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Round Table “International Experience of Society Consolidation and Strengthening National Security”

December 18, 2009, Kyiv

The Round Table is the next in a series of round tables held by the Institute during last three years. The main goal of the event is the search of the effective ways of consolidating society in current situation.

The first session was dedicated to the issue of national identity in face of the challenges of the XXIst century.

During the second session the participants discussed the Ukrainian national idea in the context of current world trends of national consolidation.



The discussion highlighted the importance of the topic and its impact on strengthening the statehood in Ukraine.


Round Table: Information Transparency and Expert Support of Government Decisions

December 16, 2009, Kyiv

During the first session, dedicated to the influence of expert community and information transparency in the preparation and making of government decisions the participants discussed the following issues:
  • expert support of government decisions: forms and effectiveness (social councils, research institutes, civil society organizations);
  • information transparency of government decision-making process: what should it look like?





    The second session “Information transparency in government decision-making in the context of electronic governing” focused on the following issues:
  • importance of government policy and establishment of electronic democracy;
  • electronic governing as a factor of positive changes in relations between government and representatives of the third sector, experts and mass media;
  • information policy or communication policy – what do we really need?

    The event was held in the atmosphere of vivid expert discussion.


    Workshop ¹ 3 within the Standing Seminar “Program-Based Resource Management in the Security Sector”

    December 11, 2009, Kyiv

    The workshop was organized together with the Security Service of Ukraine, the DCAF, the Institute of State Security Studies and the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine.

    The main goals of the workshop:
  • to improve the understanding of the program-based resource management and its connection to other processes;
  • to identify and discuss the requirements to the process and the system of program-based resource management;
  • to identify the main actors and their roles;
  • to discuss the efficient resource management in the security sector.

    The results of the workshop permitted to outline the main trends and suggestions needed to prepare the recommendations as of the program-based resource management in Ukraine which are to be discussed during the final workshop in February 2010.


    International Conference Reform of Security Sector Management System in the Context of Developing Crisis Situations

    December 10, 2009, Kyiv

    The conference was co-sponsored by the NIISP, the DCAF and the George Marshall European Centre for Security Studies.

    During the first session the participants discussed global trends in the security sphere: approaches to forming response system to the crisis situations.

    The second session was dedicated to the security sector management system: world experience and Ukrainian reality.

    The participants supported the proposal to create the anti-crisis centre in Ukraine.


    Round Table: The Future of Security – Information Innovations

    December 4, 2009, Kyiv

    The event was held in cooperation with the “Academpress” publishing house.

    The issues discussed at the Round Table included: the State approach to information and security, disinformation of society, information technologies and technological instruments, information wars and information methodologies. Considering the importance of the problem the organizers decided to hold a series of round tables on this topic in 2010.






    International Expert Meeting on National Code of Intelligence Ethics

    December 2, 2009, Kyiv

    The expert meeting was held with the support and active participation of the DCAF and NATO experts in pursuance of recommendations of the Council of Europe.

    The first plenary session was dedicated to the role of the Code of intelligence ethics in the work of intelligence agencies.

    The second plenary session dealt with the issue of implementation of the Code of intelligence ethics.

    During the discussion the participants talked over the recommendations as of improving the project of the Code of intelligence ethics and its practical implementation in the work of intelligence agencies.


    NATIONAL CODE OF INTELLIGENCE ETHICS (draft)

    November 4, 2009, Kyiv

    We would like to sumit to a wide public debate the draft project of National Code of Intelligence Ethics, developed by Ukrainian experts in cooperation with foreign colleagues. The development of the Code follows the decision of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine with account of Recommendations 1793 (2005) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

    We invite all intelligence experts, veterans of Ukrainian special services, NGO representatives and all those who are interested in this matter to take active part in debate over the Code.

    Please, don't hesitate to send your ideas and comments on the matter on the e-mail: [email protected]

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    Seminar ¹2 "Programme Management of Resources in the Security Sphere"

    29-th September, 2009, Kyiv

    The Seminar was organized by the Security Service of Ukraine, the National Institute of International Security Problems, Geneva Center for Democratic Control over Armed Forces, Center for International Cooperation and Coordination With Organs of State Power, the Research Institute of State Security Problems, NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine.

    The purposes of the Seminar were:





    Session 1.The Resource View of Effective Management of Public Organizations Key-note addresses by:
    • Mr. Todor TAGAREV - Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Associate Senior Fellow;
    • MG (ret.) Joop van Reijn - Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.

