Luke A. Drabyn

Something Wicked This Way Comes: Ukrainian Local Elections And Post-Maidan Madness

On October 25, millions of Ukrainians rushed to polling stations nationwide and casted votes to elect roughly 170,000 city and regional officials. Last held in 2010, these local elections, considered by some to be the most important in the country’s history, will take place amid chaos.

As Diplomacy Lies Dying: Why U.S. Reliance on Hard Power Leaves the 21st Century Less Safe

  Promoting global peace and security through aggression—backed by $610 billion in defense expenditures—will ultimately result in a more dangerous 21st century. Rather, the United States should redistribute funds toward programs that will foster enduring peace—particularly through language learning, geography, and international exchange.  

Promoting a Ukraine-EU Agenda on Human Trafficking

Ukraine has one of the highest levels of human trafficking in Europe. Over 120,000 Ukrainian men, women, and children have been exploited for labor and sex since the country became independent in 1991. The Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit in Riga, Latvia provides a valuable forum to discuss collaboration on human trafficking between the European Union (EU) and Ukraine. For…

The UN’s New Year’s ‘Resolution’: Combating Piracy Off of Somalia

In all likelihood, today’s pirates have neither hooks for hands nor witty parrots perched on their shoulders. What they do have, however, are rocket-propelled grenades, advanced global positioning systems, and modernized skiffs capable of quickly pursuing cargo ships and taking innocent people hostage.

Something Wicked This Way Comes: Ukrainian Local Elections And Post-Maidan Madness

On October 25, millions of Ukrainians rushed to polling stations nationwide and casted votes to elect roughly 170,000 city and regional officials. Last held in 2010, these local elections, considered by some to be the most important in the country’s history, will take place amid chaos.

As Diplomacy Lies Dying: Why U.S. Reliance on Hard Power Leaves the 21st Century Less Safe

  Promoting global peace and security through aggression—backed by $610 billion in defense expenditures—will ultimately result in a more dangerous 21st century. Rather, the United States should redistribute funds toward programs that will foster enduring peace—particularly through language learning, geography, and international exchange.  

Promoting a Ukraine-EU Agenda on Human Trafficking

Ukraine has one of the highest levels of human trafficking in Europe. Over 120,000 Ukrainian men, women, and children have been exploited for labor and sex since the country became independent in 1991. The Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit in Riga, Latvia provides a valuable forum to discuss collaboration on human trafficking between the European Union (EU) and Ukraine. For…

The UN’s New Year’s ‘Resolution’: Combating Piracy Off of Somalia

In all likelihood, today’s pirates have neither hooks for hands nor witty parrots perched on their shoulders. What they do have, however, are rocket-propelled grenades, advanced global positioning systems, and modernized skiffs capable of quickly pursuing cargo ships and taking innocent people hostage.