Read More On...

Men's/Women's - CARVELA JEMMA excellent - excellent JEMMA finishing 4d9f8f

The Real Opportunity Behind the Media Spectacle

By Michael Kimmage

About the Author:

Patrizia Pepe Ankle Boot - Women Patrizia Pepe Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11324289GG,Mm6 Maison Margiela Platform Ankle Boots,Mr/Ms - PAOLO VANDINI NAPLEY - welcomeInk Ankle Boot - Women Ink Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11474013GM,Toga Pulla AJ006 BootsStuart Weitzman Tieland Boots,Saint Laurent Tribute Sandals,Givenchy Paris Strap SneakersJanet & Janet Ankle Boot - Women Janet & Janet Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11516983IJ,Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Starland Sneakers,Ovye' By Cristina Lucchi Ankle Boot - Women Ovye' By Cristina Lucchi Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11456649QJ,Giuseppe Zanotti Ankle Boot - Women Giuseppe Zanotti Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11546429KO,Mina Buenos Aires Ankle Boot - Women Mina Buenos Aires Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11468430EG,Geox Ankle Boot - Women Geox Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11541899UG,Giuseppe Zanotti Ankle Boot - Women Giuseppe Zanotti Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11275843UU,Gianvito Rossi Ankle Boot - Women Gianvito Rossi Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11213871RB,Tod's Slip-on Ankle Boots,Jimmy Choo Oakland Sneakers,Buscemi 100mm Sport Sneakers,Maison Margiela Tabi Ankle Boots,Lorbac Ankle Boot - Women Lorbac Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11502750PL,Leonardo Principi Ankle Boot - Women Leonardo Principi Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11537282NO,Giuseppe Zanotti Ankle Boot - Women Giuseppe Zanotti Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11545594QKPenelope Ankle Boot - Women Penelope Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11496133BO,Khrio' Ankle Boot - Women Khrio' Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11477625AJ,Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Hi-top Trainers,Aquazzura Powder Puff Slingbacks,Gusto Ankle Boot - Women Gusto Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11285987GH,Kendall+Kylie Back Stud Ankle Boots,Hundred 100 Ankle Boot - Women Hundred 100 Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11516375GJMICHAEL 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...

Men's/Women's - CARVELA JEMMA excellent - excellent JEMMA finishing 4d9f8f

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.

Continue