    Session 2. Essential Features of Effective and Efficient Resource Management in the Security Sector Key-note addresses by:
    • Mr Arnold Sinisalu, Director, Legal and Administrative Department, Security Police of Estonia.
    Actively participating in discussion were representatives of state administration and scientific organizations. They expressed a great interest in producing practical recommendations for Ukraine concerning program-based resource management in the security sector. The Seminar will continue its work in November 2009.





    International Conference "Risks, threats and opportunities for the security in the enlarged Black sea region"

    25-th September 2009, Kyiv

    The National Institute of International Security Problems at the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine jointly with the Regional Representative Office of Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine and Belorussia held the conference.








    Session 1. Importance of the region for European and Global security space: growing security challenges in Black sea region
    Topics for discussion:
    • Strategic importance of the Enlarged Black Sea region for providing common European security
    • Frozen conflicts in Black Sea region as a challenge to the security and cooperation development in the region (impact of Russia-Georgia conflict for regional security)
    • Political factor of energy resources transportation in the context of escalating threats for regional security


    Session 2. Interests of main international players and their role and role of international organizations for building regional security
    Topics for discussion:
    • Key aspects of the EU Eastern policy implementation: prospects for the region’s countries. Participation of the EU in tackling security challenges.
    • Problems in cooperation between the region’s countries and NATO in responding to the asymmetric threats in the Enlarged Black Sea Region
    • Impact of the processes in the RF and US policy relating to the cooperation development in the Black Sea area upon the processes of building the regional security system
    • Evaluation of the role of other international institutions in regional stability (OSCE, etc)


    Session 3. Increasing stability in the Black sea region through enhancing development of regional cooperation
    Topics for discussion:
    • Interest of regional countries and effective cooperation on bi-tri- and multilateral level
    • Evaluation of existing regional cooperation institutions (BSEC)
    • Relevancy of enhancing the efficiency of these institutions of the security sphere or establishing new cooperation schemes in the region in order to tackle security threats
    • Options of developing a common system of evaluation of risks and threats to the security and stability in the context of building a global regional development strategy by the countries of the region


    Session 4. Role of the expert community in ensuring security of the Black sea region
    Topics for discussion:
    • Possibilities for cognitive actors to influence the decision-making mechanisms in the regional security sphere
    • Ways of enhancing the efficiency of regional project networks in the Black Sea region
    The participants underlined the urgency of the discussed problems and gave a high evaluation to the results and depth of presentations.





    Round Table Monitoring and prediction in the national security system of Ukraine

    June 25, 2009, Kyiv

    The Round Table had the format of two sessions. The First Session, entitled Monitoring and prediction in the government and non-government systems of providing national security: coordination problems concentrated on the following issues:

  • Legislative-regulatory and organizing provision of monitoring, analysis and prediction in the decision-making process in the national security system of Ukraine
  • The state and prospects of monitoring and analytic-prognostic decision support in the national security system of Ukraine
  • Analytical component of security decisions on the state, business and public structure levels
  • The problems of interconnection and interaction of government and non-government think tanks that take part in the processes of preparation, making and implementation of security decisions in Ukraine
  • The problems of interconnection and interaction of the Apparatus NSDC with government think tanks in the NSDC structure on the stages of monitoring, analysis and prediction

    During the Second Session, entitled Monitoring and prediction in the process of decisions implementation in the national security system of Ukraine the attention of the participants was concentrated in the context of the following problems:

  • The experience of electronic monitoring of the NSDC decision implementation
  • Ukraine state policy of decision realization: disadvantages and prospects
  • Difficulties of providing the balance and objectiveness of the decisions in the context of information closure and openness, information wars and operations
  • The unities of intellectual, economic and political elites, government and society as a key precondition of successful decision implementation in the national security system
  • E-government as a factor of positive changes in the processes of decision implementation in the national security system


    Seminar "Programme Management of Resources in the Security Sphere"

    June 10, 2009, Kyiv

    The Seminar was organized by the Security Service of Ukraine, the National Institute of International Security Problems, Geneva Center for Democratic Control over Armed Forces, Center for International Cooperation and Coordination With Organs of State Power, the Research Institute of State Security Problems, NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine.

