.- The convergence of the historic roles played by Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan in the collapse of Communism was assessed by former Reagan administration national security advisor Nov. 14. Richard V. Allen gave his talk, titled "Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and The Collapse of Communism: An Historic Confluence," at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center.
Allen explored the impact Pope John Paul II had on the Poles in their struggle for freedom, and in particular the Solidarity Movement, with his 1979 visit.
Prior to becoming national security advisor, Allen served as Reagan's chief foreign policy adviser. He was also a policy coordinator in the Nixon administration. He is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the United States Defense Policy Board, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Heritage Foundation.