soviet invasion of what was then Czechoslovakia in 1968, after the Prague Spring era. He returned back after the so-called ‘Velvet Revolution’ of 1989, as one of the founders of the Civic Forum Movement. He was the country’s first non-Communist Finance Minister and served from 1992 to 1997 as Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. From 2003 to 2013, he was the country’s President and now runs a free market think tank in Prague, called Václav Klaus Institute. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Chief Operating Officer, Hudson Institute
John P. Walters is Chief Operating Officer of Hudson Institute and Director of Hudson Institute Political Studies. From December 2001 to January 2009, Walters was director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and a cabinet member during the Bush Administration. As the nation’s “Drug Czar,” Mr. Walters guided all aspects of federal drug policy and programs and helped build critical programs to counter narcoterrorism in Colombia, Mexico, and Afghanistan. From 1996 until 2001, Mr. Walters served as President of the Philanthropy Roundtable, a national association of charitable foundations and individual donors. Walters was Assistant to the Secretary and Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Education during the Reagan Administration. He also served in the Division of Education Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Executive Vice President. The Heritage Foundation
Kim R. Holmes is the executive vice president of The Heritage Foundation. From 1991 through 2012, Holmes was The Heritage Foundation’s vice president for foreign and defense policy studies and the director of the Davis Institute for International Studies. From 2001 to 2004, Holmes also served as assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs. Previous appointments include the Defense Policy Board; the Board of Directors of the Center for International Private Enterprise; and the US delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He was a founding editor of the annual Index of Economic Freedom, now a signature Heritage publication. Holmes is also the author of The Closing of the Liberal Mind, Rebound: Getting America Back to Great, and Liberty’s Best Hope: American Leadership for the 21st Century.
MIN. ANNA MARIA ANDERS
Polish Senator; Polish Secretary of State
Anna Maria Anders is a Polish Senator and a Minister in the Polish government. She is the Secretary of State in the government of Poland’s Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, where she is Plenipotentiary for International Dialogue. In March 2016, she was elected to Poland’s Senate, representing Poland’s eastern flank. She
also represents Poland in the Women in Parliaments Global Forum, a global network of female parliamentarians that supports greater participation of women in politics. Minister Anders is the daughter of General Wladyslaw Anders, the legendary World War II Commander of the Polish Forces at the Battle of Monte Cassino, and well- known singer and actress Irena Renata Anders. She was born in London, England. In 1986, Anna Maria Anders married United States Army Colonel Robert Alexander Costa. Their son is an officer in the U.S. Army.
AMB. CALLISTA GINGRICH
U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See
Callista L. Gingrich is the United States Ambassador to the Holy See. Ambassador Gingrich is a New York Times bestselling author and former President and CEO of Gingrich Productions, a multimedia production and consulting company. She is the author of the Ellis the Elephant American history series for children and co- author of Rediscovering God in America. Mrs. Gingrich is also the producer of several historical documentary films including Nine Days that Changed the World and Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny. Previously, Mrs. Gingrich served as a congressional aide in the US House of Representatives and as the President of The Gingrich Foundation. She is married to former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.