    The purposes of the Seminar were: 1. Broadening of understanding of different methods in resources management and planning in the security sphere (correlation of contribution and received effectiveness during the decision-making process on resources distribution). 2. Explanation of resources management grounding made on programme basis

    During the First Session, entitled Management effectiveness of state bodies, the question of the means of effective management and the principles of high-quality management was examined. The problem of applying the principles of high-quality management in the sphere of the subject management in the security sector was considered during the discussion.

    During the Second Session, entitled Approaches to effective resources management in the security sector, the participants listened to the report on strategic approach to resource management in the security and defense sphere: Great Britain's judgment by Mr. Stephen Glover - Special Adviser on security and defense issues - and to the report on comparative advantages of the approaches to resource management in the security sector by Mr. Todor Tagarev - Associated Senior Fellow of Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces. During the discussion urgent problems of planning on the programme basis as a method of effective resource management in the security sphere were considered.

    The Seminar will continue its work in September and November 2009.


    Round Table Actual Problems of the Transport and Communication Security in Baltic, Black Sea and Caspian Regions

    May 15, 2009, Kyiv

    The Round Table included analysis of the present stage, problems and prospects caused by implementation of the transport and communication projects in Ukraine and in the region in whole; political and economic dimensions of fulfillment of the national interests by Ukraine in this sphere. The event was intended to collect the materials and recommendations for decision-making process by the NSDC on the questions of economic infrastructure system development of Ukraine.

    The First Session entitled The Questions of the State Regulation and Foreign Political Support of the Transport and Communication Sphere concentrated on the following questions: organizing interaction of Baltic, Black Sea and Caspian regional structures, influence of contradictory/undecided questions of bilateral relations of the region countries, foreign economic aspects of the national interest protection in the transport sphere, especially custom support of transport communication functioning and frontier control.

    The Second Session, entitled The Questions of the National Interest Protection in the Transport Sphere was dedicated to discussing of actual branch problems of efficient system of transport industry management, realization of the anti-crisis measures in the context of interaction with the neighboring markets; regional aspects and prospects of realization of the transport policy; complex development of the transport network of the Central and South Ukraine, Ukraines place in the context of changes in the transport policy in the Eurasian area; the state of problems and prospects of functioning of the transport branch of Ukraine in the system of the international transport corridors.

    The Third Session, entitled The Problems of Information Security, Challenges and the Threats to the Regional Communication Projects was dedicated to discussion of the disputatious Romanian transport and communication factors of Ukraine-Russian relations in the sphere of Baltic, Black Sea and Caspian Region, the measures to resist their development; Ukraines participation in the regional and Eurasian communication projects implementation; methodological aspects of counteraction to information wars; Ukraines participation in solving frozen conflicts in the Black Sea Region.


    Round Table "Regulation of Transnistria conflict in the context of Ukraine-Moldova relations"

    28 April, 2009, Kyiv

    The Round Table was organized in a form of two sessions. The event was attended by the experts from Moldova and Transnistria.

    The First Session entitled The ways of Transnistria conflict regulation: activation of Ukraines role was concentrated on the following questions:
    - modern domestic situation in Transnistria Region;
    - problems of regulation of Transnistria conflict;
    - threat of defrosting of Transnistria conflict in the example of Georgian conflicts, possible scenario of conflict development;
    - intensification of Ukraines participation in the process of regulation.

    The Second Session entitled Ukraine-Moldova relations: vacant potential of cooperation was focused on the following questions:
    - modern state of Ukraine-Moldova relations;
    - strategic partnership in the context of European integration aspirations of Ukraine and Moldova;
    - Kyiv and Kishinev cooperation in the process of Transnistria conflict regulation
    - conflict of the interests of states-mediators in Transnistria conflict regulation and impact of these processes on Ukraine-Moldova relations.

    During the Round Table the main topic was discussed rather clearly. During the conclusions it was outlined that the event was productive and meaningful.


    Round Table National Security: Agenda for Ukraine

    7 April, 2009, Kyiv

    The event was attended by officials of the Ukrainian NSDC Office, State government bodies as well as experts and representatives of scientific organizations and NGOs.

    The discussion was focused on the problem of national security of Ukraine in the context of combating threats and challenges on the way to building up the country.

    The book National Security: Agenda for Ukraine (authors: Volodymyr Horbulin, Oleksandr Belov and Oleksandr Lytvynenko) was presented during the event.

    During the Round Table the participants shared thoughts as for increasing of efficiency of the system of providing national security of Ukraine since the ideas, which were put forward by the scientists and officials, had practical as well as recommendatory character.


