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. Reebok Sport Pulse in women's Shoes (Trainers) in Pulse Black 7bfbc2

The Real Opportunity Behind the Media Spectacle

By Michael Kimmage Reebok Sport Pulse in women's Shoes (Trainers) in Pulse Black 7bfbc2

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 GOKO men's Shoes (Trainers) in Red, Nike Hypervenomx Phade Iii TF men's Shoes (Trainers) in multicolour, Frank Wright WALKER men's Mid Boots in Black,Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Essential (857910-006),Hanwag Anisak GTX Lightweight Trekking Boot - 7,Elena Iachi Boots - Women Elena Iachi Boots online on United Kingdom - 11284174TS,Liu •Jo Shoes Ballet Flats - Women Liu •Jo Shoes Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - Keds TRIPLE HULA FOXING women's Shoes (Trainers) in Beige,Replay Ankle Boot - Women Replay Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11493779JX,See By Chloé Ankle Boot - Women See By Chloé Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11546005DPNike Dualtone Racer SE (940418-101),Berghaus Women's Explorer Active M Gore-Tex Walking Boots High Rise Hiking (Dark Brown Dc2), 4.5 UK 37.5 EU, Menorquinas Popa GOA women's Sandals in Green,Adidas Originals Mens PW Tennis HU,Cafènoir Boots - Women Cafènoir Boots online on United Kingdom - 11561853HM, Dansi 7126 women's Sandals in Silver,What For Ankle Boot - Women What For Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11540336AE, Geox D NEW MOENA women's Shoes (Trainers) in Black,Reebok Workout Plus (Black / Gum),Jack Wolfskin Men's Vojo Hike Texapore Mid Walking Boots - Burly Yellow - UK 10 - Grey,Vault Shoes - Black - Standard Fit - 7.5, Windsor Smith Olyvia beige satin sneakers women's Shoes (Trainers) in BeigeSaint Laurent Ankle Boot - Women Saint Laurent Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11551144VX,Gabor Orient Womens Wide Fit Casual Shoes Colour: Black Croc, Size: Lotto Leggenda Signature white, blue and red leather Sneaker men's Shoes (Trainers) in White,Converse UK Chuck Taylor All Star Americana Nike Girls' Star Runner (GS) Running Shoe 907257 women's Shoes (Trainers) in Other, adidas ZX Flux W women's Shoes (Trainers) in J.bradford man shoes JB-PAUL Brown men's Loafers / Casual Shoes in Brown,Northwave Spike Evo MTB Shoes - Size: 41 - Colour: BlackSIDI Eagle 5 fit white-black-red MTB Shoes, for men, size 41, Cycling 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.

Dolce & Gabbana Ballet Flats - Women Dolce & Gabbana Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11513841LM,Adidas EQT Support ADV (BZ0006),Polo Ralph Lauren Men's Harvey Suede Low Top Trainers - New Snuff - UK 8 - Tan, Elue par nous CHOSH women's Sandals in Lollipops BEADS FLAT SANDAL women's Sandals in Black, J.bradford Low Boots Black Leather JB-Nerquis men's Mid Boots in Black, Geox U MATTIAS ABX B men's Mid Boots in Green,Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa Ankle Boot - Women Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11474010IT,Saucony Jazz Original Vintage (S70368-10)36360 Sanders Hi Top Grey Suede Chukka Boot 6480GS, Tamaris Resin Boots women's Shoes (Trainers) in BrownUnder Armour Womens Bandit 3 Ombre, Mizuno WAVE STEALTH 4 men's Indoor Sports Trainers (Shoes) in BlueNike Air Max 97 Ul BLACK BLACK WHITE,Tosca Blu Shoes Ankle Boot - Women Tosca Blu Shoes Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11533595FI,Dune London Serein Serein - Boots - Women Dune London Boots online on United Kingdom - 11375340RB,Gabor Dunmow Womens Boots Colour: Nougat Nubuck, Size: 4,Hunter Original Womens Dark Slate Short Wellington BootsUnder Armour Mens Lightning France Mode GRAFIC SE women's Loafers / Casual Shoes in Blue,Peter Kaiser GENOVA PETER KAISER STRETCH ANKLE BOT Size: 6.5, Colour:,Stella Mccartney Ankle Boot - Women Stella Mccartney Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11497314GT,Tom Ford Ballet Flats - Women Tom Ford Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11551175JQ,Gabor Felicity Women's Mule Wedge Sandals Colour: Peanut, Size: 5.5Skechers On the Go City 3.0 Mens Walking Shoes - 11 UK, Kappa Jay men's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Tamaris FACAPE women's Shoes (Trainers) in Beige,Charles Tyrwhitt Brown Performance Derby Toe Cap Shoe Size 13 R by Charles Tyrwhitt,Santoni Ankle Boot - Women Santoni Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11238736GL,Laurence Dacade Ballet Flats - Women Laurence Dacade Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11560870JH,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. Reebok Sport Pulse in women's Shoes (Trainers) in Pulse Black 7bfbc2

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