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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 GOKO men's Shoes (Trainers) in Red, Quiksilver ZAPATILLA Shorebreak Deluxe men's Shoes (Trainers) in Grey,Gianvito Rossi Boots - Women Gianvito Rossi Boots online on United Kingdom - 11536718FPToni Pons Ankle Boot - Women Toni Pons Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11517219KJ, Mephisto THINA women's Sandals in multicolour,Saucony x UP THERE GRID 8000 „SASHIKO (Navy), adidas Stan Smith men's Shoes (Trainers) in Grey,Prada Sneakers Shoes Men Prada,Alberta Ferretti Boots - Women Alberta Ferretti Boots online on United Kingdom - 11460790DUAnna F. Boots - Women Anna F. Boots online on United Kingdom - 11499779AAWiggle Online Cycle Shop adidas Jumpstar Shoes Spiked Running Shoes,Lanvin Low Top Sneakers White Leather,Hunter Women's Balmoral Leather Boots - Waxed Tan - UK 7 - Tan,41627 Basket Velcro Semelle - Tobacco,Marc Jacobs Aurora Embellished Velvet-damask Mules, Un Matin d'Ete FILDA women's Court Shoes in BeigeSargossa Ankle Boot - Women Sargossa Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11279518PD,Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 (922909-401),Hogan Sneakers Shoes Women Hogan,Eurotec Worktough 710 Men'S Black Safety Trainers - Size 10,Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Ox Bordeaux,Pretty Ballerinas Ballet Flats - Women Pretty Ballerinas Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11544651BG,Nike Special Project Air Force 1 '07 LV8 MEDIUM OLIVE/BLACK Reebok Sport Leather Snake women's Shoes (Trainers) in BeigeVivienne Westwood for Melissa Women's Lady Dragon 18 Heeled Sandals - Black Matte Orb - UK 3 - Black, Clarks Tealite Grace women's Sandals in Black,Shadow Boot Henri Lloyd 2018 - Shadow Boot 46/12,Freeze Warm Lined Driver Moccasin Slipper,Kendall + Kylie Women's Felix Suede Heeled Ankle Boots - Olive - UK 4 - Green,Sergio Rossi Ankle Boot - Women Sergio Rossi Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11565432FS,Skechers Flex Appeal New Image Ladies Walking Shoes - 7 UK, 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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