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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. New Balance NM505 PRO SKATE men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black, Sweet Lemon SAHARA women's Sandals in White,Versace Jeans Ankle Boot - Women Versace Jeans Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - RAS TROYA women's Sandals in Black,Stanley Milford Safety Boot - Brown Size 8,McQ Alexander McQueen Women's Netil Eyelet Low Trainers - Silver - UK 3 - Silver, No Name PARKO JOGGER women's Shoes (Trainers) in GreyClarks Mens Cola Suede Desert Boots, Melissa 3224850919 women's Flip flops / Sandals (Shoes) in Gold, Stonefly SEASON II men's Casual Shoes in Black, Love Moschino YUTMARU women's Shoes (Trainers) in Silver,Tod's Ankle Boot - Women Tod's Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11300042II, Reebok Sport Sublite XT Cushion women's Shoes (Trainers) in White,Sergio Rossi Ankle Boot - Women Sergio Rossi Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11432388RB,Loafers decorative bow Paul Green beigeSuperga 2750 COTMETU 7 (EU 41) Grey,Adidas by Alexander Wang AW Run Clean (black), New Balance U410 men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black,Rest Ankle Boot - Women Rest Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11457820JG, Stonefly IRIS II 1 NAPLACK women's Court Shoes in Grey,Mules in 100% leather Peter Hahn Converse ALL STAR SEASON OX men's Shoes (Trainers) in GreenBass Weejuns Women's Penny Leather Loafers - Goldmud COLON LADY women's Mid Boots in BlackSteve Madden Ankle Boot - Women Steve Madden Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11565583LH, Coclico UGO women's Mid Boots in Black, Geox D NESA women's Sandals in Beige, Walk Fly 8291-36630 women's Sandals in Blue, Lemon Jelly RIDER women's Wellington Boots in Black, Luis Gonzalo Oxord Men´s Shoes 7426H men's Smart / Formal Shoes in Blue,New Balance FuelCore Sonic (MSONIYB), 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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