In celebration of the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany and on the eve of the anniversary of the meeting of Soviet and American troops on the Elbe, the Carnegie Moscow Center organized a conference to discuss the experience of Russian-American alliance during the Second World War, as well as the experience of cooperation after the end of the Cold War.

Given the current tensions in Russian-American relations, there is much to be gained by examining the historical benefits of Russian-U.S. cooperation and engagement.

Vladimir Lukin, Russian ambassador to the United States from 1992 to 1994, and John Tefft, current U.S. ambassador to Russia, presented the welcoming speech. Speakers highlighted the benevolent nature of personal relations between Russian and U.S. military personnel as well as between state leaders during the Second World War, often drawing on the personal experiences of close relatives as evidence. They stressed the need for such good will to return to official Russian-U.S. relations for the national security of both countries as well as for international security. The conference was attended by former, high-ranking representatives of Russian and American foreign policy and security agencies.