First episode of new IEP podcast UkraineMEMO released

Here you can access episode #1 of our new podcast UkraineMEMO with the title “Between independent research and taking a political stance – Challenges for Ukrainian and German think tanks” – We hope you will enjoy listening!

IEP-Podcast UkraineMEMO · #1 Unabhängig forschen und politisch Position beziehen: Ukrainische und deutsche Think-Tanks

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The first episode of UkraineMEMO deals, in a compar­ative German-Ukrainian perspective, with a special group of civil society actors: think tanks. The episode seeks to answer the following questions: What are think tanks and how exactly do they influence the political decision-making process in Germany and Ukraine? What are the challenges that Ukrainian think tanks as repre­sen­ta­tives of organized civil society face – and how could Germany support think tanks in Ukraine more effec­tively? To get these questions answered, we listen to Dr Katrin Böttger, Yuriy Yakymenko and Serhiy Shapo­valov.

Dr Katrin Böttger is one of the two directors of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP). She explains the specific German under­standing of think tanks and how the German think tank landscape has developed – also in comparison to other European countries.

Yuriy Yakymenko is the president of a leading think tank from Kyiv: The Razumkov Centre. He provides insights on the struc­tural challenges that Ukrainian think tanks are facing and how they support Ukrainian policy­makers in formu­lating draft legis­lation.

In our conver­sation with Serhiy Shapo­valov, who works as a political analyst at the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation (DIF) in Kyiv, the relationship between think tanks and politics in general will be examined. At this point, we also learn more about the mode of cooper­ation between think tanks and the current government.

The podcast is moderated by IEP project managers Ljudmyla Melnyk and Marie-Thérèse Schreiber.


In the scope of its new podcast series UkraineMEMO: Inter­views, Analysis, Policy Advice, the IEP presents new perspec­tives on Ukraine, the most populous and largest country in terms of territory within the Eastern Partnership, which is under­going profound social change, especially since the Revolution of Dignity in 2014.

IEP project managers Ljudmyla Melnyk and Marie-Thérèse Schreiber will discuss new devel­op­ments in the fields of Ukrainian politics, economy and society with expert guests from Germany and Ukraine, thus providing an insight into local events that move the country. Ukraine’s relations with Germany and Europe will be kept in mind at all times.

The Podcast is a part of the Project German Ukrainian Researchers Network (GURN). GURN aims at estab­lishing a German-Ukrainian research network for junior and senior researchers and their organ­i­sa­tions, strength­ening country expertise and promoting joint cooper­ation projects. GURN is conducted in close cooper­ation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation (DIF, Kyiv), the think tank devel­opment and research initiative think twice UA (Kyiv), the New Europe Center (NEC, Kyiv) and is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office.


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