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№19 (27), 21 December 2016  
Foreign Policy Audit: Ukraine-Japan. Institute of World Policy

Institute of World Policy prepared a research paper on Ukraine-Japan relations, highlighting such topics as: Ukraine’s interests toward Japan and Japan’s interests toward Ukraine, the political, economic and technical dimensions of interaction, interest groups and groups of influence, existing and potential conflicts and risks in bilateral relations.

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Special edition of Inside Ukraine: “Ukraine in 2016: Achievements and Challenges”. International Centre for Policy Studies

In a special issue of Inside Ukraine: «Ukraine in 2016: Achievements and Challenges” experts and analysts of the International Centre for Policy Studies carried out a final review of the process of decision-making in the context of the implementation of the reforms in 2016, Ukraine’s foreign policy in 2016, economic trends and forecast and analysis of risks and opportunities for the political situation in 2017.

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Revolution Lessons and Long-Term Outlook: Focus on Ukraine. Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation

How to define the nature of Euromaidan phenomenon and what were its' primary objectives: the results of the experts' survey to commemorate the third anniversary of Revolution of Dignity, vary in different definitions. What factors lie behind series of protests in the capital of Ukraine and what are the results of the EU-Ukraine Summit? Find out more about these topics in the latest edition of the bulletin.
 

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Association for Community Self-organization Assistance conducted a comprehensive interregional research of public involvement in the process of consolidation and development of local communities in six regions of Ukraine: Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv, Lugansk, Mykolaiv and Odesa regions.
Two Pro-European Civil Society Platforms in Ukraine: The Year in Review. Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

2016 has become a changing year for the two Ukrainian civil society platforms which specifically focus on European integration reforms: the Ukrainian Side of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform (UA CSP) and the Ukrainian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Forum (UNP). The two Platforms are aimed at monitoring pro-European reforms in Ukraine and advocating for necessary changes. Previously the work was of limited effectiveness. This year, however, with the beginning of the EU-funded Civic Synergy Project, run by the International Renaissance Foundation, the Platforms started a new page in their history.

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The latest infographic highlighting @UNDPUkraine support to recovery in #Donbas
Events in Ukraine (reports):
 
02.12.2016. Kyiv: Conference by Institute of World Policy: "How to Make Ukrainian-Polish History Less Toxic"
05.12.2016. Kyiv: Public debate by Institute of World Policy: "What is after the Budapest Memorandum?" 
 
Upcoming events:
 
21.12.2016. Kyiv: Kyiv: Foreign Policy Forum by Institute of World Policy
“Deoligarchisation” in Ukraine: Promising Visions, Murky Realities. Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik

After President Poroshenko’s announcement of a launch of “deoligarchisation” process in 2015, not much has happened. Certain efforts have been made to curb the influence of oligarchs with respect to media legislation and financing political parties. However, these reforms have not yet been implemented effectively. This publication offers a comprehensive analysis of deoligarchisation process in Ukraine and lists recommendations for further reform.

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Ukraine Is on the Brink of Media Freedom. Chatham House

Ukrainian business moguls still own seven of the country’s eight major TV stations. But, three years after mass protests gripped the nation, demanding political and social reform, the old system continues to resist change – including to its media.

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The Peninsula as an Island. Crimea in its' Third Year Since Annexation. Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia

More than two and a half years after its annexation, Crimea is more reminiscent of an island than a peninsula. If this situation does not change, within a generation the peninsula may be fully integrated with Russia, due to the bridges being constructed over the Kerch Strait, as well as the expansion of Russian media and cultural ties. This publication overviews the recent developments in Crimean political and socio-cultural environment and offers perspective scenarios for the Ukrainian peninsula.

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Events on Ukraine in the world (reports):
 
01.12.2016. Brussels: by Wilfred Martens Centre for European Studies "Understanding Kremlin’s influence in Central and Eastern Europe"
06.12.2016. Brussels: Presentation by Centre for European Policy:
Views of Ukrainians three years after the Euromaidan
07.12.2016. Brussels: Conference by Wilfred Martens Centre for European Studies and Hanns Seidel Foundation: “The European Agenda under the Maltese EU Presidency”
Trust and unity between Ukraine and international community, but without Russia – a basis for modernisation and security of Ukraine

On the 6th of December 2016, the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels in cooperation with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and with the support of the U.S. Mission to the EU held a high-level conference entitled “Securing the Modernisation of Ukraine”. The conference, which was attended by about 90 people, covered the themes of Security and Progress in reforms in Ukraine.

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Appeal of the civil society organizations of Ukraine to the EU to pave the way to visa liberalisation for the Ukrainian citizens.

The Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels together with the Reanimation Package of Reforms and other civil society organizations of Ukraine addressed the European Parliament, the President and the members of the European Council with the appeal to approve as soon as possible the suspension mechanism for third countries’ visa liberalization in order to pave the way for lifting visas for Ukrainians.

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International Renaissance Foundation conducted series of interviews with representatives of leading Ukrainian think tanks and civil society organisations. Olena Prystayko, Executive Director of the Office shared her thoughts on the perspectives of think tanks role in shaping the foreign policy.
UPCOMING EVENTS

The Brussels UkraineLab: Fair of Project Ideas in Support of Reforms in Ukraine will take place on 22 February 2017.

The event is the platform for exchange of ideas on research and policy-related projects on Ukraine. This ongoing project of the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels (further – UTTLOB) was initiated to meet the needs of those engaged in promoting democratic transformations and reforms in Ukraine. We will bring together representatives from the Ukrainian and the EU think tanks, governmental institutions, donors and foundations, academia, consultancies and business associations.

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