60th Anniversary of V-E Day: President Bush's Visit to Russia, the Baltics, and the Caucasus
Recorded on May 6, 2005
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
60 years ago, the Allies - the United States, Great Britain and
the Soviet Union, assisted by France and China - ended Nazi
Germany's push for world domination. While they defeated the Axis
powers, their cooperation was short lived. Joseph Stalin's
repressive policies plunged the globe into a Cold War that would
last for decades. Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 and
the end of communism, the United States and Russia have begun to
revive their cooperation, succeeding in some areas, while falling
short in others.
On the 60th Anniversary of V-E Day (Victory in Europe - May 8,
1945), President Bush travels to Moscow to advance a new bilateral
agenda for the new century amid a continuing war on terror as well
as concerns about U.S.-Russian relations and Russian internal
developments and foreign policy initiatives. Whether or not
Presidents Bush and Putin can succeed in restoring cooperation
remains to be seen. Additionally, President Bush travels to Riga,
Latvia, and to Tbilisi, Georgia, to meet with leaders and
articulate U.S. policies toward the Baltics and the Caucasus.
Please join us as our distinguished panel explores the implications
of these endeavors for American foreign policy.