Read More On...

Leo Studio Design Espadrilles - Women Leo Studio Design Australia Espadrilles online on Australia Design - 11573909JK ad1405

The Real Opportunity Behind the Media Spectacle

By Michael Kimmage

About the Author:

Geox Pump - Women Geox Pumps online on Australia - 11541139QN,E8 By Miista Felix - Mules - Women E8 By Miista Mules online on Australia - 11469009NI,Franco Colli Pump - Women Franco Colli Pumps online on Australia - 11471392IIGarrice Open-Toe Mules - Women Garrice Open-Toe Mules online on United Kingdom - 11300697RT,Lorenzo Masiero Boots - Women Lorenzo Masiero Boots online on Australia - 11554687AAJil Sander Loafers - Women Jil Sander Loafers online on Australia - 11400213SU3.1 Phillip Lim Loafers - Women 3.1 Phillip Lim Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11050025LD,Fitflop Loafers - Women Fitflop Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11176592DC,Charlotte Olympia Pump - Women Charlotte Olympia Pumps online on Australia - 11487438XT,F.Lli Bruglia Loafers - Women F.Lli Bruglia Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11518345CF,Santoni Loafers - Women Santoni Loafers online on Australia - 11471115PP,Measponte® Loafers - Women Measponte® Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11532829CC,Fabio Rusconi Pump - Women Fabio Rusconi Pumps online on Australia - 11097465FM,8 Loafers - Women 8 Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11429987LB,C.Waldorf Pump - Women C.Waldorf Pumps online on Australia - 11462167TXJeffrey Campbell Pump - Women Jeffrey Campbell Pumps online on Australia - 11465417NX,Aldo Castagna Sandals - Women Aldo Castagna Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11378565SE,Chloé Mules - Women Chloé Mules online on Australia - 11484900JIChiarini Bologna Pump - Women Chiarini Bologna Pumps online on Australia - 11534506OF,L' Autre Chose Pump - Women L' Autre Chose Pumps online on Australia - 11368493AS,Libero Loafers - Women Libero Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11143927UK,Sergio Rossi Flip Flops - Women Sergio Rossi Flip Flops online on Australia - 11411832VVStiù Loafers - Women Stiù Loafers online on Australia - 11404027QK,Guess Pump - Women Guess Pumps online on Australia - 11467626IL,Ottod'ame Boots - Women Ottod'ame Boots online on Australia - 11511652SK,Khrio' Loafers - Women Khrio' Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11491906OQ,Calpierre Pump - Women Calpierre Pumps online on Australia - 11548260SVLanvin Loafers - Women Lanvin Loafers online on Australia - 11503369BE,Paloma Barceló Boots - Women Paloma Barceló Boots online on Australia - 11225408PF,Unisa Loafers - Women Unisa Loafers online on Australia - 11519604LX,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.

    Textile fibers
    plain weave, logo, multicolor pattern, round toeline, flatform, fabric inner, rubber sole
    Heel height 3 cm, Platform height 3 cm
Loading, please wait...