    Conference: Ukraine in European and Eurasian migration systems

    23 March 2009, Kharkiv

    On 23 March 2009 the National Institute of International Security Problems at the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, jointly with the Regional Representative Office of Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine and Belorussia held a conference on the theme Ukraine in European and Eurasian migration systems in Kharkiv.

    Its First Session concentrated on social-economic situation in the Eastern regions of the State and its impact on migrant flows formation; cooperation with the Russian Federation and the EU countries in migration sphere. The Second Session was dedicated to such important questions as labor migration influence on the labor market, including the Eastern regions of Ukraine; possible return of labor migrants, who lost their jobs abroad and their employment in the homeland. The Third Session was dedicated to the analysis of immigration processes in Ukraine, particularly in its Eastern regions; separate attention was given to the problems of lending aid and preventing illegal migration.


    Round Table: Disposal of Liquid Rocket Fuel Components in Ukraine: Problems and Solutions

    12 February 2009, Kyiv

    On 12 February 2009 the National Institute of International Security Problems at the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, jointly with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland to Ukraine and State Enterprise of Ministry of Defence of Ukraine Ukroboronleasing held a Round Table on the theme: Disposal of Liquid Rocket Fuel Components in Ukraine: Problems and Solutions

    The Round Table concentrated on the problems of utilization of the liquid components of rocket fuel and on renewal of polluted areas and attraction of international technical and financial aid for implementation of the rocket fuel oxidizer disposal project, named melange, in particular, with the help of the OSCE.


    Round Table: Ukrainian National Idea in the Context of Current Political Processes

    26 December 2008, Kyiv

    The main aim of the Round Table was to discuss theoretical and practical issues related to forming the Ukrainian national identity and the
    nation-wide unity under aggravating political crisis in Ukraine.

    During Session One the discussion concentrated on discussing the crisis acquiring the systematic features and the analysis of the
    requirement to dispel the myth that turning to the problem of the national idea may appear irrelevant in the current situation. The current
    crisis in Ukraine has been partially caused by lack of common political and cultural project equal to the 'national idea'. The political
    constituent of the crisis has urged us to put the Ukrainian national idea theme in the context of the modern political processes as the
    current situation shows lack of the general consolidating foundations.

    The participants shared the idea that the 'Ukrainian national idea' can and should be taken as the consolidating foundation. That put the Session Two into the context of forming the political tolerance as imperative for the modern Ukrainian national idea.
    The Round Table participants stressed that there was a requirement to continue scientific research into this topical issue in future.


    Round Table: E-Government in the National Security System of Ukraine

    18 November 2008, Kyiv

    Experts' work was arranged as 4 hours' brainstorm in three sessions: E-Government and Ukraine's state sovereignty under the conditions of forming global informational society; E-Democracy in Ukraine as a way of building mature civil society; E-Governance in the national security system.

    The Round Table concentrated on the global crisis of state governance, which manifests itself in the crisis of parliamentary democracy, reduction of effectiveness of democratic institutions, increase of political absenteeism, political frustration, etc.

    Heated discussions were around the influence of the World Wide Web on individual's security, state democratic institutions and processes of state and non-government management. It was mentioned that in Ukraine, where the e-government just made its first steps, one could soon expect new quality of providing services in electronic format by state authorities to both individuals and commercial and business organisations (to get official documents for various permissions, paying taxes and various social security payments, providing statistics, etc.)



    Annual Meeting of the Regional Stability in Wider Black Sea Area Working Group, Partnership for Peace Consortium

    12-13 November 2008, Kyiv

    The event was organised by the Regional Stability in Wider Black Sea Area Working Group of PfP Consortium, the National Institute of International Security Problems at the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine and the Ukrainian National Defence Academy.

    The key issues on its agenda included discussion of security and stability issues in the Black Sea region after Georgia war (August 08), analysis of WG activities during 2007/08, endorsement of the programme of the Second Seminar of the Mobile Contact Groups Project and prospects for its Third Seminar.

    The event included debrief on the First Seminar of the Mobile Contact Groups Project held in Bras,ov, Romania; it also identified prospects for its Second and Third Seminars. The next one will be held in spring 2009 in Sofia, Bulgaria, after NATO Summit.

    Summing up the event its participants endorsed the seminar programme for 2009/10 and agreed to proposals of NATO International Staff for these seminars to be included in Individual Partnership Plans.

