Read More On...

Twin-Set Simona Barbieri Simona Sneakers - Women Twin-Set Simona Barbieri Barbieri Sneakers online on Canada - 11546693GR fb1395

The Real Opportunity Behind the Media Spectacle

By Michael Kimmage

About the Author:

Dolce & Gabbana Black Embellished Leather Mary Jane 70 PumpsSarah Chofakian Leather BallerinasVans Sneakers - Women Vans Sneakers online on Canada - 11191114RA,Aquazzura Boogie 85 Suede Ankle Boots,Buttero® Ankle Boot - Women Buttero® Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11259496IW,Chiara Ferragni Eye Over The Knee Boots,Church's Michelle Riding BootsOfficine Creative Ankle Boots,Church's Classic Derby Shoes,Gentlemen/Ladies - Helly-hansen Montreal - Complete specifications,Sergio Rossi Pointed Ankle Boots,Cinzia Araia Skin 796 Sneakers,Twin-Set Simona Barbieri Sneakers - Women Twin-Set Simona Barbieri Sneakers online on Canada - 11484767MJP.A.R.O.S.H. Chunky Heel Equestrian Style BootsMan/Woman - Premiata Andy Sneakers - uses,Premiata Conny Sneakers,Leather Crown Leopard Print Panel Sneakers,Men's/Women's - Adidas X 16.2 Fg - Multi-varietyFormentini Ankle Boot - Women Formentini Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11479000QW,Man's/Woman's - Five-ten Freerider - People's borders,Casadei Ankle Boot - Women Casadei Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11496873FJ,Stella Luna Side-zip Ankle Boots,Elisabetta Franchi Ankle Boot - Women Elisabetta Franchi Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11246689TX,Jil Sander Pointed Anklet Pumps,Officine Creative Hubble Ankle Boots,Alain Tondowski Ankle Boot - Women Alain Tondowski Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11499222GB,Tibi Simon Slingback PumpsMen's/Women's - Swear Bond Sneakers - RememberOff-White Black, Red And Blue CST-001 High-top Sneakers,Tod's Lamb Fur Loafers,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.

  • Made In Italy
    Item made in Italy, synonymous with quality and design creativity.
  • COMPOSITION
    Soft Leather, Textile fibers
  • DETAILS
    twill, suede effect, lamé, no appliqués, multicolor pattern, zip, round toeline, flat, leather lining, rubber cleated sole, contains non-textile parts of animal origin
Loading, please wait...