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 Mayfly Mayfly Mayfly Woven - Zwart 87ccfe

The Real Opportunity Behind the Media Spectacle

By Michael Kimmage

Nike Mayfly Mayfly Mayfly Woven - Zwart 87ccfe

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 - 11426145OW,

Bibi Lou Court - Women Bibi Lou Courts online on United Kingdom - 11523040DB,Twin-Set Simona Barbieri Boots - Women Twin-Set Simona Barbieri Boots online on United Kingdom - 11027623JG,Lake CX160 Mens Road Shoes -Size 45 - BlackVans Old Skool Premium Leather - Grijs,Spartoo.co.uk Betty London GIFFO women's Low Ankle Boots in Brown,Brasher Men's Country Roamer Walking Shoe - Brown, Brown,Spartoo.co.uk Ash DRUM women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Brown,New Balance 577 SMO - Blauw,Spartoo.co.uk Desigual FORMENTERA women's Sandals in Green,Bams Court - Women Bams Courts online on United Kingdom - 11442153DW,Adidas NMD_CS1 Gore-Tex - Wit,Scott Metrix Cycling Shoes (2018) Colour: black/neon yellow, Size: 47.Echoes Embellished Slip On Trainer,Spartoo.co.uk Missoni WM076 women's Smart / Formal Shoes in Grey,Skechers Mens Leather Blue Denim Slip On Shoe,Earth Spirit Womens Black Suede Flat Ankle BootBonanza (Global) PS394 awesome candy color strappy sandals, patent leather, Size 4-8.5, nude,Altberg Boots AltBerg Desert Tabbing Boot MOD Brown Suede - 08 A-Forme,Spartoo.co.uk Supra SKYTOP II women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in White,Superga® Boots - Women Superga® Boots online on United Kingdom - 11201748QI,Spartoo.co.uk Le Coq Sportif DYNAMIC JACQUARD women's Shoes (Trainers) in BeigeShoes For Crews (Europe) Jenni - 7BatzShop Batz MANKA - white - EU 37 / UK 4,Dickies Workwear Canton Boot Brown / 7,Spartoo.co.uk Hb Twinkle Womens Dress Sandals women's Sandals in Beige,Spartoo.co.uk Coolway BABETE women's Mid Boots in BrownSpartoo.co.uk Dkode FARIS women's Shoes (Pumps / Ballerinas) in Multicolour,Spartoo.co.uk Nira Rubens Daiquiri bronze leather sneaker with copper heart men's Shoes (Trainers) in Other,Padders Newquay Touch & Close Sandal,Bonanza (Global) pp273 Stunning supper high heel pump in candy color, US Size 4-8.5, white, 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.

Spartoo.co.uk adidas GAZELLE W women's Shoes (Trainers) in Black,Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High - Black Monochrome Size: 5 UK,Shake Shoes - Dark Tan - Standard Fit - 4,Le Chameau Mens Vierzon Jersey Lined Wellingtons, Noir, EU43 (UK 9),Charles Tyrwhitt Brown Goodyear Welted Oxford Brogue Shoe Size 7 W by Charles Tyrwhitt,Alexander Mcqueen Court - Women Alexander Mcqueen Courts online on United Kingdom - 11528976SV,Spartoo.co.uk Pretty Ballerinas HONEY TANA women's Shoes (Pumps / Ballerinas) in Pink,Spartoo.co.uk EMU STINGER MINI women's Mid Boots in Beige,Converse All Star Ox 70's BLACK,Liz - 5.5cm Heel - UK 5,Saucony Grid 8000 CL - Grijs,H BY HUDSON MORAN CHELSEA BOOT,See By Chloé Boots - Women See By Chloé Boots online on United Kingdom - 11555961FB,Spartoo.co.uk Edith Ella - women's Low Ankle Boots in Purple,Spartoo.co.uk Clarks DESERT BOOT women's Mid Boots in Brown,Spartoo.co.uk Volcom STONE PLATEFORM women's Sandals in Brown,Balboa - Brown leather/beige canvas - UK 8.5 & UK 9 - EU 44 - US 10,Nike Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 SE - GrijsSaucony Grid 8000 CL - Grijs,Moda Di Fausto Boots - Women Moda Di Fausto Boots online on United Kingdom - 11473364OV,Spartoo.co.uk D.Co Copenhagen EMILY women's Low Boots in Beige,Spartoo.co.uk Now PADOU women's Sandals in Black,Spartoo.co.uk Maria Lya Debora Womens Moccasins women's Loafers / Casual Shoes in White,Alexandre Birman 7cm Regina Boots,Muck Boot Daily Garden Shoe, Green, UK4,Jordan Spizike GS - Blauw,J|D Julie Dee Boots - Women J|D Julie Dee Boots online on United Kingdom - 11508293AQ,Spartoo.co.uk Casual Attitude HAPANI men's Mid Boots in BrownSpartoo.co.uk Felmini VIANA women's Low Ankle Boots in Black,Spartoo.co.uk Barbour SETTER women's Wellington Boots in GreenThe 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 Mayfly Mayfly Mayfly Woven - Zwart 87ccfe

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

Continue