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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, Victoria BLUCHER LONA PLATAFORMA women's Shoes (Trainers) in Orange, Betty London FASSILOR women's Sandals in Brown, Asics KENUN SP women's Running Trainers in Beige,Lea-Gu Ballet Flats - Women Lea-Gu Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - Peter Blade Men Boots PARTIE-VL Brown men's Mid Boots in Brown,Vicini Ankle Boot - Women Vicini Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11312262AU,Rieker LUTHER RIEKER MENS BOOTS Size: 40, Colour: BROWN SUED, Dkode MORGAN-DEEP-NAVY-008 women's Low Ankle Boots in Vans Men's Ultra Range Rapidweld Trainers, Grey men's Shoes (Trainers) in Grey, Geox JANALEE B women's Casual Shoes in Beige,Nike SB NIS ZOOM GTS NIS ZOOM GTS - KHAKI/BLK Colour: Khaki/Black (HemGabor Islay Womens Casual Shoes Colour: Black Suede/Patent, Size: 3, Dr Martens DANTE women's Shoes (Trainers) in White,Garrice Ballet Flats - Women Garrice Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - Lucky Brand DIONNA women's Sandals in Beige,Rose Noire Ankle Boot - Women Rose Noire Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11465180BJ,Vic Matiē Ankle Boot - Women Vic Matiē Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11457525WKPomme D'or Ballet Flats - Women Pomme D'or Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11474286OK,Adidas originals x Pharrell Williams Tennis 'Blank Canvas' Sneakers,Marsèll Ballet Flats - Women Marsèll Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11579721DX,NIKE Buty Damskie Nike Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit Racer,Skechers Flex Appeal New Image Ladies Walking Shoes - 3.5 UK,36485 Astorflex Walkflex Dark Chestnut Boot 4277, adidas EQT ADV Racing black mesh sneakers men's Sports Trainers (Shoes) in Black,Vagabond Shoemakers Ankle Boot - Women Vagabond Shoemakers Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11486081EN,Miu Miu Sneakers Shoes Women Miu Miu, Converse CHUCK TAYLOR WP BOOT men's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Replay VANILLA women's Shoes (Trainers) in Grey,Womens GAIL Slingback Shoes - Nude, Nude,Pollini Ballet Flats - Women Pollini Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11487712BQ 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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