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 Rock METALLIC 6 men's High Boots in Black,Högl Hogl SEALAND HOGL LADIES FASHION SANDALS Colour: WATER MELON, Size: 6Office Fox Brogue CHOC LEATHER,R.M. Williams Lachlan Boots, Brown Wide H Fit, UK6,Altberg Boots AltBerg Warrior Microlite MkII, MOD Brown - 04 medium,Andrea Pinto Court - Women Andrea Pinto Courts online on United Kingdom - 11481538GF, Calzamedi postoperative women's Slippers in Sebastian S5270 women's Sandals in BeigeRockport Total Motion Zuly Loafer,Mystery Boots - Dark Tan - Standard Fit - 4Rockport Ledge Hill Plain ToeH BY HUDSON DAWLISH PATENTSpace Style Concept Boots - Women Space Style Concept Boots online on United Kingdom - 11104569FG, Mac Douglas ELIANE women's Shoes (Pumps / Ballerinas) in Blue, Calzamedi diabetic shoe cord men's Casual Shoes in Black, Le Coq Sportif DYNACOMF MESH women's Shoes (Trainers) in BlueRuth - 5cm Heel - Nappa Black - UK 7,Leisure Lakes Bikes Five Ten Freerider MTB Shoes Black/Grey,BatzShop Batz NLK - blue - EU 41 (UK 7 - 7½)Norma J.Baker Boots - Women Norma J.Baker Boots online on United Kingdom - 44897718JN, Sebastian S5244 women's Sandals in Beige, Dr Martens 1461 women's Casual Shoes in Eclipse ORION women's Mid Boots in Black,Bonanza (Global) pp427 elegant pointy satin pumps, slim heels, Size 4-8.5, black,L.K. Bennett Floret Black Suede Closed CourtsAdidas Ultra Boost - Zwart,Lanvin Boots - Women Lanvin Boots online on United Kingdom - 11434309KR, Nike FREE TRAINER 7 women's Trainers in Pink, Victoria DEPORTIVO GLITTER BANERAS women's Shoes (Trainers) in Paco Gil AMELE women's Sandals in RedThe 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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