Read More On...

Spartoo.co.uk Mikaela / 17021 women's Shoes (Pumps / Mikaela Ballerinas) in Grey 4b5c94

The Real Opportunity Behind the Media Spectacle

By Michael Kimmage

About the Author:

Spartoo.co.uk Superdry MARIAH HIGH TOP women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in BrownFootsure Amblers Steel Hiker Boot Black / Size 06,Spartoo.co.uk Hudson LOCKNER men's Mid Boots in Black,Spartoo.co.uk Art AMSTERDAM women's Low Ankle Boots in Blue,Shake Shoes - Black - Extra Extra Wide Fit - 7.5Spartoo.co.uk New Balance MFL574 women's Shoes (Trainers) in Black,Meindl 'SIENA LADY GTX' Brown Leather - 6.5,Bonanza (Global) NIKE AIR VAPORMAX 2018 FLYKNIT-BLACK- for Men sneakers SIZE US 7 - 11,Peter Kaiser REGINE PETER KAISER CORK WEDGE SANDAL Size: 7.5, Colour:Spartoo.co.uk Betty London HUGOLI women's Casual Shoes in Black,Spartoo.co.uk Sweet Lemon PYOBA women's Mid Boots in Brown,Asics Gel-Lyte III - Bruin,Spartoo.co.uk Tom Tailor SEZOZO women's Mid Boots in Black,Lowa 'HUNTER GTX EVO EXTREME' Nubuck Leather - 11.5,Nike Skate Boarding Zoom Stefan Janoski PRM - Zwart,Spartoo.co.uk Unisa SALVA women's Low Ankle Boots in Black,Spartoo.co.uk Caprice BRINA women's High Boots in Black,Spartoo.co.uk MySuelly PAULINE women's Sandals in Beige,Spartoo.co.uk Caterpillar AWE men's Mid Boots in Beige,Sol Sandals - White - Standard Fit - 7,Nike Air Max BW Ultra - Zwart,Charles Tyrwhitt Black Made In England Oxford Toe Cap Shoes Size 7 R by Charles Tyrwhitt,Spartoo.co.uk Teva DE LA VINA DOS women's Mid Boots in Brown,Spartoo.co.uk Gas REGAN women's Mid Boots in Brown,Spartoo.co.uk United nude ZINK MID women's Low Boots in Blue,Nike Air Max 1 GS - Anthraciet,Scarpa Terra Wms Gtx - EU 39,Mayflower Floral Detail Block Heel Sandal,Tone Shoes - Navy - Extra Wide Fit - 4,Dubarry Longford Boots, Black, EU43 (UK9),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.

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.

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...

Spartoo.co.uk Mikaela / 17021 women's Shoes (Pumps / Mikaela Ballerinas) in Grey 4b5c94

Get the latest news delivered weekly right to your inbox.

Related Articles

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

Continue