Terrell Jermaine Starr on Press the Button

America's flaws – and how to fix them to create better foreign and domestic policy

This week Press the Button features Terrell Jermaine Starr, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center, senior reporter at The Root, and host of the podcast Black Diplomats. Starr joins co-host Michelle Dover in discussing violence and racism's influence on US domestic policy, which in turn influences US foreign policy:

Amid the end of a contentious presidential campaign, a raging pandemic that continues to kill thousands of Americans daily, and sustained societal upheaval on issues of racial and economic injustice, Starr and Ploughshares Fund director of programs Michelle Dover spoke on Press the Button podcast about what needs to happen for the United States to begin solving the multiple crises it faces in 2021 and beyond.

As Starr says in the leading podcast dedicated to nuclear policy and national security, “Once you go through the accountability process, then that healing begins. If you don’t do that, and you ignore the pain – that’s not healing. That’s denial. That’s pushing things under the rug. And again, the ways in which America has failed to deal with this white supremacy issue manifest itself in the way that we deal with people globally. So, we hurt ourselves and we ultimately hurt people.”

You can listen to this episode of Press the Button here, or wherever you get your podcasts.

In the episode, Starr is interviewed by Michelle Dover, who leads the grantmaking team at Ploughshares Fund. Read Dover’s recent article, co-authored with Patrick T. Hiller of the War Prevention Initiative, in The National Interest.



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An engaging podcast on nuclear policy and national security, Press the Button is co-hosted by defense experts Tom Collina and Michelle Dover of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. This weekly podcast features top officials and experts discussing the latest developments on Iran, North Korea, nuclear weapons, military budgets and foreign policy. Press the Button offers diverse views on one of the most important issues of our time: preventing nuclear war. A new episode of Press the Button is available every Tuesday.

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