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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.


The contemporary art inspired Prada has a deep enduring heritage that cements the brands legendary status. Founded by Mario Prada and continued by his granddaughter Miuccia, the brand has been creating luxurious read to wear since its conception in 1913. Defined by the finest quality fabrics and wonderfully unconventional designs that continue to push sartorial boundaries season after season. These black leather and faux fur brogues from Prada feature an almond toe, a crystal embellished buckle and a multicoloured ridged rubber platform sole.

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5.5 cm


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Sole Composition
Rubber 100%
Outer Composition
Leather 100%
Lining Composition
Leather 100%
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Designer : Prada

Prada is one of the world's most coveted luxury brands. Though established in 1913 as a producer of leather goods, it wasn't until the eighties when Miuccia Prada, granddaughter of one of the founders, took creative control and expanded the brand to include signature nylon bags that Prada soared into high-fashion. By the nineties, the brand had added a ready-to-wear clothing collection and became a premium status symbol. Prada's collections, which grew in the early nineties to include menswear and a diffusion line, Miu Miu, are marked by clean lines and modern streamlined silhouettes.

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