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. Fluchos LUCA men's Mid Boots in Black,Peter Kaiser MARABELLA PETER KAISER LADIES LONG BOOT Size: 7.5,Bonanza (Global) ps380 Euramerican hot hollow out sandals with stars, US Size 3-10, green,R.M. Williams Gardener Boots, Black Wide H Fit, UK11,Altberg Boots AltBerg Base Boot, Ankle Height, MOD Brown - 12.5 medium,Alberta Ferretti Court - Women Alberta Ferretti Courts online on United Kingdom - 11516034NN, Lola Ramona JUNE women's Court Shoes in Maiett DEAUVILLET men's Espadrilles / Casual Shoes in RedRieker STABLE RIEKER MENS ANKLE BOOT Size: 43, Colour: BRANDY,919 - 60 Satin Bronze 6cm Heel - UK 9Base London Slip On Shoes,Mephisto 'LADY' Denim Nubuck Leather - 5Santoni Boots - Women Santoni Boots online on United Kingdom - 11478380TM, Acebo's boot jacket girl or woman women's High Boots in Etro SALINA women's Low Boots in Red, Asics GEL-LYTE III women's Shoes (Trainers) in Black,28012 - Patent - UK 9,Adidas Tubular Invader Strap - Zwart,Alt-Berg Altberg Tethera - Wide - SelectMiu Miu Boots - Women Miu Miu Boots online on United Kingdom - Casual Attitude THANIL women's Mid Boots in Geox D KOOKEAN women's Loafers / Casual Shoes in Stonefly VENUS II 42 women's Loafers / Casual Shoes in Brown,Superga 2754 COTU MIDTOP 6 (EU 39.5) White,CAT Footwear Science Nubuck Shoe,Nike Wmns Internationalist - Geel,J|D Julie Dee Boots - Women J|D Julie Dee Boots online on United Kingdom - 11502837VO, Hugo Boss Black SAFFY women's Sandals in multicolour, Asfvlt TRAIN men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black, Moda In Pelle DEADLY women's Court Shoes 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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