Berlin Policy Hub’s Georgian and Moldovan guests conclude their first visits to Berlin

In the last week of April our Berlin Policy Hub team hosted two delega­tions from partner think tanks in Georgia and Moldova for their first research and networking visits to Berlin. The delegation of the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) consisted of the director, Kornely Kakachia, as well as two researchers, Renata Skardziute-Kereselidze and Levan Kakhishvili, while the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE), a Moldovan think tank, was repre­sented by Stanislav Ghiletchi, project manager and research associate.

During their stay our guests attended several meetings with German researchers including repre­sen­ta­tives from the German Institute for Inter­na­tional and Security Affairs (SWP), the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP),  the Centre for East European and Inter­na­tional Studies (ZOiS), the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), the Center for Liberal Moder­nity (LibMod), the Robert-Bosch Foundation and the Körber Foundation. During these meetings the respective research areas and fields of activ­ities of the insti­tu­tions as well as current topics in the bilateral relations between Georgia/Moldova and Germany were discussed and new ideas on cooper­ation laid out.

The Berlin Policy Hub project is part of the “Europeanization beyond process” initiative funded by the Open Society Founda­tions. It aims at connecting Eastern European Think Tanks with their German counter­parts in order to enhance the exchange of knowledge and ideas and encourage new ways of cooper­ation. Researchers from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are given the oppor­tunity to present their research to German experts and decision-makers and to promote a better under­standing of topics of relevance for their home countries.

We are looking back on an inter­esting and intensive week and forward to the upcoming visits of our partners.