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. Drucker Calzapedic comfortable lounge and wide women's Court Shoes in Brown,DC Shoes DC Trase SD Skate Shoes - Navy,Bonanza (Global) pp397 Sweet pointy pump with little flowers attached, US Size 4-9, red,Le Chameau Mens Vierzonord Wellington Boots, Marron, EU41 (UK7)Altberg Boots AltBerg Warrior Microlite MkII, MOD Brown - 13 mediumAlbano Court - Women Albano Courts online on United Kingdom - 11468648WO, Betty London ANISA women's Low Ankle Boots in Black, OXS RAVELLO YURES women's Mid Boots in Black,Mephisto 'ELODY' Rust - 6 OUT OF STOCK,Suzy Q - Black/White - UK 3.5 - 37,Gola Combes Men's Plimsoll Trainers,Office Lucky Espadrille With Toe Cap NUDE LEATHER BLACK TOE CAPRuco Line Boots - Women Ruco Line Boots online on United Kingdom - 11223173BP, El Naturalista EL VIAJERO women's Slip-ons (Shoes) in Muratti ROMANE women's Low Ankle Boots in Mjus CAFE CHAIN women's Mid Boots in Green,Meindl Philadelphia GTX Womens - UK 5Converse All Star Low CHARCOAL,Asics Gel-Lyte III - Rood,Marc Jacobs Boots - Women Marc Jacobs Boots online on United Kingdom - 11237059ND, Dream in Green GALINA women's Mid Boots in Black, Diesel S-SPAARK LOW men's Shoes (Trainers) in White, Clarks TRI AXIS women's Shoes (Pumps / Ballerinas) in Black,Superga 2950 COTU 7.5 (EU 41.5) Blue,Bonanza (Global) pp260 luxury spell color wedge pump, US Size 4-8.5, black,Jordan Air 1 Mid GS - Zwart,Bariatric Walking Rigid Frame (50st) Small, Irregular Choice FLAMING JUNE women's Court Shoes in Tamaris OLAYA women's Low Boots in Black, KG by Kurt Geiger HISS women's Sandals in Black,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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