Read More On...

Spartoo.co.uk Diesel S-SPAARK LOW in men's Shoes (Trainers) in LOW White f62b39

The Real Opportunity Behind the Media Spectacle

By Michael Kimmage

About the Author:

Spartoo.co.uk Paco Gil CARA women's Low Ankle Boots in Black,Spartoo.co.uk Betty London GERAS women's Sandals in Blue,Spartoo.co.uk Ash GENIAL women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Black,Spartoo.co.uk Ash TROUBLE women's Low Ankle Boots in Black,Spartoo.co.uk Regard REDATA women's Mid Boots in Grey,Sophia 2.5 heel dark tan - Dark Tan Satin - UK 4.5,Dickies Workwear Newark Boot Brown / Size 07Spartoo.co.uk Wize Ope THE LIGHT women's Shoes (Trainers) in White,Spartoo.co.uk Rockport ALLY PLAIN PUMP W women's Court Shoes in BrownFootsure Amblers Steel Safety Boot Black / 9Spartoo.co.uk Regard ROAXOU women's Casual Shoes in White,L.B.K. Boots - Women L.B.K. Boots online on United Kingdom - 11564053NS,Casadei Court - Women Casadei Courts online on United Kingdom - 11308966CH,Spartoo.co.uk Geox D EURO D women's Loafers / Casual Shoes in Black,Saucony Grid SD - Blauw,Spartoo.co.uk Apepazza LESLEY women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in BeigeKarhu Synchron Classic - Groen,Spartoo.co.uk Fornarina LYZA women's Shoes (Pumps / Ballerinas) in Beige,Sidi Canyon Goretex Microfibre Black,Nike Air Huarache Run Txt - Roze,Leisure Lakes Bikes Giro Solara II Womens Road Shoes White,Footsure Dr Martin Dealer Boot Black / Size 06,Vidorreta Pitiusa Flat Espadrille Shoes,Dickies Workwear Coweta Rigger Boot Black / Size 08,Bonanza (Global) pp353 Elegant candy color sharpy heels, patent color, US Size 4-8.5, whiteChatham Orwell Premium Desert BootSpartoo.co.uk Nordikas Noble III Mens Slippers men's Slip-ons (Shoes) in BlueSpartoo.co.uk Nike LUNARSTELOS W women's Running Trainers in Black,Nike Wmns Air Max 1 Essential - RoodNike Wmns Air Force 1 Upstep - Zwart,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 Diesel S-SPAARK LOW in men's Shoes (Trainers) in LOW White f62b39

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