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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 STAR PLAYER men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black, Bunker IBIZA women's Espadrilles / Casual Shoes in Gold,Rugby Factory Shop Canterbury Stampede Club 8 Stud Boots Black/True Red 2015, Paul Joe PAQUERETTE women's Sandals in Black,Bonanza (Global) ps366 Awesome 18 cm heel platform sandals square heels, US Size 4-9 House of Harlow 1960 CELINEY women's Sandals in Orange,Office Addison-casual Chelsea Boot TAN Fericelli ELIS women's Low Ankle Boots in Blue,BatzShop Batz ATTILA - black - EU 44 (UK 9½ - 10), TUK CREEPERS SNEAKERS women's Shoes (Trainers) in Geox SNAKE A women's Shoes (Trainers) in Jonak AMICO women's Casual Shoes in Black, Clarks MELANIE SU GTX women's Low Boots in Black,Meindl 'DURBAN MID GTX' Nubuck Leather - 7 in blue/grey,Vic Matiē Boots - Women Vic Matiē Boots online on United Kingdom - 11457518QU,DeWalt Cutter Lightweight Safety Work Trainers Black Size 10, Minnetonka MOROCCO women's Sandals in Black, House of Harlow 1960 LILIAS women's Mules / Casual Shoes in Black,Amblers Steel Safety Boot Black / 11, Betty London FLOJE women's Casual Shoes in Red,Meindl 'BURMA PRO MFS GTX' Brown Leather - 8.5,Mens Garrick Sheepskin Slippers Granite UK Size 7/8,Why By Alberto Venturini Boots - Women Why By Alberto Venturini Boots online on United Kingdom - 11555890XN,Mens Kilburn Sheepskin Slippers Chestnut UK Size 8Bruschi Court - Women Bruschi Courts online on United Kingdom - 11483238EK, Buffalo NOBUKO women's Court Shoes in Pink,Karina Burgundy Crushed Velvet Thigh High Boots, CallagHan GRASO SUN EXTRALIGHT M 81311 men's Loafers / Casual Shoes in BrownLeather Formal Brogues Extra Wide Fit,Meindl 'BORNEO 2 MFS' Brown Leather - Betty London GRADA women's Sandals in Brown 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. Fidji ERTUNI women's High Boots in Black, Sperry Top-Sider BAHAMA FISH CIRCLE women's Boat Shoes in New Balance WRL420 women's Shoes (Trainers) in Pink, Neosens CORTESE women's Sandals in Beige, Calzamedi comfortable removable insole men's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Black, Lottusse VOUKIL women's High Boots in Supra STACKS VULC II men's Shoes (Trainers) in Yurban ETOUNATE women's Shoes (Trainers) in White, Gabor Delaware Womens Modern Ankle Boots women's Low Ankle Boots in Black, Betty London HATOUMA women's Court Shoes in Black, Regard RODAC women's Casual Shoes in S.Oliver - women's Shoes (Trainers) in Blue, Shoe Biz PIPOCA women's Low Ankle Boots in Black, Pataugas KAY women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Red, Nike LD RUNNER LW INDIG women's Shoes (Trainers) in Dtorres shoes for diabetic feet and widths women's Loafers / Casual Shoes in Grey, Miista ADALYN women's Shoes (Trainers) in Blue, L'autre Chose bordeaux patent leather décolléte women's Court Shoes in Red, Mephisto FABIENNE women's Shoes (Pumps / Ballerinas) in Blue, Airstep / A.S.98 SAINT EC FLOWER women's Mid Boots in Moschino Cheap CHIC BUCKLE women's High Boots in Black, Samoa BATIP women's Sandals in Brown, Supra SKYTOP women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Brown, Wildflower DAFNE women's Low Ankle Boots in Rieker Melgar Womens Casual Shoes women's Loafers / Casual Shoes in Black, Birkenstock BOSTON men's Clogs (Shoes) in Casual Attitude TUREN men's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Brown, Les Tropéziennes par M Belarbi MAGGIC women's Mid Boots in Paul Joe Sister MAELYS women's Casual Shoes in Grey, Tom Tailor MINIMOU men's Mid Boots in Brown,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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