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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.