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. Ikks ESCARPIN NŒUD women's Court Shoes in Black,Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Leather High - Black Monochrome Size: 5Sugar Shoes - Tan - Extra Wide Fit - 5,Barbour Mens Readhead Boots, Tan, 8,Charles Tyrwhitt Brown Goodyear Welted Oxford Brogue Shoe Size 7 W by Charles Tyrwhitt,Alexandre Vauthier Court - Women Alexandre Vauthier Courts online on United Kingdom - 11473498SK, Etro 3096 women's Casual Shoes in Black, Tamaris NALIO women's Low Ankle Boots in RedChurch's Flat Sandals Shoes Women Church's,908 - 50 Black 5cm Heel - UK 6.5,Trustyle Tassel Loafer Wide Fit,SOLEA - COMFORT FIT ANNABELSergio Rossi Boots - Women Sergio Rossi Boots online on United Kingdom - 11035597MF, Dr Martens 1461 59 men's Casual Shoes in Red, Elle MABILLON women's Mid Boots in Black, Regard SANOU women's Loafers / Casual Shoes in Beige,Marion - 3.4cm Heel - Black - UK 6,Puma Safety Aerial Sicherheits-Halbschuhe S1P Hro Src En Iso 20345,Mens Garrick Sheepskin Slippers Granite UK Size 11/12,Moda Di Fausto Boots - Women Moda Di Fausto Boots online on United Kingdom - 11473381CC, Mac Douglas ELIANE women's Shoes (Pumps / Ballerinas) in Silver, Betty London HALARI women's High Boots in Dr Martens TORRIANO women's Casual Shoes in Black,Bonanza (Global) PP439 Romantic pointy heels w great bowtie, patent leather,US Size 4-8.5, black,Vango Women's Nomad Walking Boots - Chocolate - UK 5,Nike Wmns Internationalist JCRD Premium - RoodKöe Boots - Women Köe Boots online on United Kingdom - 11550648DH, Shoe Biz WASHALA women's Mid Boots in Blue, Betty London HIYAM women's Low Ankle Boots in Brown, Victoria DEPORTIVO PIEL/GRABADO women's Shoes (Trainers) in White,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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