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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. El Naturalista EL VIAJERO FLIDSU women's Mid Boots in Red, New Balance WR996 women's Shoes (Trainers) in Silver, Bruno Premi I4902P women's Low Ankle Boots in Brown, Carmen Steffens 9112399001 women's High Boots in BlackFederica Stella Boots - Women Federica Stella Boots online on United Kingdom - 11513081IN,Sergio Rossi Ankle Boot - Women Sergio Rossi Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11455573AI,Pretty Ballerinas Ballet Flats - Women Pretty Ballerinas Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11441190EM, Asics Gellyte 33 2 men's Shoes (Trainers) in Orange, Asics Aaron men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black,Sam Edelman Ankle Boot - Women Sam Edelman Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11470974PMSkechers Expected - Tomen (64928 NVY)Gabor Alvin Womens Casual Shoes Colour: Black Suede, Size: 8,New Balance 247 BLACK MONO SPORTNational Standard White & Blu Leather Sneakers,Reebok Club C 85 Shine (CM8686) Lodi Linet women's Court Shoes in Birkenstock ARRAN women's Casual Shoes in Pink,TrekSta Men's Trail Sync II Gtx Running Shoes, Blue, Size UK 10,Trezeta Fitz Roy 1.0 Ws, Superga 2730 SATIN W women's Shoes (Trainers) in Pink,41120 Casbia Vetta Reversed Buffalo Green Shoes 750-4, See by Chloé SB30112 women's Sandals in Black, Tamaris Derby women's Shoes (Trainers) in Pink, Puma SUEDE CLASSIC TONAL women's Shoes (Trainers) in PinkSkechers Sport Burst Very Daring Ladies Athletic Shoes - Silver, 4.5 UK,NIKE Buty Dla Dużych Dzieci Nike Air Force 1 LV8 NBA,Federica Stella Ballet Flats - Women Federica Stella Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11572134GI, adidas ZX Flux women's Shoes (Trainers) in WhiteThe Seller Ankle Boot - Women The Seller Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11504308PM, Chie Mihara MEND women's Low Ankle Boots in Black,Salvatore Ferragamo Heeled Sandals Shoes Women Salvatore Ferragamo, 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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