Think Tank Summit for a European Ukraine Briefing Paper
14 MAR 2014 Report
The Polish Institute of International Affairs presents the Think Tank Summit for a European Ukraine Briefing Paper, summarizing the main points of the debate held on 5 March in Warsaw.Think Tank Summit for a European Ukraine Briefing Paper
The Polish Institute of International Affairs presents the Think Tank Summit for a European Ukraine Briefing Paper, summarizing the main points of the debate held on 5 March in Warsaw.

Main recommendations:
•    The West should provide support to Ukraine and step up pressure on Russia in order to show that the intervention in Crimea has crossed a “red line” in Europe;

•    The upcoming presidential election in Ukraine, scheduled for 25 May, need to be free and fair, which will require Western support in terms of long-term election observation, tight monitoring of campaign finances, refraining from privileging specific political figures, and keeping open channels of communication with all political forces, including the Party of Regions;

•    The formation of an independent anti-corruption authority with broad powers is necessary. The issue of fighting corruption—from higher echelons of power to everyday bribes—can be a significant uniting factor for all Ukrainians;

•    External financial and technical support of international financial institutions should be contingent on strict IMF conditionality for key reforms to be carried out under a public advisory body;

•    The new government should prioritise those reforms likely to secure immediate, tangible results within the next three months: the primary aims are to reform the country’s judiciary system and secure property rights;

•    The EU needs to go beyond the use of soft power and employ economic pressure, mindful of the vulnerability of Russian businesses. In NATO, a package of measures should be prepared for Kyiv, including direct security assurances, support with equipment, and technical assistance on defence planning and intelligence sharing.


 “Think Tank Summit for a European Ukraine” was held on 5 March. It was hosted by the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), co-organised with the Atlantic Council of the United States, Carnegie Europe, and the European Commission, and co-financed by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. For more information on the summit, see http://www.pism.pl/conferences/Leading_Global_Think_Tanks_Call_for_a_European_Ukraine_at_PISM_Summit.  


Think Tank Summit for a European Ukraine Briefing Paper