The 40th president's optimistic faith—and lucky timing—help explain his enduring appeal.
President-Elect Joe Biden is expected to take a tough line on Russia when he begins his term in January.
The president-elect has previously blamed Putin's regime for the poisoning of Alexey Navalny, vowing to work with allies to hold the Russian leader's government "accountable for its crimes."
The former Soviet leader warned that the coronavirus pandemic has set Washington, D.C. and Beijing on the path to conflict.
The president would be wise to follow the Gipper's lead.
Gorbachev, an advocate for nuclear disarmament, said, "The key to resolving security issues lies not in weapons, but in politics."
Gorbachev signed several pivotal anti-nuclear proliferation agreements with the U.S. during his time as the last leader of the Soviet Union.
Gorbachev was the Soviet leader when the agreement—limiting nuclear capable missiles in Europe—was signed in 1987.
In contrast to some other presidents, Bush understood the difficult nuances of Gorbachev's position.
The Soviet Union's last leader gave a rare interview on the 25th anniversary of its collapse.
"Europe may not be able to cope with another frozen conflict," the ex-president said.
Being Republican has long meant being like Reagan—or at least saying you're like Reagan.
Putin hailed the final leader of the Soviet Union as a great statesman.
"The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some say that it has already begun," said the former leader of the Soviet Union
Gorbachev said more shared challenges face Moscow and the West than divisions.
The former Russian head of state proves to be as ornery as you'd expect at age 82