How America Can Help Baltic Independence

Publication Date: March 1990

Publisher: Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Douglas Seay

Research Area: International relations

Keywords: Russia and Eurasia

Type: Report


With their emphasis on a non-violent and negotiated approach to indepencence, the Baltic republics could serve as an important precedent for addressing the problem of the Soviet nationalities. By supporting their peaceful struggle for independence, the United States can help to push the process of Soviet decolonization along a peaceful and orderly path. What is at stake is the future of the Baltic republics, the hopes of the other Soviet peoples striving for freedom, and the possibility that the Soviet Union can shed its repressive past and emerge as a responsible and trustworthy member of the community of nations.