    One of the seminars dedicated to crisis management has been initially planned to be hosted in Ukraine in 2009 with the National Institute of International Security Problems (NIISP) at the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine being among its Ukrainian co-organisers. However, an authorised NIISP representative had not just to refuse organising this event in Ukraine in view of terminating NIISP activities in fulfilment of renowned Presidential Decree but also inform the audience on its withdrawal from the Consortium, which would not help the full-scale implementation of the Target Plan (goals 1.3.5. 'Scientific, technological and innovation development priorities' and 1.1.5.7. 'Strengthen Black Sea Regional Security').



    International Round Table on Intelligence Ethic Code

    28 October 2008, Kyiv

    Organised by: National Institute of International Security Problems: Centre for Democratic control over Armed Forces (DCAF), Geneva; NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine.

    The Round Table was attended by intelligence experts from the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Latvia, Ukrainian Members of Parliament, officials from the National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) of Ukraine, special intelligence services, in particular, the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine as well as the Ukrainian Association of Intelligence Veterans international public organisation.

    The event was held in the atmosphere of free informal exchange of opinions on the level of real intelligence professionals and gave an opportunity to professionally test the Ukrainian draft Intelligence Ethic Code.

    The discussion was focused on the rationality of developing the Intelligence Ethic Code and its implementation. Some aspects of morale and behaviour of an intelligence officer were discussed in detail. The participants endeavoured to analyse the international legal framework in this area as well as challenges in implementing ethic standards in intelligence practice. The attention was also drawn to various models of intelligence morale and lessons learnt while putting them in practice.

    Representatives of NATO member nations positively assessed Ukraine's initiative in drafting the National Intelligence Ethic Code, which, in their opinion, is an essential component of ensuring the democratic civil control over activities of special services.

    The draft National Intelligence Ethic Code was discussed in its essence, and proposals concerning its further development were carefully noted.


    International Conference on the Theme: "Black Sea Space: from Interaction Strategy to Forming Regional Co-operation and Security System".

    26 September 2008, Kyiv

    The event was attended by state officials, academics, members of the diplomatic community and foreign experts from Romania, France, Azerbaijan and Belorussia.

    The following topics were discussed during the conference:
    - Looking for unifying factors for various interests in the Black Sea region;
    - Co-operation in energy and transportation/communication lines projects in the Black Sea region;
    - Economic co-operation of the Black Sea countries. Transfrontier co-operation;
    - Black Sea regional security: challenges, threats and solutions.


    Significant attention at the First Session was paid to discussing the dynamism of changes in the policy pursued by international organisations towards development of the Black Sea region and regional dimension of the Black Sea countries' foreign policy.
    The Second Session was dedicated to possible directions for co-operation in the area of development of renewable energy sources. Its participants also touched upon the regional issues of environmental safety and development of transport infrastructure of the Black Sea region. The discussion was focused on forming the Black Sea regional transportation system and future exploring of energy transit potential of the region.
    The Third Session considered trade and economic co-operation between the Black Sea countries and the economic dimension of co-operation with EU and NATO. Its participants also paid their interest to development of co-operation between regions immediately adjacent to state borders, combating on illegal migration in the region and looking for ways of better managing the visa issues.
    The Fourth Session concentrated on discussing issues of managing the regional conflicts, counteracting asymmetric threats in the Black Sea region as well as disputable issues in relations between the neighbouring states.


    Round Table on the theme: "Problems and Mechanisms of Implementation of Transit Potential of Ukraine".

    27 June 2008, Kyiv

    On 27 June 2008 the National Institute of International Security Problems at the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine held a Round Table on the theme: "Problems and Mechanisms of Implementation of Transit Potential of Ukraine".

    The event was attended by representatives of the Ukrainian NSDC Office, Ministries, NGOs as well as experts and academics.

    The Round Table considered energy and transportation aspects of Ukraine's international security.

    The event was aimed at looking for prospective directions for Ukraine's co-operation with EU and CIS member nations, in particular, in the area of energy transporting security area.

    Its First Session concentrated on Ukraine's potential as energy transporting state accounting for the world trends in development of the fuel and energy sector.

    The Second Session was dedicated to discussing topical issues of transport and communications branch as well as options for using Ukraine's transit potential including railway and pipeline transportation as well as sea and motor transport.

    Main attention was paid to proposals and necessary justifications of specific economic projects implementation of which is of interest to Ukraine, ODED-GUAM nations, Central and Eastern Europe, Balkans and Central Asia.


    Round Table on the theme: "Information Sovereignty and transparency of State Power in Ukraine".

