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The Real Opportunity Behind the Media Spectacle

By Michael Kimmage

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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.


Nicholas Kirkwood’s stand-out designs are top of every style list and these Beya mules are our go-to flat this season. From Nicholas Kirkwood’s AW17 collection, they feature a pointed toe, a branded insole, an easy slip-on style and a low 3cm heel. Expertly crafted in Italy from white leather, these updated Beya mules are cool and contemporary. This item fits small, please select half a size up.

Designer colour: W01 BLANC

Made in Italy

Designer Style ID: 902A19VBT1W01

Farfetch ID: 12088528

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2 cm


0.8 in

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Composition & Care
Lining Composition
Leather 100%
Outer Composition
Leather 100%
Sole Composition
Leather 100%
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Designer : Nicholas Kirkwood

After honing his skills at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design and Cordwainers College, British shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood launched his eponymous label in 2005. Focusing on high-quality craftsmanship and technical innovation, Kirkwood’s collections are defined by bold silhouettes that play with ideas of femininity and dynamism; subverting expectations and presenting a new aesthetic for luxury footwear. From the label’s signature Beya and Cassati styles, shop the Farfetch edit which also includes Kirkwood’s capsule collection of customisable Beya Bespoke flat shoes.

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