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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. Pepe jeans INDUSTRY women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Pink, Marco Tozzi 22371329053 women's Shoes (Trainers) in Reebok Classic CLASSIC LEATHER SATIN women's Shoes (Trainers) in Purple,Gabor Brook Womens Long Boots Colour: Black, Size: 7.5Skechers Go Step Ladies Athletic Shoes - Black/Grey, 5 UKSchutz Ankle Boot - Women Schutz Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11472118NE,L'arianna Ballet Flats - Women L'arianna Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11521339VE,Gabor SIZZLE GABOR LADIES SANDALS 82 825 50 Size: 4.5, Colour: WHITEThe Seller Ankle Boot - Women The Seller Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11503862IV, New Rock KILIC women's Low Ankle Boots in Black,Barbour Women's Colour Block Short Wellies - Black/Burgundy - UK 4 - Black/Burgundy, Melvin Hamilton RICO 8 men's Smart / Formal Shoes in Clarks Valena Diem women's High Boots in Black, New Balance U520 men's Shoes (Trainers) in WhiteLolo Ballet Flats - Women Lolo Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11530419WI,Ruco Line Ankle Boot - Women Ruco Line Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11478418UDChurch's Boots - Women Church's Boots online on United Kingdom - 11556174JL,Under Armour Storm Out&Back Sw Men's Jacket, Anthracite / Black / Reflective (016), X-Large,Dolce & Gabbana Boots - Women Dolce & Gabbana Boots online on United Kingdom - 11320539JJ,Nike Flex Trainer 8 Print (924342-091),Town Ankle Boot - Women Town Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11253719BB, Polo Ralph Lauren TRAIN 200 men's Shoes (Trainers) in Grey,Dunlop Ultimate Pro Indoor Court Shoes - 10.5 UK, New Balance WL373GD women's Shoes (Trainers) in Black,Stanley Milford Safety Boot - Brown Size 8Yeezy Ankle Boot - Women Yeezy Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11535797VA,Soldini Ankle Boot - Women Soldini Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11467272IJ,Giorgio Fabiani Boots - Women Giorgio Fabiani Boots online on United Kingdom - 11468545BJ, New Balance MRL996 men's Shoes (Trainers) in WhiteMiu Miu Flat Sandals Shoes Women Miu Philippe Model Paris Tropez blue leather and suede sneaker men's Shoes (Trainers) in Blue, 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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