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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. Neosens NEGREDA women's Sandals in Black, Lumberjack SHARON women's Low Ankle Boots in Black,Way?® Ankle Boot - Women Way?® Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11492622QC, adidas 10K W women's Shoes (Trainers) in Black, Jim Rickey CHOP men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black,What For Ankle Boot - Women What For Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11532967UO,The Row Ballet Flats - Women The Row Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11448996CN, Eliza Ferrari 170 60 women's Sandals in Tom Tailor Kinder women's Low Ankle Boots in BrownSergio Rossi Ankle Boot - Women Sergio Rossi Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11413350LF, New Balance PRO COURT SKATE men's Shoes (Trainers) in BlackCafènoir Ballet Flats - Women Cafènoir Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 44795411DI,NIKE Buciki Dla Niemowlaków Nike Waffle 1 Premium, adidas Originals Los Angeles OG Trainers in Core Black Dark Shale BB men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black, Vans SK8-Hi MTE women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Grey,Tommy Hilfiger Womens Midnight Blue West 9B1 Ankle Boots, Geox D MENDI STIVALI women's High Boots in Black, Gioseppo 32140G women's Espadrilles / Casual Shoes in New Balance 373 women's Shoes (Trainers) in PinkValentino Garavani Knit High-top Sneaker,ECCO Women's Touch 15 B Ankle Boots, Black/Black (Black/BLACK55351), 40 EU/9-9.5 M USThe Row Ankle Boot - Women The Row Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11499842XR, Gabor Lanzarote Toe Loop Womens Mules women's Mules / Casual Shoes in Brown,Ras Ankle Boot - Women Ras Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11511484NE,Robert Clergerie Ankle Boot - Women Robert Clergerie Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11508262PBThe-north-face Hedgehog Hike Mid Goretex,Ash Women's Virgin Leather Hi-Top Trainers - Black - UK 7 - Black, Pataugas SWING-S-BLANC women's Casual Shoes in White,Pretty Ballerinas Ballet Flats - Women Pretty Ballerinas Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11513774MA, Lola Ramona STILETTO women's Court Shoes in Red, Camper ORUGA women's Sandals 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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