Leonid Litra and Ivane Chkhikvadze, the leading experts of the Institute of World Policy (IWP), presented the draft policy brief “Membership perspective for Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine: impossible, forgotten or hidden?” within the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum in Kyiv, on November 20, 2015.

“The result of the reforms in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine could be described as insufficient for sustainable change and Europeanization, but enough for an officially recognized EU membership perspective. Therefore, the three associated countries need to prepare the bid for EU membership by setting up a special task-force that would prepare the application and would study the Balkan experience”, – said Leonid Litra, presenting the draft of his research.

Mykola Khavronyuk, the analyst of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform (CPLR), has released an analitical article “Attack in Paris: Conclusions for Ukraine”. It analyzes Ukrainian conception of fighting terrorism which increasingly gains importance after the attack in Paris.

Following Mykola Khavronyuk, continuous terrorist attacks in the various countries urge to think whether Ukraine is ready to fight terrorism. As shows experience of the Antiterroristic Centre of the Security Service in the beginning of 2014, Ukraine is not ready to stop terrorism. Terrorism has been stopped by the military forces and volunteers, while Security Service since 1990s has been actively engaging in fighting smugglers.

Alyona Getmanchuk, Director of the Institute of World Policy (IWP) has reflected on how the exit of Britain from the EU might influence Ukrainian Hopes for the European future.

The possibility Britain could withdraw from the EU is not yet a subject of public discussion in Ukraine. The issue and its implications for Ukraine have not been discussed amongst experts, raised in analytical elaborations or discussed in the media.

Anders Aslund, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation at Kyiv (IEAC) has published an analytical article “Ukraine Must Not Pay Russia Back”.

On December 20, Ukraine is supposed to pay Russia $3 billion in return for a Eurobond that Russian President Vladimir Putin issued in December 2013. However, the expert claims that Ukraine has no reason to pay.

Moscow’s war has caused major damage to Ukraine, says the expert as he analyzes the damage and devastation which were caused by the Russian troops in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Ukraine has no reason to pay such an aggressor; in fact, Russia ought to pay reparations to Ukraine, summarizes Anders Aslund.

Democratic Initiatives Foundation has issued analytical material “The Visa-free Epic in Ukraine: Did It Miss the EU Train Again?”. It gives an overview of the recent events concerning the visa free regime for Ukraine and political passions around its preparation.

The events of last week have all the chances of being the last and successful step towards the start of preparations of the European Union to a positive decision in granting Ukraine a visa-free regime. However, a number of important bills were not passed by the Ukrainian parliament in the form that meets the requirements of visa-free dialog with the EU. What stands behind these political passions? And most importantly, what does this mean for Ukraine being granted a visa-free regime?

The Institute of World Policy (IWP) has just released a new digest “Ukrainian debates in Vienna and reformation of security sector”. The newsletter includes analytics and publications of experts of IWP in October, 2015.

The topics addressed in the newsletter are:

  • EU helps Ukraine to reform the security sector;
  • reforms in Ukraine: Vienna perspective;
  • the exhibitions of political cartoons;
  • the first year of EUAM in Ukraine.

Download the newsletter (in Ukrainian)

Iryna Sushko and Kateryna Kulchytska, the analysts of the Ukrainian think tank Europe Without Barriers, have released an analytical article “Is Ukraine a ‘migration threat’ to the EU?”.

The experts claim that despite political unrest and military conflict in Donbas,  Ukraine does not pose a “migration threat” to the EU and has implemented the measures that have been asked of it.

The EU is happy with Ukraine’s progress in implementing the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP) Ukrainian officials say. Indeed, at the end of August, Jean-Claude Juncker called the progress “enormous” and said that the Commission intends by the end of the year to propose visa liberalisation, but he warned that “the final decision has to be made by the member states”.

The institute of World Policy (ІWP) launched a new initiative. It addresses the foreign affairs of Ukraine not only from the perspective of the experts of the research centres but also political cartoonists. 

IWP tackled the topic of visa-free regime for Ukraine. It represented the illustration by the well-known cartoonist Oleg Smal. It depicts notoriusly known General Prosecutor of Ukraine, Viktor Shokin, who retards the impementation of visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU.

View the cartoons and read more (in Ukrainian).

 

The Institute of World Policy (IWP) has issued a policy brief “EUAM’s First Year: Ambitions vs Reality”. The policy brief reviews the activity of the European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine). The policy brief analyzes to what extent the mission mandate corresponds to Ukraine`s needs, whether the cooperation of the EUAM Ukraine and the Ukrainian partnerts is efficient and which prospetives does it have.

Alyona Getmanchuk, Leonid Litra, and Sergiy Solodkyy, the leading experts of the Institute of World Policy, participated in the research project “Prospective on Ukraine Crisis. A Trilateral Approach”. The study is a result of a common effort of three teams coming from Romania, Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine.