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. New Balance MRL005 men's Shoes (Trainers) in Blue,Rieker JOURNEY RIEKER LADIES SHOES Size: 46, Colour: BLACKShoes For Crews (Europe) Falcon II (White) - 5,R.M. Williams Dynamic Flex Craftsman Boots, Black Regular G Fit, UK10.5,Altberg Boots AltBerg Jungle Micro MOD Brown - 07.5 medium,Ancarani Court - Women Ancarani Courts online on United Kingdom - 11457671NO, Fly London HULK women's High Boots in Black, Gabor Idol Leather Wide Fit Casual Womens Mules women's Mules / Casual Shoes in SilverOffice Auburn- High Cut Unlined Boot CHOC LEATHER,New Yorker - Black/white - UK 9.5 - EU 45,Puma Nubuck Catskill Citi Trainers,SOLEA - COMFORT FIT ABEL,Sergio Rossi Boots - Women Sergio Rossi Boots online on United Kingdom - 11528150OM, Strategia MAILLETT women's Mid Boots in Brown, Geox D OPHIRA A women's Shoes (Trainers) in Swedish hasbeens Covered High women's Sandals in BlackClaudia - 5.5cm Heel - Suede Black - UK 3.5,Leisure Lakes Bikes Giro Solara II Womens Road Shoes White,Hi Tec Men's Dexter Mid Walking Boot - Brown, Brown,Nila & Nila Boots - Women Nila & Nila Boots online on United Kingdom - 11473465UW, C.Petula STELLA women's Mid Boots in Multicolour, Art CRETA women's Sandals in Brown, Airstep / A.S.98 TEMPLAR men's Mid Boots in Black,Bonanza (Global) New Handmade men two tone leather shoes, Men black and gray formal shoes,,The North Face Men's Hedgehog Fastpack GORE-TEX Shoes - Grey, Grey,Saucony Shadow 5000 - Groen,Laura Bellariva Boots - Women Laura Bellariva Boots online on United Kingdom - 11492149XG, John Galliano LAMINA women's Slip-ons (Shoes) in Silver, Refresh CROUSTI women's Low Ankle Boots in Black, Café Noir Cafe Noir slippers man men's Flip flops / Sandals (Shoes) in BeigeThe 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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