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