    17 June 2008, Kyiv

    On 17 June 2008 the National Institute for International Security Problems at the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine jointly with the Regional Representative Office of Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine and Belorussia held a Round Table on the theme: "Information Sovereignty and transparency of State Power in Ukraine".

    The Round Table was attended by representatives of mass media, state authorities, non-governmental and government academic organisations.

    The experts' work was organised in a form of 4-hours brainstorm split into three sessions: "State Sovereignty of Ukraine in Media and Information Sphere: Achievements and Drawbacks"; "Forming of National Identity in Ukrainian and European Dimensions"; "State Information Sovereignty in Relations of State with Mass Media and Public".

    The discussions covered issues of information sovereignty and transparency of the state power as prerequisites of essential information support to democratic development of both society and the state.

    It was stated that implementing of transparent home and foreign policy underpins respected international stand of Ukraine on the international arena. Open information policy is required by the Ukrainian nationals as well, as it is the only guarantor of their freedom of speech and the true civil control over actions and intentions of the authorities, and effective communication with central and local authorities.


    The Training Seminar Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

    21 - 22 May 2008, Kyiv

    The Training Seminar Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) jointly organised by Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich), and the National Institute of International Security Problems (NIISP) (www.niisp.gov.ua) was held in Kyiv during 21 - 22 May 2008 within the framework of NATO EAPC/PfP Partnership Action Plan Against Terrorism.

    The Program of Training Seminar included formal instruction, case studies, policy projects and applications of OSINT techniques. The seminar focused on OSINT cycle management, requirements definitions, OSINT sources, software, services and application, OSINT infrastructure and tools, security, OSINT Planning and collection, collection typologies and processes, OSINT processing and production, application of information technology in open source intelligence as part of all-source intelligence.

    The participants of the seminar highly praised the professional level and relevance of the event.

    The ISN Information The International Relations and Security Network (ISN) conducts OSINT training in co-operation with security sector-related government institutions and agencies in Eurasia and the wider Middle East, in order to provide hands-on expertise on open source intelligence operations at both strategic and tactical levels for junior and senior-level analysts working in both civilian and military structures

    The ISN works to promote a better understanding of the strategic challenges we face in todays changed security environment.

    Based in Zurich, Switzerland, at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich), the ISNs dedicated team drawn from various disciplines, including the humanities, the social sciences, and information and communication technology engage in research projects and education activities, provide news stories and in-depth analyses, and develop technologies for information sharing and for creating and supporting e-learning.

    The ISN has close relationships with leading international partner institutes research institutes, think tanks, and government and non-governmental organizations. The ISN supports its ever-increasing partner network by organizing conferences and seminars, bringing together experts and policy-makers, and fostering the electronic exchange of information.


    Ukraine's National Interests in Integration Processes within CIS. Round Table

    14 May 2008, Kyiv

    Two sessions of the Round Table considered the issue in its two aspects: 'narrow' through prism of Ukraine-Russia bilateral relations, and 'wider' through prism of gereric problems of political nature specific for post-Soviet space. This enabled the participants to look at the issue of securing our national interests under opposite angles thus making it more vivid.

    The Round Table has confirmed that issues of predominantly internal character prevail during our joint development, including complex social and economic situation, multifaceted social and political processes and, in some cases, high level of conflict potential in certain regions.

    However, it would be difficult to achieve a strategic aim of finding and occupying a deserving place in European and Euro-Asian mega-region without establishing mutually beneficial and partner relations with Russia and other CIS nations, which are distant in their mindset. Therefore, the speakers were naturally tuned into seeking ways for engaging in active political dialogue.

    In expert community's dimension the search for a new algorithm of evaluating relations at the post-Soviet space and prospects for their improvement started not from developing a 'grand strategy' but discussing of real issues appearing every now and then in geopolitical and geoeconomic atmosphere and looking for ways of managing these issues.

    Interlocutors came to the conclusion that this format of discussion was useful, and ideas expressed at the conference should be translated into practical programmes developing Ukraine-Russia co-operation.


    Ukraine-EU: on the Way to New Format of Relations International Round Table

    24 April 2008, Kyiv

    This event was jointly conducted by the National Institute of International Security Problems at the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine and the Regional Office of Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine and Belorussia.

    The first session entitled 'Will the New Agreement with EU Open the European Prospect to Ukraine' was concentrated on discussing issues of Ukraine-EU enhanced agreement, Ukraine's European aspirations and prospects for their implementation within the context of modern foreign policy priorities of our country, Ukraine's place in the European Union policy as well as external factors influencing the format of the future Ukraine-EU relations.

