New policy paper on “Communications Strategy as an Instrument for the Reintegration of the non-government controlled areas of the Donbas” released

A new policy paper on “Commu­ni­ca­tions Strategy as an Instrument for the Reinte­gration of the non-government controlled areas of the Donbas“ has been released in the framework of the project “Think Tanks in Ukraine: Strength­ening expertise and promoting European cooper­ation“. This project is led by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) in cooper­ation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation (DIF), and is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The author, Yelizaveta Rekhtman, an expert at the Donetsk organi­zation “Committee of voters of Ukraine” and the “Thinktank Donbas“, analyses possible reasons for the infor­mation vacuum in the non-government controlled areas of the Donetsk oblast, and how this situation influ­ences the intensity of the relationship between Ukraine and the residents of these areas. In one of the recom­men­da­tions, the author highlights the impor­tance of the creation of a state commu­ni­cation strategy, which could counteract the infor­mation vacuum and create the condi­tions to clarify state policy in the afore­men­tioned region. Such a strategy would include the expla­nation of scenarios for the reinte­gration and devel­opment of those areas, and would provide a basis for the calming of social tensions and increasing of loyalty to Ukraine. In terms of the agree­ments resulting from the Minsk and Normandy Formats, the existence of a space with free and compet­itive infor­mation – as well as security and the estab­lishment of full control over Ukraine’s border with the Russian Feder­ation – is a requisite precon­dition for the imple­men­tation of elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Such an exchange of infor­mation will allow the citizens of these regions that are not controlled by Ukraine to make a delib­erate and willful choice.

The complete policy paper can be found in German as a PDF file.


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