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  • American Relief Administration and 192122 Soviet Famine
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    American Relief Administration and 1921-22 Soviet Famine

    Historian Douglas Smith gave an illustrated talk about his book: The Russian Job: The Forgotten Story of How America Saved the Soviet Union from Ruin. In 1921, millions of Soviet citizens faced…

  • Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev New Years Day Messages
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    Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev New Year's Day Messages

    President Ronald Reagan addressed the citizens of the Soviet Union about the nature of the American holiday season, the treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union and the…

  • Anatoly Dobrynin and Cold War Diplomacy
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    Anatoly Dobrynin and Cold War Diplomacy

    Scholars and diplomats discussed the legacy of former Soviet ambassador to the United States Anatoly Dobrynin on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Mr. Dobrynin served in Washington from…

  • emThe Spy in Moscow Stationem
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    The Spy in Moscow Station

    Former National Security Agency research director Eric Haseltine recalled the life of NSA engineer Charles Gandy and his mission to uncover a leak in the U.S. embassy in Moscow during the…

  • World War II Soviet Army
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    World War II Soviet Army

    Living history hobbyist Craig Hall portrays a Soviet Cavalry officer and discusses the role of the Soviet Union in World War II. Appearing at the annual Army Heritage Days event in…

  • emNuking the Moonem
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    Nuking the Moon

    Vince Houghton talked about Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board at the 2019 Gaithersburg Book Festival.

  • Barbara Bush Commencement Speech at Wellesley College 1990
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    Wellesley College Commencement

    Mrs. Bush’s invitation to speak created controversy on campus when a group of students petitioned to have the invitation rescinded. Mrs. Gorbachev accompanied Mrs. Bush.

  • emThe Big Show in Bololandem
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    The Big Show in Bololand

    Author Bertrand Patenaude shared the story of a US famine relief mission to Bolshevik Russia in 1921 that saved millions of lives in his book, The Big Show in Bololand: The American Relief Expedition to…

  • Dtente and USSoviet Relations 19691985
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    Détente and U.S.-Soviet Relations, 1969-1985

    Author Stephan Kieninger discussed the thawing of Cold War relations between the United States and the Soviet Union from the late 1960s to the late 1970s, and the role played by key…

  • US and Soviet Relations Under President Reagan
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    U.S. and Soviet Relations Under President Reagan

    George Washington University Professor Chris Tudda taught a class about foreign relations between the United States and the Soviet Union during President Ronald Reagan’s administration. He…

  • Secretary Mattis Meets with Lithuanian Defense Minister
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    Secretary Mattis Meeting with Lithuanian Defense Minister

    Defense Secretary James Mattis met with his Lithuanian counterpart at the Pentagon to discuss mutual interests in the Baltic states and tensions with Russia in the region.

  • U2 CIA Spy Plane Pilot in Soviet Prison
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    U-2 CIA Spy Plane Pilot in Soviet Prison

    Francis Gary Powers, Jr. talked about his father, CIA pilot Gary Powers, and his experiences being held in prison for 22 months after his U-2 spy plane was shot down over the former Soviet Union on May 1,…

  • emThe Road to the Wallem
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    The Road to the Wall

    Narrated by actor James Cagney, this 1962 U.S. Army film presented a critical history of Soviet communism beginning with a 1905 failed revolution up to the construction of the Berlin Wall.…

  • USSoviet Moscow Summit Compilation
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    U.S.-Soviet Moscow Summit Compilation

    President Ronald Reagan met with General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow May 29-June 2, 1988. This compilation includes the arrival of President Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, a…

  • Senator Shaheen on Helsinki Meeting Between Presidents Trump and Putin
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    Senator Shaheen on Helsinki Meeting Between Presidents Trump and Putin

    Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), appearing on CBS' “Face the Nation,” talked about President Trump’s meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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    Open Phones on U.S.-Russia Summit, Part 2

    Telephone lines and social media were open for viewer comments on President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

  • Reagan George HW Bush and Gorbachev
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    Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Gorbachev

    Philip Zelikow (National Security Adviser to President George H.W. Bush) James Graham Wilson (Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State), William Taubman (Author Gorbachev: His Life…

  • John F Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev
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    John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev

    The University of Virginia’s Miller Center convened scholars for a two-day conference looking at the complicated history between U.S. and Russian leaders over the last century. The…

  • European Council President on EU Expulsion of Russian Diplomats
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    European Council President on EU Expulsion of Russian Diplomats

    European Council President Donald Tusk announced that 14 European Union member countries would join the United States and others in the expulsion of Russian diplomats, part of a coordinated…

  • Nixon and Brezhnev
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    Nixon and Brezhnev

    This program focused on what motivated President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev during the period known as Détente. It was part of a conference convened by the University of…

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