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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. Neosens MONTUA women's Sandals in Black, Paris Hilton TYRA PONY women's Court Shoes in Brown,Love Moschino Ballet Flats - Women Love Moschino Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11326708RS,NIKE Buty Dla Dużych Dzieci Nike Air Force 1,Vic Ankle Boot - Women Vic Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11557707JHConverse Womens All Star Ox Leather MonoConni Boots - Women Conni Boots online on United Kingdom - adidas VS Star men's Shoes (Trainers) in White,Adidas Alphabounce Beyond W (AC8634),Paolo Simonini Ballet Flats - Women Paolo Simonini Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11377836GINike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 (880555-016),Ebarrito Ballet Flats - Women Ebarrito Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11552009FB,Chiara Ferragni Sneakers Shoes Women Chiara Ferragni,Agl Attilio Giusti Leombruni Ballet Flats - Women Agl Attilio Giusti Leombruni Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11470147FF, Pedro Miralles Weekend 9340 women's Low Ankle Boots in Brown, Art I MEET 146F women's Sandals in Blue,Reebok Pump Supreme Ultraknit Mono Pack (Black), Gino Rossi Sandals DNH337 Black Woman Spring/Summer Collection 2018 women's Sandals in Black,Rupert Sanderson Women's Preciosa Velvet Platform Heeled Sandals - Mulberry - UK 3 - RedGabor Amulet Wide Fit Nubuck Sneakers Colour: Nightblue Suede, Size: 5,Diesel Mens Black / White Canvas Exposure Low TrainersSee By Chloé Ankle Boot - Women See By Chloé Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11511272SN,People Footwear Trainers - People Footwear The Cypress Shoes - Camo/Really Black,Wiggle Online Cycle Shop Giro Cylinder Women's Off Road Shoe Offroad Shoes,41033 Asics Gel-Mai Blue Shoe H703N 4590, Ara NEWPORT women's Loafers / Casual Shoes in Blue,Head Grid 3.0 Indoor Court Shoes - White/Blue, 11 Calzados Vesga 10328 Women's Ankle Boots women's Low Ankle Boots in Brown, J.bradford Sandal Beige Leather JB-MARIA women's Sandals in Beige, Palladium Womens Black Pallabrouse HIKR LP Boots women's Mid Boots in Black,Ankle-high sneakers Paul Green beige, 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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