Podcast | Episode 3: Russia is Listening. So Should You!

Co-founder Edward Mahabir sits down with Nations & States managing editor Luke Drabyn and contributing writer, Nick Tonckens to discuss the state of U.S.-Russia relations, Russia’s involvement in Europe, the Middle East, and the former Soviet space, and Russia’s domestic politics.

Length: 00:50:46
Host: Edward Mahabir
Guests: Luke Drabyn, Nick Tonckens

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Image: Kremlin at Night (Edward Mahabir)


Luke A. Drabyn is a former U.S. Fulbright Student based in Kiev, Ukraine. He has worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Department of State, and the American Enterprise Institute. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where he double majored in government and legal studies and Russian language, and is currently pursuing his master’s degree at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.


Edward Mahabir is a Program Assistant for the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously interned for U.S. Senator Angus S. King, Jr., the Center for Democracy in the Americas, and World Learning. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where he double majored in history and eastern European studies, and minored in government. His honors thesis, “Imagery and Empire: Visual Representation and Political Authority in Imperial Russia, 1762–1917” was awarded the Dr. Samuel and Rose A. Bernstein Prize for Excellence in European History.


Nick Tonckens is a Russian Studies Intern at the American Enterprise Institute. He previously worked at the Wilson Center and the Massachusetts Senate. Nick is an alumnus of Bowdoin College and Phillips Academy, and recently returned from Russia where he served as a Critical Language Scholar.

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