Carlos Barria / REUTERS Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, July 2017. Caterpillar Scorch White men's Shoes (Trainers) in White Scorch d4fc97

The Real Opportunity Behind the Media Spectacle

By Michael Kimmage Caterpillar Scorch White men's Shoes (Trainers) in White Scorch d4fc97

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.

Adidas Originals Sneakers Shoes Men Adidas Originals,

Castañer Boots - Women Castañer Boots online on United Kingdom - 11482248PF,Vic Matiē Ballet Flats - Women Vic Matiē Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11118151EN,Tua By Braccialini Ankle Boot - Women Tua By Braccialini Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11448771OQ, New Balance U420 women's Shoes (Trainers) in WhiteWilson Recon Indoor Court Shoes - 4 UK,Gabor Frith Womens Casual Shoes Colour: Black/Patent, Size: 6,Van Dal Libby II Sandals Wide E Fit,M&P Maypol Ballet Flats - Women M&P Maypol Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11531603MV,Strategia Ankle Boot - Women Strategia Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - Lola Espeleta PENSEE women's Sandals in Silver,Diadora N9000 Shoes - (Double Pack) Foliage Green/Paloma Grey Colour:Austell Deck Shoes In BrownStrategia Ankle Boot - Women Strategia Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11531611JNHogan Interactive Reptile Print Suede Sneakers,Gabor Lesley Womens Casual Shoes Colour: Black, Size: 4,The Last Conspiracy Ankle Boot - Women The Last Conspiracy Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11519632EQ, Caterpillar LINE UP CANVAS men's Shoes (Trainers) in Brown, Rondinaud BLANDIN-BLANC women's Sandals in White,Unique Ankle Boot - Women Unique Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11538886KU,Giuseppe Zanotti Boots - Women Giuseppe Zanotti Boots online on United Kingdom - 11414220RW,Bass Weejuns Men's Larson Moc Leather Penny Loafers - Black - UK 8 - Black,Ecco Bella, Women's Derby, Gold (Warm Grey), 6 UK (39 EU), J.bradford Men Shoes JB-DALMAS Black men's Smart / Formal Shoes in Black, Fred Perry UNDERSPIN NYLON women's Shoes (Trainers) in Black,Stuart Weitzman Simple Nappa Sandals,Loafers Peter Hahn exquisit Neosens AURORA women's Sandals in Black, Interbios SNAKE INTERIOR SANDALS 5323 women's Sandals in multicolour, Sitgetana 29427 women's Sandals in Gold,Antonio Marras Ballet Flats - Women Antonio Marras Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11449305XX 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.

Emanuela Passeri Ballet Flats - Women Emanuela Passeri Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11331709BJReebok DMX Run 10 (V44398)Converse Chuck Taylor All Star '70 Hi-Top Trainers - Parchment - UK 11 - White, Paris Hilton TYRA PONY women's Court Shoes in Roberto Cavalli 4272 men's Shoes (Trainers) in White, Peter Blade Derby Blue Leather RISC men's Casual Shoes in BlueAlexander Smith London Alexander Smith Black/green,Vince Camuto Ankle Boot - Women Vince Camuto Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11480024JJ,Nike Free RN 2017 W (880840-001),33086 Loake Brighton Black Shoe 2210, Skechers ON THE GO 600 VENTURE men's Sandals in Brown,Under Armour Womens Threadborne Blur, Salomon X ULTRA 3 PRIME women's Walking Boots in Blue, Neosens BEBA women's Court Shoes in Black,Todai Ankle Boot - Women Todai Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11480627NH,Dibrera By Paolo Zanoli Boots - Women Dibrera By Paolo Zanoli Boots online on United Kingdom - 11447326OU,Gabor Georgie Womens Ankle Boots Colour: Red, Size: 6.5Red Wing Shoes Mens Oro-iginal Work Chukka New Balance Heathered Trainer women's Running Trainers in Black,Hogan Silver Interactive Reptile Print SneakersGallon Square Toe Flatform Loafer Shoe,Springa Ankle Boot - Women Springa Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11456762ES,Tosca Blu Shoes Ballet Flats - Women Tosca Blu Shoes Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11557490WKAdidas Alphabounce EM M (White),Head Grid 3.0 Indoor Court Shoes - Black/White, 11.5 UK, Crocs Lina Embellished Dorsay Oysterchampagne women's Sandals in White,Nike Af1 Blue Suede SneakersGiuseppe Zanotti Luce Sequined Ankle Boots,Saint Laurent Ankle Boot - Women Saint Laurent Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11500176CRHogan Ballet Flats - Women Hogan Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11243247QX,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.

Loading, please wait...

Stay informed.

Get the latest news delivered weekly right to your inbox. Caterpillar Scorch White men's Shoes (Trainers) in White Scorch d4fc97

This site uses cookies to improve your user experience. Click here to learn more.