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Lera Toropin

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U.S.-Russia Relations Intern

Expertise: U.S.-Russia relations, protest movements, Russia-Ukraine conflict, track II and III diplomacy, international security

Lera Toropin is currently a Master’s candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is pursuing dual degrees in Global Policy Studies and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, specializing in security, law, and diplomacy. She earned her B.A. in Japanese at Penn State University.

She previously worked in cultural exchange program development, taught in Japan, and served as the diplomatic assistant for Congressional Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. She is a heritage Russian speaker.

In her free time, Lera enjoys baking, swimming, podcasting, and playing tabletop RPGs.

Recent Posts

Biden-Zelensky Summit: pipelines and peace up for discussion

Posted on: August 20th, 2021

ASP in the News: Senior Fellow David Haines on WAVY

Posted on: August 16th, 2021

Assessing the Playing Field for a Boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics

Posted on: August 12th, 2021

ASP in the News: Adjunct Fellow Matt Zeller in CNN

Posted on: August 2nd, 2021

The Careful Balancing Act of Military Exercises

Posted on: July 19th, 2021