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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 Chuck Taylor All Star Ox Stone Wash men's Shoes (Trainers) in Grey, Pon´s Quintana black woven leather sandal women's Sandals in Black,Roberto Festa Ankle Boot - Women Roberto Festa Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11491411JO,Caterpillar Cat Electric 6in Safety Boot - Honey Size 10,42649 Internationalist Utility - Wool Grey, Puma Vikky Platform JR women's Shoes (Trainers) in BlueSkechers Skech Air Infinity Belden Mens Training Shoes - 12 UKSol Sandals - Brown Multi - Standard Fit - 5.5,Puma W Basket Platform VS (366721-02), Reebok Sport Royal Classic Jogger 2 women's Shoes (Trainers) in Green, adidas Originals Gazelle Super Suede Trainers in Red Vintage White B men's Shoes (Trainers) in Red,Reebok Club C - Blauw,Dunlop Ultimate Pro Indoor Court Shoes - 8.5 UK,Hoka One One Clayton 2 (1014777),Twin-Set Simona Barbieri Ankle Boot - Women Twin-Set Simona Barbieri Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11248751HR,Luciano Padovan Ballet Flats - Women Luciano Padovan Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - Muratti AMAIA women's Casual Shoes in Silver,Ras Ankle Boot - Women Ras Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11572587OP, Pepe jeans Clinton Mesh women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Black,Adidas x Pharrell Williams Adizero Ubersonic 3.0 W PW (White / Dark Blue) Reebok Sport Speedlux 20 men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black,Adidas EQT Support RF (White / Black / Scarlet)Pretty Ballerinas Ballet Flats - Women Pretty Ballerinas Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - JB Martin 2SUNSHINE women's Sandals in Black,Anna Baiguera Boots - Women Anna Baiguera Boots online on United Kingdom - 11493093TS,NIKE Buty Do Skateboardingu Dla Dużych Dzieci Nike Zoom Stefan Janoski38923 Paraboot Michael Marche Khaki Grain Scotch Leather Shoes 157731,Castañer Castañer Carina Color Wedge Espadrillas,Vic Matiē Ankle Boot - Women Vic Matiē Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - New Balance WL373 women's Shoes (Trainers) in Nenufar Indoor footwear JADE Light green / Navy blue Unisex Perm men's Slippers in Green 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.

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