    The second session entitled 'Ukraine-EU: Joint Security Challenges' was dedicated to the modern threats and challenges to the European Securoty Strategy, which is currently being amended. Significant attention was paid to NATO role in the European security system, new trends in the Alliance's development as well as Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integration as a constituent of joining the common Europe.

    At the conference the Round Table participants discussed similarities and differences in European and Euro-Atlantic security systems along with integration ways bringing Ukraine closer to EU.



    Ukrainian Migration to Europe and Managing Related Regional Problems Conference

    24 - 25 March 2008, Ternopil

    The conference on the theme 'Ukrainian Migration to Europe and Managing Related Regional Problem' was held during 24 - 25 March 2008 in Ternopil by the National Institute of International Security Problems jointly with the Regional Representative Office of Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine and Belorussia and Ternopil Regional State Administration. Another event linked to the above held during the same period was a round table discussion on the theme 'Migration and Economic and Social Issues of Regional Development: Role of Local Government' held in Berezhany, Ternopil region.

    The round table discussions in Berezhany concentrated on issues related to labour migration of the population from the district to foreign countries as well as other regions of Ukraine. It highlighted key social and economic factors leading to labour migration, analysed consequences of migration for the current situation and future development of the region. The discussion was aimed at identifying strategic activities to be undertaken by the local bodies to prevent further spread of migration processes and levelling their social, labour resources and other consequences.

    The Conference in Ternopil focused on the regional features of the dynamics and results of labour migration of the Ukrainians, its influence on development on Ternopil region in particular. Attention was paid to such grave problems as loss of workforce of high quality by the regions and 'social orphanage' caused by migration (problems of children growing up without parents' supervision due to their labour migration).
    Summing up the findings the conference participants came to the requirement of formulating recommendations for the national and local government on managing the migration related problems both regionally and nationally taking into account the results of the discussions.



    Round Table on the Theme: "Theory and Practice of Forming the Ukrainian National Idea"

    21 December 2007 , Kyiv

    The event was attended by experts, academics and representatives of non-governmental organisations.
    The Round Table was concentrated on discussing the priorities for the national state unity/ considering conceptual, scientific and methodological approaches to formulating the Ukrainian national identity and identifying ideological basis for consolidating the West and the South-East of Ukraine.
    The discussion was focused on fundamental and applied grounds for further development of the Ukrainian statehood as the key factor of the modern nation building.


    The Round Table on the Theme: "Openness and Transparency of the Ukrainian Government under its Reform"

    30 November 2007, Kyiv

    The experts' work was arranged as a 4-hour brainstorming session in two syndicates: "current Problems of Information Openness in relations of the Ukrainian Government with Mass Media" and "International Standards for Informational Transparency: Problems and Prospects for their Implementation in Ukraine".


    The syndicates discussed issues of transparency and informational openness of governance structures as necessary prerequisites for sustainable democratic development of society and government as well as the key facilitator for implementing the effective policy able to enforce a real civil control.



    International Conference: "Ukraine and Russia in Political Space of the Joint Europe "

    22 October 2007, Kyiv

    The Conference was conducted by this Institute together with the Regional Office of Fridrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine and Byelorussia.
    The conference considered issues of Ukraine's European and Euro-Atlantic integration, new directions for development of the political dialogue in Ukraine-Russia-EU triangle, in particular, future of Ukraine-Russia Intergovernmental Commission, conceptual shift in interpreting Ukraine-Russia bilateral relations and the new Ukraine-Russia relations Strategy; European integration strategies of Ukraine and Russia and their public monitoring; Ukraine-Russia relations in the contecxt of the European energy security.
    Moreover, the conference dwelt upon military-political, socio-political and humanitarian aspects of Ukraine-Russia co-operation in the context of interface with EU as well as on information security issues.

    International Conference: "International Migration And Ukraine's Defelopment in European Integration Context"

    16 October 2007, Kyiv

    The conference was attended by the leading specialists from countries which had developed strong migration ties with Ukraine, in particular, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, the Russian Federation and the Czech Republic.
    It considered topical issues of demographic situation like influence of international migration on various aspects of life of the Ukrainian society; ethnic and cultural interface as a result of international migration of population; interrelation between migrations and demographic development; economic consequences of international migrations; ways of state regulation of migration processes.
    The conference came up with ideas, which can be of use in developing and implementing the state migration policy as well as co-operation between Ukraine and EU in the area of human migration.

