Carlos Barria / REUTERS Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, July 2017.

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The Real Opportunity Behind the Media Spectacle

By Michael Kimmage

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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.

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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. Converse CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR HI women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Blue,Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Leather High - White Monochrome Size: 8,‎Nicholas Kirkwood‎ Beya Metallic Leather Block-Heel Pumps,Le Chameau Traqueur Boot, Vert Chameau, EU41,Altberg Boots AltBerg Sneeker AQUA, Black - 12 medium,Albano Court - Women Albano Courts online on United Kingdom - 11544009PD, Nike AIR HUARACHE men's Shoes (Trainers) in LPB Shoes ELINA women's Low Ankle Boots in Black,Miu Miu Oxford Shoes Shoes Women Miu Miu,28011 - Black - UK 8,Newdress Rioja Sandals G Fit,Vagabond Grace Heeled Chelsea Boots BLACK NUBUCK,Roger Vivier Boots - Women Roger Vivier Boots online on United Kingdom - Meline RATA women's Low Ankle Boots in Calzamedi TITAN women's Casual Shoes in Dr Martens black soft leather beatle women's Low Boots in Black,Office Autumn- Block Heel Chelsea Boot TAN LEATHER,Dubarry Navigator Deck Shoes, Old Rum, UK8,Nike Lunar 180 Trainer SC PRM QS - Zilver,Loriblu Boots - Women Loriblu Boots online on United Kingdom - Stonefly PASEO II 1 women's Loafers / Casual Shoes in Brown, Ash FALCON women's Low Ankle Boots in Black, Cash Money CMS42-EASTSIDE men's Shoes (Trainers) in White,Tod's Gommino Vintage Leather Loafers,Meindl Dovre GORE-TEX Boots, Brown, UK 9 (EU 43),Nike W Air Max Thea - Wit,Chatham Orwell Premium Desert Boot, Asics GEL-KAYANO TRAINER EVO men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black, Mbt KHERI M men's Boat Shoes in Barker VALIANT men's Smart / Formal Shoes in Blue,The lessons of that previous U.S.-Russian encounter in Helsinki are worth remembering now. The agreement that resulted involved years of drab, painstaking diplomacy. It required agonizing compromise on both sides. It rested on work rather than optics. Under the shadow of low expectations, a difficult process preceded final success. The summit’s real importance, in other words, had little to do with momentary media spectacle. The same could be true of next week’s Trump-Putin meeting.

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