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. TBS YONKERS men's Casual Shoes in Brown,Etnies Dory Skate Shoes - Black/TanMist Gtx® Shoes - Loden Green - Standard Fit - 7R.M. Williams Comfort Craftsman Boots, Black Wide H Fit, UK8Altberg Boots AltBerg Sneeker MkII MOD Brown - 09 medium,Altramarea Court - Women Altramarea Courts online on United Kingdom - Peter Kaiser LORANDA women's Low Ankle Boots in Brown, OXS IGLOO women's Low Ankle Boots in Black,Converse All Star Hi 70's PARCHMENTFelice - 3.4cm Heel - Nappa Black - UK 7.5Dr Keller Orthopedic Touch Close Shoe EU,ROCKPORT UE PLAIN TOE OXSantoni Boots - Women Santoni Boots online on United Kingdom - 11542397MR, Dr Martens 1461 59 men's Casual Shoes in Red, Eject VAMP LOUAL women's High Boots in Black, Birkenstock TUNIS men's Mules / Casual Shoes in Brown,Minerva 2.2 Heel - WIDE FIT - Black/Silver - UK 3.5Birkenstock Arizona Two Strap MOCCA,Rugby Factory Shop Asics Lethal Scrum Black Rugby Boots #UK 10,Manila Grace Boots - Women Manila Grace Boots online on United Kingdom - 11162036SA, Palladium PAMPA KNIT LP women's Mid Boots in Black, Paco Gil CLAIRE women's Low Boots in Black, Bourne VERITY women's Sandals in Black,Office Arch Enemy Back Zip Block Heel Boots PURPLE VELVET MULTI EMBELLISHMENT,Office Retro Tassel Loafer NAVY SUEDENike Air Trainer SC II Premium QS - GroenJolie By Edward Spiers Boots - Women Jolie By Edward Spiers Boots online on United Kingdom - 11543196XO, Michel Perry ORCHID women's Low Boots in Geox THYMAR A women's Shoes (Trainers) in Gold, Rupert Sanderson BAXTER women's Low Boots in Grey,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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