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.

Nike Air Air Nike Huarache NM - Zwart 46dadb

The Real Opportunity Behind the Media Spectacle

By Michael Kimmage

Nike Air Air Nike Huarache NM - Zwart 46dadb

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.

Casadei Court - Women Casadei Courts online on United Kingdom - 11308923UO,

Open Closed Shoes Boots - Women Open Closed Shoes Boots online on United Kingdom - 11440291UA,Sergio Rossi Boots - Women Sergio Rossi Boots online on United Kingdom - 11526070IT,Meindl 'DURBAN GTX' Nubuck Leather - 8.5 OUT OF STOCK,Nike T-Lite XI Mens Trainers, Dockers by Gerli LABRAME men's Mid Boots in Brown, Tamaris NARVA women's High Boots in Black,Footsure Soft Shell Trainer Black / Size 04, Gabor Pearl Womens Bow Dress Court Shoes women's Court Shoes in Black,Charleston - Black/white - UK 13 - EU 50 - US Volcom BACKSTAGE SNDL women's Sandals in Brown,Mephisto 'TACCO-TEX' Ivy - 10 OUT OF STOCK, Unisa PANSI women's Low Ankle Boots in Black,Suede Elasticated Trainers with Zip,Irregular Choice Nick of Time - Black Glitter/Black Suede Size: 36 EU, New Balance ML373 women's Shoes (Trainers) in Green, Versace AZALEA women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Black,Belle Boots - Jet Black - Standard Leg - 7.5,Dubarry Limerick Boots, Black, UK 7 (EU41),Mpb - Black Patent - UK 10.5,Akua Court - Women Akua Courts online on United Kingdom - 11165490CIMeindl 'TORONTO GTX ' Brown Leather - 12,Scott Crus-r Cycling Shoes (2018) Colour: black/silver, Size: Airstep / A.S.98 SAINT women's Mid Boots in Kangaroos COIL-R1 women's Shoes (Trainers) in Red, Jerome C. Rousseau BISOU BLOOM women's Court Shoes in Black,Aigle Parcours 2 Vario Boot, Bronze, EU38Freed Topaz Ballroom Dance Shoe by Dance Steps in 5 Colours - Gold - UK Size 4, MTNG MUSTANG dancer women's Shoes (Pumps / Ballerinas) in Black,Alberto Fermani Court - Women Alberto Fermani Courts online on United Kingdom - 11546133KN,Nueva Epoca - Cordoba - Black/White - UK 7.5, Historic U.S.-Russian meetings tend to occur outside of Washington and Moscow. Franklin Delano Roosevelt first encountered Joseph Stalin in Tehran. At the end of World War II, they met again at Yalta, a name that would thereafter signify Soviet domination of Eastern Europe. Harry Truman’s one and only meeting with Stalin was in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin. John F. Kennedy had a shaky meeting with Nikita Khrushchev in Geneva, while Ronald Reagan had a memorable collision with Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik.

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. Lottusse TEX DELAVE COBA women's Mules / Casual Shoes in BlueFitFlop ROLA FITFLOP ROLA SANDALS Size: 2.5, Colour: BLACK,Shoes For Crews (Europe) Falcon II (White) - 6.5Dubarry Commander Deck Shoes, Mahogany, UK 9,Altberg Boots AltBerg Sneeker MkII MOD Brown - please select,Ancarani Court - Women Ancarani Courts online on United Kingdom - 11515587HU, Camper ISADORA women's Shoes (Pumps / Ballerinas) in New Balance U420 women's Shoes (Trainers) in BlueLakai Griffin Skate Shoes - Midnight Textile,Simply Be Irina Boots Standard Calf Wide Fit,Sergio Tacchini Jogger Trainers Standard,H BY HUDSON DAWLISH CALF,Sergio Rossi Boots - Women Sergio Rossi Boots online on United Kingdom - 11547187IL, Hummel AEROCOURT HB200 men's Indoor Sports Trainers (Shoes) in Yellow, Kawasaki PLAYERS RETRO SP women's Shoes (Trainers) in Xti TRAOL women's Mid Boots in Black,Patty - 5.5cm Heel - Nappa Red - UK 6.5,Ask the Missus Focus Toe Cap TAN LEATHERHanwag Tatra Wide GTX - UK 8,Nila & Nila Boots - Women Nila & Nila Boots online on United Kingdom - 11474219PP, Sweet Lemon ECONO women's High Boots in Airstep / A.S.98 ZEVIO women's Mid Boots in Black, Kenzo KUMI women's Espadrilles / Casual Shoes in Grey,County Boots - Chocolate - Standard Fit - 3,Nike Wmns Mayfly Woven - Wit,Nike Zoom Hyperquickness - Blauw,L' Autre Chose Boots - Women L' Autre Chose Boots online on United Kingdom - Camper LUCY SERENA women's Shoes (Pumps / Ballerinas) in Black, Nero Giardini A719760DE women's Court Shoes in Spylovebuy Jester women's High Boots in Purple,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.

Loading, please wait...

Stay informed.

Get the latest news delivered weekly right to your inbox.

Nike Air Air Nike Huarache NM - Zwart 46dadb

This site uses cookies to improve your user experience. Click here to learn more.