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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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. Les Tropéziennes par M Belarbi GINKGO women's Sandals in Brown,Polo Ralph Lauren Sneakers Shoes Men Polo Ralph Lauren,Shake Shoes - Dark Tan - Standard Fit - 6,Dubarry Galway ExtraFit Boots, Black/Brown, EU36 (UK3.5),Altberg Boots AltBerg Base Boot, Ankle Height, MOD Brown - 09.5 medium,Alberto Venturini Court - Women Alberto Venturini Courts online on United Kingdom - 11480369KN, Supra NOIZ women's Shoes (Trainers) in Grey, Now TORAL women's Casual Shoes in Brown,Office Ask the Missus Friendly Brogue BLACK LEATHER,Latin Flex - Black - UK 6.5,Amblers James Leather Soled Shoe,Riding Style Boot - Black - 4See By Chloé Boots - Women See By Chloé Boots online on United Kingdom - 11273608AQ, Puma SUEDE CLASSIC women's Shoes (Trainers) in Black, Karl Lagerfeld Décolleté pink leather with bow women's Court Shoes in Pink, Dream in Green FANSITA women's Casual Shoes in Red,Meindl Portland Gtx - UK 8.5,Paraboot Avignon Griff II Noire Black Shoe 705109Meindl Piemont Lady Mid GTX - UK 5Max Bianco Boots - Women Max Bianco Boots online on United Kingdom - 11531704VG, Lola Espeleta STRIKE women's Mid Boots in Brown, Reebok Classic CL LTHR L women's Shoes (Trainers) in Black, Regard ROFAP women's Shoes (Pumps / Ballerinas) in Silver,Superga 2950 COTU 10.5 (EU 45) Grey Sage,Marks and Spencer M&S Collection Leather Bow Boat ShoesJordan Westbrook 0 - Zwart,J.Born Boots - Women J.Born Boots online on United Kingdom - 11498404WG, Gabor BRAPPE women's Sandals in Beige, Tosca Blu LISBON women's Mid Boots in Marc Jacobs MJ16439 women's Sandals in Yellow,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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