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MICHAEL KIMMAGE is Professor of History at the Catholic University of America and the author of The Decline of the West: An American Story. From 2014 to 2016, he served on the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State, where he held the Russia/Ukraine portfolio. New Balance U420 men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black, LEAD women's Mid Boots in Grey, Bensimon RUNNING men's Shoes (Trainers) in Blue, Irregular Choice FLAMING JUNE women's Sandals in Pink,Nike Skate Boarding Stefan Janoski Max - Grijs,Jordan Air 13 Retro Low - Wit,Shirley - 5.5cm Heel - Nappa Black - UK 4.5Mtng Boots - Women Mtng Boots online on United Kingdom - 11544629DW,Classic Oxford Shoe - Black, Pataugas KAY women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Black, Etro 3443 women's Sandals in BrownRelax Slippers Dulcie luxury slippers in pewter Size: 9, Colour: PEWTE, Equitare JONES29 women's Espadrilles / Casual Shoes in Blue, Dr Martens TORRINGTON men's Mid Boots in Blue,Aniye By Court - Women Aniye By Courts online on United Kingdom - 11261703JK,Charles Tyrwhitt Brown Goodyear Welted Oxford Brogue Shoe Size 10 R by Charles Tyrwhitt,Nueva Epoca - Angeles - UK Kawasaki CAMOUFLAGE men's Shoes (Trainers) in Green, Versace Jeans TIRET women's Shoes (Trainers) in Black, Converse canvas shoes high men's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Grey,Bonanza (Global) Handmade Men spectator shoes, Men red white shoes Men wingtip brogue dress shoes,Hamlet Shoes - Black - Standard Fit - 4,Adidas Tubular Runner - Dorking DESEO women's Shoes (Pumps / Ballerinas) in Betty London FUSKIBE women's Mid Boots in Sendra boots JOHNNY men's High Boots in Brown, Dream in Green SALMAN women's Mid Boots in Brown,Romeo Gigli Boots - Women Romeo Gigli Boots online on United Kingdom - 11501628HOSpaziomoda Boots - Women Spaziomoda Boots online on United Kingdom - 11448604AS,Vans OTW Collection Bedford - Blauw,Hamlet Shoes - Tan - Extra Wide Fit - 4, Historic U.S.-Russian meetings tend to occur outside of Washington and Moscow. Franklin Delano Roosevelt first encountered Joseph Stalin in Tehran. At the end of World War II, they met again at Yalta, a name that would thereafter signify Soviet domination of Eastern Europe. Harry Truman’s one and only meeting with Stalin was in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin. John F. Kennedy had a shaky meeting with Nikita Khrushchev in Geneva, while Ronald Reagan had a memorable collision with Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet for a frenetically anticipated summit on July 16 in Helsinki. Their encounter—coming amid cascading revelations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, unnerving questions about Trump’s admiration for his Russian counterpart, and U.S.-Russian tensions around the globe—is certain to be a media spectacle. But as its location subtly implies, the real importance of the meeting may have little to do with the theatrics at the top. Unglamorous, largely unnoticed diplomatic processes could prove more consequential. In Helsinki in 1975, the United States, the Soviet Union, and various European powers devised a security architecture for Europe that was controversial at the time but ultimately crucial to the Cold War’s peaceful end. Without the Helsinki Accords, which fostered agreement on Europe’s borders and enshrined a nominal commitment to human rights in the Eastern bloc, the revolutions of 1989 may never have come and almost certainly would not have been as peaceful as they were. Fericelli GRESSY women's Sandals in White, Art HEATHROW women's High Boots in Black, Alberto Gozzi ITALIA women's Flip flops / Sandals (Shoes) in Multicolour, Calzamedi comfortable walking boots women's Low Ankle Boots in Black, Hogan H222 sequins and green suede snaker women's Shoes (Trainers) in Green, Hunter ORIGINAL REFINED SHORT women's Wellington Boots in Black, Rondinaud COLAGNE women's Sandals in Beige, Gabor DINSE women's Casual Shoes in Silver, Casual Attitude GIPIJE men's Casual Shoes in Blue, Salamander LEGATO men's Casual Shoes in Beige, Metamorf'Ose TAIBLIF women's Sandals in Beige, Supra SKYTOP men's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Black, Regard SOFAXO women's Mid Boots in Minnetonka MOROCCO women's Sandals in Black, Dr Martens TORRIANO women's Casual Shoes in Converse CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR CRINKLED PATENT LEATHER HI MIDNIGHT NAVY/M women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Blue, Nike AIR MAX 1 ULTRA 2.0 W women's Shoes (Trainers) in Supra NOIZ women's Shoes (Trainers) in Alpe 3110 11 women's High Boots in Black, Puma Basket Platform Bi Color women's Shoes (Trainers) in Black, Converse CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR DAINTY OX women's Shoes (Trainers) in White, British Knights DEMON women's Shoes (Trainers) in Black, French Connection MORISS women's Low Ankle Boots in Black, Victoria DEPORTIVO BASKET PIEL women's Shoes (Trainers) in White, adidas TUBULAR RUNNER men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black, Geox D NEW LISE women's Casual Shoes in Brown, Marc by Marc Jacobs 626243 women's Mid Boots in Brown, Art NEW YORK HI women's High Boots in Brown, Victoria DEPORTIVO BASKET PIEL women's Shoes (Trainers) in White, Volcom DRAW LO SHOES men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black,The lessons of that previous U.S.-Russian encounter in Helsinki are worth remembering now. The agreement that resulted involved years of drab, painstaking diplomacy. It required agonizing compromise on both sides. It rested on work rather than optics. Under the shadow of low expectations, a difficult process preceded final success. The summit’s real importance, in other words, had little to do with momentary media spectacle. The same could be true of next week’s Trump-Putin meeting.

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