Democratic Initiatives Foundation organized the roundtable “Local Elections Have Been Held: What`s Next?”. The participants discussed possible influence which the results of local elections might have on the future of Ukraine and its political system.

Director of Democratic Initiatives Foundation and event moderator Iryna Bekeshkina stressed that Ukraine nowadays does not have a stable political system. Since 2007 only two political parties have survived. They are “Batkivshchyna” and “Svoboda”. Both parties participated in the parliamentary elections and could be considered to be stable, although both parties had their failures.

The experts also noticed that support of the pro-Russian political parties has decreased, while support of the pro-European forces has strengthened.

Stronger Together presented the results of the monitoring of how Ukraine implements the reforms “Road Map of Eurointegration Reforms”. The results of the monitoring were presented by Lyubov Akulenko, coordinator of “Stronger Together” information campaign during the discussion “Launching the Free Trade Area – 2016: mission possible?” that was held at Ukraine Crisis Media Center (UCMC) in the framework of the Ukraine Reforms Communications Taskforce project. 

From the monitoring appears that antimonopoly and energy reforms, public procurement are 2015 leaders among compliance criteria for the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). According to the monitoring results Ukrainian customs is the slowest institution to adjust to the working conditions based on the EU standards.

Democratic Initiatives Foundation organized the roundtable “Results of Local Elections: Decentralization Prospective”. The participants discussed possible influence which the results of local elections might have on the process of decentralization in Ukraine.

On 13 November 2015 the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation has held a press-conference where it presented the results of the nationwide public opinion poll. The poll was conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation in conjunction with the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) over the period October 9-19, 2015.

The Ukrainian Centre for Independent Political Research (UCIPR)  organized two trainings “School of Dialogue and Communication”. The trainings took place on 4-7th November in Kyiv.

On the trainings, the NGO activists and experts of the leading Ukrainian think tanks discussed the questions of the communication in the civil society and establishing a dialogue about democracy development.

The events were conducted in the framework of the project “Democratic transit in Ukraine after Maydan: Challenges and Decisions” with support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

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On November 9, 2015 Razumkov Centre presented the 15th edition of the Ukrainian version of the SIPRI Yearbook: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security.

SIPRI Yearbook 2014 covers the period up to the end of the year 2014 – the moment when the Russia-Ukraine crisis, which radically changed the European and global security environment erupted. From today’s perspective the “pre-war” Yearbook, its findings and conclusions present even greater interest than at the time it was first published by SIPRI in English.

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The Institute of World Policy (IWP) organized the International Exhibition of Political Cartoons at the Odesa National University. The exhibition is open till the 30th, November 2015.

The exhibition features more than 30 cartoons by the leading political cartoonists from Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia, and the USA.

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On 16th September 2015 Razumkov Centre presented the results of the project “Ukraine’s Party System Before and After the Maidan: Changes, Trends, and Public Demands”.

The project “Ukraine’s Party System Before and After the Maidan: Changes, Trends, and Public Demands” was caused by the need to understand dramatic changes in the party system which occurred over the last years, and, in fact, led to the Maidan and partly were a result of its victory.

The report analyses the last two stages of the evolution of the party system – 2010-2013 and from February 2014 to date.

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On the 22nd of October 2015, the Institute of World Policy held the discussion “How the EU helps Ukraine in reformation of security sector?”.

 04.09.2015 ІWP organized the training on methodology of analytical research for experts of the leading Ukrainian analytical centers.
Trainer: Dr. Martin Brusis, Managing Director of the project network „Institutions and Institutional Change in Postsocialism“ ( Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München).
The training included discussion of the following topics:
  • research process (theory and hypothesis; causality and causal explanation; explanatory and response variables);
  • qualitative and quantitative instruments in inferring descriptive and causal conclusions.

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