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Think Tanks in Ukraine: Strengthening expertise and promoting European cooperation

Think tanks play a central role in the strength­ening of the Ukrainian state by crucially contributing to the promotion of a plural­istic and democ­ratic society through their valuable research.  In order to profit from the potential influence of Ukrainian think tanks both on politics in Ukraine and on the European discourse, experts highlight the need to expand their compe­tences and integrate them in European networks.

This is precisely the purpose of the project “Think Tanks in Ukraine: Strength­ening expertise and promoting European cooper­ation”, imple­mented by the Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin, in cooper­ation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation, Kyiv, and supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. The central objec­tives are the devel­opment of insti­tu­tional compe­tences of Ukrainian think tanks and the promotion of their expertise. Concur­rently, the project strives to contribute to the strength­ening of compe­tences on Ukraine in Germany. By providing a platform for the dissem­i­nation of Ukrainian expertise through a series of publi­ca­tions, the IEP and its partners hope to shape and inform the German and European public discourse.

To these ends, inter­views with experts in Germany and Ukraine on the situation of Ukrainian think tanks will be conducted, the results of which will be published online. These also provide the basis for the imple­men­tation of workshops for repre­sen­ta­tives of Ukrainian think tanks, which will aim to enhance knowledge on writing academic publi­ca­tions, improving advocacy work, and strength­ening public relations work as well as fundraising. The partic­i­pants will subse­quently apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills to write policy papers on topics like the Eastern Partnership, Associ­ation Agreement and reform process in Ukraine, which will be published in German and in Ukrainian in an online publi­cation series. The results will be presented on a press conference in Kyiv and during a round table in Berlin.

Project Team

Dr. Katrin Böttger
Ljudmyla Melnyk