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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. Dream in Green IRVANI women's Sandals in Blue, Ash PARASOL women's Sandals in Beige,42455 Stone Bitflex Chelsea Boot, Diesel D-VICIOUS CHZIP men's Mid Boots in Black,Sergio Rossi Ankle Boot - Women Sergio Rossi Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11527909VA, Lollipops BILLY SNEAKER women's Shoes (Trainers) in Silver, New Balance WRL247 women's Shoes (Trainers) in Blue,Santoni Ankle Boot - Women Santoni Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11542247KI,Skechers Sport Flex Appeal 2.0 Break Free Ladies Athletic Shoes - Charcoal, 8 UK,Nike WMNS Lunarepic Low Flyknit 2 (Black / Hyper Punch), Unisa LIGUR women's Sandals in BlackTiffi Ankle Boot - Women Tiffi Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11455553IO,Superga Women's 2750 Cotmetu Trainers - Violet Lilac - UK 3 - Purple,Gabor Brambling Womens Court Shoes Colour: Navy, Size: 3.5Clarks Originals Women's Suede Desert Boots - Black - UK 3 - Via Roma 15 Stivale in pelle liscia nera women's High Boots in Black, CallagHan TANGO women's Sandals in BeigeSalvatore Ferragamo Flat Sandals Shoes Women Salvatore Ferragamo, Irregular Choice ALWAYS SMILE women's Court Shoes in Blue,Roberto Festa Ankle Boot - Women Roberto Festa Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11285143BH,Nike Air Zoom Cage 3 Clay (918192-071),Cantarelli Ballet Flats - Women Cantarelli Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11516372MV,Guye Fringed Backless Leather Camper JIM men's Shoes (Trainers) in Brown,Tory Burch Ankle Boot - Women Tory Burch Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11567277WQ,Inov8 F Lite 235 V2 Chill WidePuma W Basket Heart Patent (363073-11),Classic Deck Shoe - Navy/Brown,Pretty Ballerinas Ballet Flats - Women Pretty Ballerinas Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11513835AXDolce & Gabbana Ballet Flats - Women Dolce & Gabbana Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11513875WB, Tommy Hilfiger BERRY 2B women's High Boots 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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