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. Victoria DEPORTIVO BASKET PIEL women's Shoes (Trainers) in White,Jimmy Choo Ny Sneakers Trainer Black,Shake Shoes - Dark Tan - Extra Wide Fit - 7.5,Dubarry Kildare Boots, Black/Brown, UK 5 (EU38),Altberg Boots AltBerg P1 Peacekeeper Original Black - 04 mediumA.Testoni Court - Women A.Testoni Courts online on United Kingdom - 11546589OD, Ilse Jacobsen RUB62 women's Wellington Boots in Beige, Paul Joe Sister GALIERA women's Espadrilles / Casual Shoes in Black,Church's High Heel Shoes Shoes Women Church's598 - 60 Nappa Gold 6cm heel - Nappa Gold - UK 8.5,Hi-Tec Snow Cap 200 WpMephisto 'TYRON' Chestnut Brown Leather - 10.5,Ruco Line Boots - Women Ruco Line Boots online on United Kingdom - Joya SONJA 2 women's Shoes (Trainers) in Sonia Rykiel MINI ŒILLETS women's Slip-ons (Shoes) in Black, Casadei 8900G197 women's Low Ankle Boots in Brown,Tina 2 heel - Tan Leather - UK 5.5Womens **Sk8 Hi Trainers by Vans supplied by Office - Black, Black,Hanwag Banks Lady Wide - UK 6,Millà Boots - Women Millà Boots online on United Kingdom - 11473297SD, Karston GLUMA women's Mid Boots in Brown, Marc O'Polo GABRIELLE women's Mid Boots in Black, Converse CHUCK TAYLOR AS CORE women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in White,Dolce & Gabbana Snake Leather PumpsBatzShop Batz TERKA - black - EU 38 (UK 5),Nike Air Max 90 Leather Premium - GrijsZoom Stefan Janoski Premium Sneakers, Betty London MUTA women's Sandals in So Size HOLMES men's Casual Shoes in Brown, Nike SB PORTMORE II ULTRALIG men's Shoes (Trainers) 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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