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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 men's Shoes (Trainers) in Blue, Airstep / A.S.98 SAINT EC women's Mid Boots in GreenNike Air Max Vision (918230-402),Nike Air Max 180 'Ultramarine' Sneakers,Lakai Fremont XLK Skate Shoes charcoal/orange suedeHunter Women's Original Tall Wellies - Navy - UK 6 - Navy, Asics Mexico Delegation men's Shoes (Trainers) in BlueSam Edelman Ankle Boot - Women Sam Edelman Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - Skechers GO FLEX 2 14990 women's Running Trainers in Pink,Vic Matiē Ankle Boot - Women Vic Matiē Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11557462TE,Francesco Russo Pink Gold Metal Strappy Sandals,Red Creatyve Ankle Boot - Women Red Creatyve Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11534913WB, Gioseppo 45269 women's Sandals in Beige,Babolat Propulse All Court Wimbledon, Geox JANALEE B women's Casual Shoes in BlueNorma J.Baker Ballet Flats - Women Norma J.Baker Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11338924GJ, Redskins ZIVOL men's Shoes (Trainers) in Peter Blade Men Boots PARTIE-VL Brown men's Mid Boots in BrownGabor Louisa 2 Womens Long Boots Colour: Caramello, Size: 3.5,Vic Matiē Ankle Boot - Women Vic Matiē Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11548079AJ, Puma PLATFORM SLIDE WNS EP women's Mules / Casual Shoes in Pink, Reebok Sport CL Nylon HS Blackwhite women's Shoes (Trainers) in Black,Tipe E Tacchi Ankle Boot - Women Tipe E Tacchi Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11448396EK, JB Martin 2OLA women's Sandals in Blue,NEW ROCK leather boots men's - Motorosk Negro - NEW ROCK - M.MR001-C4,Converse Chuck Taylor All Star '70 Hi-Top Trainers - Parchment - UK 7 - WhiteUit Ankle Boot - Women Uit Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11547418QS,Adidas Raf Simons Raf X Stan Smith Cb BLACK MONO,Black,White,George J. Love Boots - Women George J. Love Boots online on United Kingdom - 11403627KT,Adidas By Stella Mccartney UltraBOOST Parley (DB1958),Racine Carrée Ankle Boot - Women Racine Carrée Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11446226UO, 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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