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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, Merrell Ryeland Tall Polar WTPF J45772 Women's Boots women's Snow boots in Black,Tour Tips BOA Shoes - Reebok Sport Royal Glide men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black, Camper PEU CAMI women's Casual Shoes in Red,Steve Madden Ankle Boot - Women Steve Madden Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11521244RR,D+ Ballet Flats - Women D+ Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - J.bradford Richelieu Brown Leather JB-ALEXIS men's Smart / Formal Shoes in Brown,New-balance Visaro 2.0 K Leather Fg,Carmens Boots - Women Carmens Boots online on United Kingdom - Hush puppies Mutt Slider Mens Sandals men's Sandals in BlueUmbro Speciali Eternal Team Loca Lova Derby Black Leather LL103 women's Casual Shoes in Gaspard Yurkievich T4 VAR8 women's Sandals in BeigeLea-Gu Ballet Flats - Women Lea-Gu Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11472474TF,Lola Cruz Ballet Flats - Women Lola Cruz Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11225316IC, Pikolinos TARIFA men's Sandals in Black, adidas PREDATOR TANGO 18.4 men's Football Boots in Black,Adidas NMD_XR1 Primeknit W (BB2370),Roger Vivier Ankle Boot - Women Roger Vivier Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11503911VJScotts of Stow Zip Front J.bradford Ballerina black Leather JB-VALERIA women's Shoes (Pumps / Ballerinas) in Black,Saucony DXN Vintage Shoes - Grey/White Size: UK 6, Colour: Grey/White, Marco Tozzi 222242627001 women's Court Shoes in Black, Skechers OG 85EARLY Grab men's Shoes (Trainers) in multicolour, Calzamedi comfortable boots Template women's Court Shoes in BlackRoberto Della Croce Ankle Boot - Women Roberto Della Croce Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11267150GU, Esprit SANAZ SANDAL women's Espadrilles / Casual Shoes in Blue, Melvin Hamilton OSCAR men's Casual Shoes in Brown,Philipp Plein Ballet Flats - Women Philipp Plein Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11454435XB, Caterpillar RETRACE men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black, 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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