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. Shabbies ALGHERO TASSO women's Low Ankle Boots in Red,Office Angeles Chelsea Boots BLACK LEATHER SILVER STUDSRené Caovilla Heeled Sandals Shoes Women Rene Caovilla,Ariat Conquest 8 Inch GTX Boots with Rand, Dark Brown, UK 10,Altberg Boots AltBerg P1 Peacekeeper Original Black - 04 mediumAldo Castagna Court - Women Aldo Castagna Courts online on United Kingdom - 11505434OH, n.d.c. ALICE women's Sandals in Dream in Green BRIGNO women's High Boots in BrownBungee Wedge Casual Brogue ShoeTina 2 heel - Multi Stardust - UK 5Gola Comet Men's Plimsoll Trainers,Mephisto 'TYRON' Chestnut Brown Leather - 7,Sergio Rossi Boots - Women Sergio Rossi Boots online on United Kingdom - 11528244GE, Unisa MACA women's Sandals in Black, Ganadora SARA women's Sandals in White, CallagHan AVE ABU W women's Loafers / Casual Shoes in BlackOffice Alfie- Back Zip Boot GREY SUEDE,BatzShop Batz IMOLA - beige mix - EU 36 (UK 3 - 3½),Hanwag Alta Bunion GTX - UK 6Manila Grace Boots - Women Manila Grace Boots online on United Kingdom - 11235777CF, Koah DELIA women's Mid Boots in Black, Sonia Rykiel 654802 women's Low Boots in Black, Irregular Choice NICK OF TIME women's Court Shoes in Black,Manuel Barcelò Trafalgar Patent Leather SneakerNike Air Max 1 Ultra 2.0 TXT - Blauw,Converse Chuck Taylor 70's OX - Zwart,Jeremy Scott Boots - Women Jeremy Scott Boots online on United Kingdom - 11462269UX, Element TOPAZ C3 men's Shoes (Trainers) in Blue, Betty London FARIANE women's Low Ankle Boots in Marc O'Polo FLOMINA women's Mid Boots in Red,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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