Read More On...

Bianca Di Sandals - Women Bianca Di Sandals online on 11474934BU United Kingdom - 11474934BU on 92bdd3

The Real Opportunity Behind the Media Spectacle

By Michael Kimmage

About the Author:

Gioseppo Sandals - Women Gioseppo Sandals online on Australia - 11576098FGRed ROBERTO D'ANGELO Sneakers ELY,Alberto Guardiani Sneakers - Women Alberto Guardiani Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11567979KT,Mauro Grifoni Sandals - Women Mauro Grifoni Sandals online on Australia - 11564502TR,Blue OMODA High boots 4293,Gaimo Sandals - Women Gaimo Sandals online on United Kingdom - 44743251VK,Converse Cons Pro Leather Vulc Mid Leather - Sneakers - Women Converse Cons Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11114300RT,Schutz Sandals - Women Schutz Sandals online on Australia - 11458149UP,Asfvlt Sneakers - Women Asfvlt Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11340070WNSam Edelman Sandals - Women Sam Edelman Sandals online on Australia - 44928319QNJimmy Choo Sandals - Women Jimmy Choo Sandals online on Australia - 11528141RU,Papillio By Birkenstock Sandals - Women Papillio By Birkenstock Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11150810WOBlack GUESS Sneakers FLGLN3 LEA12,Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Sandals - Women Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11190102NC,Bruno Premi Sandals - Women Bruno Premi Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11398948KW,Divine Follie Sandals - Women Divine Follie Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11570413QD,Racine Carrée Sandals - Women Racine Carrée Sandals online on Australia - 11350850AP,Sam Edelman Sandals - Women Sam Edelman Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11516927TD,D.A.T.E. Sneakers - Women D.A.T.E. Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11534537RJ,Rodo Sandals - Women Rodo Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11454215MRStuart Weitzman Pump - Women Stuart Weitzman Pumps online on Australia - 11537872MGSpace Style Concept Sandals - Women Space Style Concept Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11335899TG,Pedro García Sandals - Women Pedro García Sandals online on Australia - 11399826DA,V Italia Pump - Women V Italia Pumps online on Australia - 11171113RM,Black SHOESME Sneakers UR8W049Black PANAMA JACK Chelsea boots BRIGITTE IGLOO TRAVELLING B2,Bernie Mev. Sneakers - Women Bernie Mev. Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11568861TD,Chiara Ferragni Sneakers - Women Chiara Ferragni Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11493134ONLoretta Pettinari Sandals - Women Loretta Pettinari Sandals online on Australia - 11550105EB,White SUPERGA Sneakers 2790 COTCOLOROPEW,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.
    100% Soft Leather
    buckle, basic solid colour, buckling ankle strap closure, round toeline, geometric heel, covered heel, leather lining, rubber sole, contains non-textile parts of animal origin
    Heel height 3.51 inches
Loading, please wait...