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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. Converse bajas women's Shoes (Trainers) in White, Mbt KANONI W women's Loafers / Casual Shoes in Black,Nike Air Presto - PurperScarpa Men's Cyrus GORE-TEX Walking Shoe - Brown, Brown,Rieker LONESTAR REIKER MENS BOOT Size: 47, Colour: Schutz KAPOLAI women's Low Ankle Boots in BlackBonanza (Global) PP436 Cute spell color pointy pump, high heels,US Size 5-9, black/gold,Bonanza (Global) PB163 Cute Butterfly Matin booties, nubuck leather, size 5-8.5, black, Myma RAPHIA women's Sandals in BlackScott Trail Boa Ladies Cycling Shoes (2018) Colour: Black, Size: 38.0, Rockport FRINGE women's Sandals in Black,Nike Wmns Air Max 90 SE - Blauw, Chie Mihara CRUSH women's Sandals in Black,R.M. Williams Comfort Turnout Boots, Chestnut Regular G Fit, Carvela ANNABELLE women's Court Shoes in Black,Gul Tall Yachting Deck Boot Navy/Charcoal GM0164 - Size 6DC Shoes DC Player SE Skate Shoes - Burgundy/Tan,Argilla Court - Women Argilla Courts online on United Kingdom - 11487809PC,Coral Blue Embellished Velvet Studded Clog,C'est Moi Court - Women C'est Moi Courts online on United Kingdom - 11467553OW,FC60 - Compositelite Operis Boot - Black/Blue - EU 39,Burton Shoes - Dark Brown - Standard Fit - 7.5, So Size GANGAI women's Shoes (Pumps / Ballerinas) in Grey, Jeffery-West CHELSEA men's Mid Boots in Brown,Puma Court Platform x Daily Paper - WitBonanza (Global) Black Crystal Wedding Shoes High Heels red bottom Black Rhinestone Bridal Shoes,MAVIC Ksyrium Elite Women`s Road Shoes, black-white Women`s Road Shoes, size,Le Silla Boots - Women Le Silla Boots online on United Kingdom - Hunter Original Womens Short Red Rubber Wellington Boots women's Wellington Boots in Yurban HADIL women's Shoes (Trainers) in Pink,Converse All Star Low WHITE CANVAS, 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. Philippe Model Paris Paris hunter green suede sneaker women's Shoes (Trainers) in Green, Vans AUTHENTIC women's Shoes (Trainers) in Blackstone NL33 women's Shoes (Trainers) in Pink, Calzamedi toilets women's Loafers / Casual Shoes in Black, No Name SPLEEN STRAPS women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Beige, Puma Blaze Cage Knit Wn's women's Shoes (Trainers) in Pink, Muratti BONNATOL women's Low Ankle Boots in Steve Madden Pacers in black and grey leopard velvet women's Low Boots in Grey, Lloyd GAWIN men's Casual Shoes in Black, adidas SUPERSTAR men's Shoes (Trainers) in White, Spiral CARLA women's Sandals in Orange, Hudson HADSTONE men's Casual Shoes in Brown, New Balance FUEL women's Running Trainers in Grey, Barbour Mens Camel Monty Suede Slippers men's Slippers in Brown, Castaner QUINTAY women's Court Shoes in Brown, BOSS Casual 50266292 women's Mid Boots in Black, Menbur PERIANA women's Low Boots in Grey, Pataugas BILLY women's High Boots in Under Armour UA W Speedform Slingride TRI women's Running Trainers in Grey, Dkode VAYLE women's Low Ankle Boots in Blue, Spylovebuy Freya women's Mid Boots in Karine Arabian COMETE women's Court Shoes in Red, PLDM by Palladium BOROVA SUD women's Shoes (Trainers) in Brown, Martinelli PRINCE men's Smart / Formal Shoes in Coolway PLUTON women's Shoes (Trainers) in LPB Shoes ANYA women's Court Shoes in Brown, Supra ELLINGTON STRAP men's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Shoe Biz PIRO women's Casual Shoes in White, Betty London NORMANDIA women's Mid Boots in Blue, Hush puppies BATLEY DALILA women's Loafers / Casual Shoes 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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