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. Dkode VALYN-DEEP-NAVY-017 women's Low Boots in BluePeter Kaiser IVI PETER KAISER LADIES SHOES Size: 6.5,Shake Shoes - Dark Tan - Standard Fit - 4.5,Le Chameau Unisex Vierzon Vibram Wellingtons, Vert Chameau, 47 (UK 12),Altberg Boots AltBerg Sneeker MkII MOD Brown - please selectAncarani Court - Women Ancarani Courts online on United Kingdom - Bunker COTO women's Mid Boots in Black, Airstep / A.S.98 SAINT women's Mid Boots in GreyPizazz Brocade Slipper Cut Loafer,Charleston - Black/white - UK 8.5 & UK 9 - EU 44 - US 10,Gola Comet Men's Plimsoll Trainers,LONDON REBEL SLIP ON W/ DIAMANTESergio Rossi Boots - Women Sergio Rossi Boots online on United Kingdom - 11460305KW, Irregular Choice ASCOT women's Court Shoes in Silver, Vulladi comfortable suede woman dancer women's Shoes (Pumps / Ballerinas) in Brown, Converse canvas shoes high men's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Grey572 - 50 Suede Black 5cm Heel - Goatskin Suede - UK 4,Converse All star Low Leather NEW SILVER EXCLUSIVE,Northwave Scorpius 2 SRS MTB Shoes 2016My Heels Boots - Women My Heels Boots online on United Kingdom - 11491615AN, DC Shoes SPARTAN HI WN men's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Black, Freeman T.Porter FELICIA women's Mid Boots in Black, Dream in Green HOULI women's Mid Boots in Black,Irina Boots Super Curvy E Fit,W Geneveve Wide Fit Toecap Detail Slipper Cut Shoe,Adidas Tech Super - Groen,L' Autre Chose Boots - Women L' Autre Chose Boots online on United Kingdom - 11487786TR, Alberto Gozzi TOSCA SELVA women's Sandals in Brown, Helly Hansen SERAPHINA women's Snow boots in Black, Diadora V7000 WEAVE men's Shoes (Trainers) in Beige,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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