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Liubakova joins Starr to talk Belarus on the Black Diplomats podcast

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Belarus Democratic Transitions

Mon, Dec 14, 2015

Memo to Presidential Candidates: The Putin Problem Isn’t Going Away

Foreign-policy challenges will keep the next commander-in-chief up late. Analysts focus on the threat that Islamic State poses to the United States and its allies, but the Putin problem is unlikely to fade. As the candidates gear up for the next round of debates—slated for December 15 and 19—it’s time to take stock of the […]

UkraineAlert by Terrell Jermaine Starr

Russia Ukraine

Wed, Sep 16, 2015

How the West Can Stand Up to Putin

Winter is less than four months away, but Russian President Vladimir Putin is already freezing eastern Ukraine. No, I’m not talking about the possibility of Ukraine not being able to renegotiate lower gas prices this year. (That’s another issue entirely). The kind of freeze that Putin is plotting for Ukraine is political. For more than […]

UkraineAlert by Terrell Jermaine Starr

Russia Ukraine

Terrell Jermaine Starr is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and the senior reporter at The Root, where he writes about US-Russia politics and race in America. Previously, he worked at Foxtrot Alpha, a blog that focuses on military, technology, and policy. In 2016, he was FUSION’s national political correspondent covering the 2016 presidential campaign. He lived in Ukraine as a Fulbright fellow and a freelance journalist, and Georgia as a Peace Corps volunteer. Starr has more than four years of experience living in the former Soviet Union, in addition to visiting Ukraine at least three months each year since 2016. Starr has a master’s degree in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and another master’s in Journalism from the University of Illinois. He is a graduate of Philander Smith College, a historically black college and university in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he earned a bachelor’s in English. Starr, who has more than ten years of journalism experience, is currently writing the memoir of his life about how growing up with his two drug-dealing uncles helped him understand foreign policy towards Russia and understand the intersections between American white supremacy and imperialism. In 2018, Diversity in National Security Network and New America selected him as one of the top African-American experts in foreign policy and national security. Starr is also a 2018-2020 Global Strategist Association fellow, a fellowship that aims to place Black people in foreign policy discussions and positions of power. He is the founder and host of Black Diplomats, a weekly foreign policy podcast that explores the world via travel, politics, culture, and news from a Black perspective. He regularly appears on In The Thick Podcast and The Young Turks, where he provides analysis on Eastern European and US politics.