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№14 (22), 1 October 2016  

Foreign Policy Audit: Ukraine—Russia. Institute of World Policy

The relations between Ukraine and Russia have always been an important factor influencing the situation at both regional and global levels. The paper overviews Russian foreign policy model and gives recommendations on possible scenarios of co-existence of both countries.

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Energy Diplomacy: International Models for Ukraine. Dixi Group

The study was aimed at exploring examples of energy diplomacy policies used by the U.S. and countries in the E.U., as well as an assessment of the role of international organizations, treaties, and think tanks in shaping energy diplomacy. 


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Environmental Policy and Law: Major Developments in Environmental Protection Field. Resource & Analysis Center "Society and Environment"

Summer 2016 was full of developments in environmental policy and law in Ukraine. Yet, all reforms are at the stage of development or implementation. This document gives an overview of main environmental reforms, focusing on introduction of new laws, compliance with Paris Climate Agreement and sectoral issues.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine prepared a visual overview of results of investigation on MH17 flight shootdown.
Events in Ukraine (reports):
 
19.09.2016. Kyiv: Roundtable by Institute of World Policy: “Brexit: What Shall Be the Strategy for Ukraine?
28.09.2016. Kyiv: Roundtable by Dixi Group: “Main Challenges for the New Electric Energy Market” 
29.09.2016. Kyiv: Discussion by Institute of World Policy: "Foreign Policy Audit: Ukraine—Russia"
30.09.2016. Kyiv: Experts debate “Prism Security Debates” by Institute of World Policy: “Ukraine-EU: Perspective on Strengthening Security Cooperation”.
 
Upcoming events:
 
5.10.2016. Kyiv: Presentation of Analytical Paper by Institute of World Policy: "Foreign Policy Audit: Ukraine-Georgia"
11-12.10.2016. Kyiv: Forum on Energy (in partnership with Dixi Group): 8th International Forum and Exhibition on Sustainable Energy in Ukraine
The Consolidation of Power in Ukraine: What It Means for the West

While current government has capably steered Ukraine out of political crisis, key challenge will be holding Ukrainian political leaders accountable for radical reforms. Ukrainian political and business elites still have not effectively fought corruption and old ways of doing business. This article gives an opinion on current position of Ukraine in European action plan.

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How Ukraine Can Signal It’s Serious about Reform

To secure official loans like the IMF program, US credit guarantee, and the EU Macro-Financial loan, Ukraine needs to show a strong commitment to reform. Progress since the Euromaidan has been uneven, but some important reforms have started and progressed. Article discusses further steps that should be taken by Ukrainian government to gain trust of international investors.

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OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Ukraine 2016

Ukraine’s post-Maidan authorities have embarked upon an ambitious reform programme to improve the country’s framework for investment and strengthen the country as an attractive investment destination. This review analyses the general investment framework as well as recent reform, and shows where further efforts are necessary.

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Events in Brussels and the EU (reports):
 
20.09.2016. Brussels: Conference by CEPS: Understanding the EU’s three Association Agreements and DCFTAs with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine
27.09.2016. Brussels: Expert Roundtable by European Policy Centre: "Ukraine’s battle against corruption. Time for stocktake"
 
Upcoming events:
 
11.10.2016. Brussels: Conference by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung: “Diverging Voices Converging Policies: Visegrad States’ Reactions to the Russia-Ukraine Conflict”
12-13.10.2016. Brussels: Conference by European Dialogue: "Stuck in the Middle with You: Transatlantic Security from Syria to Ukraine"
Ukraine Reforms: Roadmap for Success

On September 26th , the Office together with the Reanimation Package of Reforms, the European Endowment for Democracy and the Institute of World Policy held a panel discussion “Ukraine Reforms: Roadmap for Success”

Dr. Olena Prystayko, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels, focused on the role of civil society in defining the reform agenda in Ukraine: a path of economic, institutional and judicial reforms that seems to be an ambitious but necessary challenge.

Panel discussion brought together representatives of European government, civil platforms and advocacy experts in order to emphasize the importance of reforms in Ukraine and to discuss ways of improving the reform process.


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Strengthening Role of the Think Tanks Considering International Experience

On September 15-16th the workshop Strengthening Role of the Think Tanks Considering International Experience took place.

During the event, representatives of Ukrainian think tanks received  recommendations on how to prepare analytical materials, which would be of a practical usage and interesting for the EU partners. Experts shared their advice on how to cooperate with the EU institutions, communicate and to promote their findings to the EU scientific area, including Germany.

Dr. Olena Prystayko, Executive Director of the Office shared her experience on cooperation with different stakeholders and secrets of successful advocacy on the EU level.


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