Read More On...

Gentleman/Lady KINETICAL - CARVELA KURT GEIGER KINETICAL Gentleman/Lady - value 8b6fb2

The Real Opportunity Behind the Media Spectacle

By Michael Kimmage

About the Author:

Nicholas Kirkwood 18mm Beya LoafersPrada Knee Length Boots,Jimmy Choo Romy 85 Glitter Pumps,Men's/Women's - Asics GEL-DS Sneakers - explosion table,Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Heeled Sandals,Mr/Ms - CARVELA LIVIA - superb processingAttico Anita Ballerina FlatsNicholas Kirkwood Beya MulesGiuseppe Zanotti Ankle Boot - Women Giuseppe Zanotti Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11523061NWMan/Woman - PAOLO VANDINI OAKDALE - moderate cost,Salvatore Ferragamo Groove X PumpsPrada Varnished Slingback Pumps,Prada Ankle Boot - Women Prada Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11237997HK,Castañer Rocio Espadrille MulesProenza Schouler Block Heel Sandals,Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Bow PumpsMen/Women - MISS KG DORY - color eye-catchingGiampaolo Viozzi Ankle Boot - Women Giampaolo Viozzi Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11475967RO,Gentleman/Lady - KG KURT GEIGER MANSEL - Various goodsZeferino Patent Leather Sandals,Nike Air Max 1 Sneakers,Mr/Ms - NINE WEST NOZINDEL3 - Tao,Gentleman/Lady - CARVELA GABLE - elegant dignity,Lemaré Ankle Boot - Women Lemaré Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11560537BF,Pieces Ankle Boot - Women Pieces Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11568720IBMan/Woman - CARVELA ADMIN - color eye-catching,Manolo Blahnik BB 90 Pumps,Emilio Pucci Capri Print Espadrilles,Neous Square-toe Strap Mules,Patrizia Pepe Ankle Boot - Women Patrizia Pepe Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11432150VH,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.

Loading, please wait...

Gentleman/Lady KINETICAL - CARVELA KURT GEIGER KINETICAL Gentleman/Lady - value 8b6fb2

Get the latest news delivered weekly right to your inbox.

Related Articles

This site uses cookies to improve your user experience. Click here to learn more.