    Round Table: "Eastern Dimension of EU Policy"

    27 September 2007, Kyiv

    The Round Table on the theme: "Eastern Dimension of EU Policy" was held by the National Institute of International Security Problems at the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine.

    It concentrated on political aspects of EU co-operation with East and South-East Europe, and South Caucasus. Issues of energy and economy security were also discussed there.

    Its first session was spent in discussing co-operation between EU and East, South-East Europe and South Caucasus, in particular, shifts in foreign policy strategies in the region after the European Union had identified new approaches to relationship with its eastern neighbours. Prospects and possible options for co-operation between the European Union and regional institutions in the area of managing threats and challenges to security were also considered.

    The second session was devoted to topical issues of energy, transport and communication as well as economic security of the Southern Ukraine, and the Danube region of the Black Sea area. The key issues there were proposals and relevant justification of specific economic projects, which are in the interests of both Ukraine and GUAM, Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Central Asia.



    Round Table: Disposal of Liquid Components of Missile Fuel in FSU Countries: Problems and Ways of Managing Them

    19 September 2007, Kyiv

    On 19 September 2007 q round table on the theme: "Disposal of Liquid components of Missile Fuel in the Former Soviet Union Countries: Problems and Ways of Managing Them" was held by the National Institute of International Security Problems at the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine jointly with Ukroboronleasing (Ukrainian Defence Leasing) state enterprise of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and the Embassy of Poland in Ukraine. Government officials, representatives of state authorities, academics, experts from non-government and international organisations and members of diplomatic missions were invited to attend the event.



    The round table considered problems of disposal of liquid components of missile fuel and recuperation of territories contaminated by them. A Ukrainian-Polish project of 'melange' disposal was presented at the round table. It also covered issues of attracting international technical and financial aid for implementation of this project, in particular, via OCSE.

    Implementation of the proposed project is of great importance in the process of disposal of fuel elements of missiles decommissioned in Ukraine in accordance with international agreements.



    V Economic Forum

    5-8 September 2007, Krinica, Poland

    The Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies (Warsaw), which is a partner of the National Institute of International Security Problems, has been running an annual Economic Forum for the last 16 years. The aim of this forum is to promote dialogue and co-operation among EU and its partner and neighbour countries. The forum is attended by heads of state, government officials, experts, representatives of business circles as well as NGO activists.
    A seminar - discussion on the theme: "Black Sea Synergy.; New Platform for co-operation in the Region" was held on 7 September 2007 within the framework of the Forum. It was organised and conducted by the National Institute of the International Security Problems.
    The topical issues of co-operation between EU and the Black Sea countries were considered at the seminar. They included, in particular, shifts in foreign policy strategies of the Black Sea countries concerning their relationship with EU after adoption of the Black Sea Synergy, prospects and possible options of co-operation between EU and regional organisations in the area of tackling challenges and threats to security; possible intensification of EU involvement in implementing regional economic and energy projects.
    The participants of the discussion shared a view that it is vital to identify new models of co-operation between EU and countries / international organisations of the Black Sea region aiming to increase effectiveness of joint political, economic and energy projects. It is worth noting a remark of Julian Chifu, Director of the Conflict Prevention Centre (Romania), whose presentation covered regional security issues after Romania and Bulgaria accession to EU on 1 January 2007, that the Black Sea counties should be more active themselves and stimulate co-operation within the framework of already existing EU programmes as well as increase Europe's interest in them.
    Another important issue, according to Manoli Panagiota, Director of Programs, International Centre for Black Sea Studies (Greece), is further development of mechanisms for rendering financial assistance by the European Union for implementing interregional projects initiated by the member countries and regional organisations of the Black Sea area (OBSEC, GUAM-ODDD, CDC, etc.), and an active dialogue of the member states with the European Commission on these issues.

    "Round Table" On Economic Co-operation within GUAM Framework.

    14 June 2007

    The event was attended by representatives of state authorities, experts, members of non-governmental organisations, academics and diplomats. The Round Table was opened by GUAM Secretary General, Mr Valerii Chechelashvili.
    The Interstate Programme of Danube Energy Transport Bridge project was presented during the round table. It also dealt with issues of energy, transport and communication as well as trade and economic co-operation within GUAM framework.
    Issues of energy security and efficient use of transport corridors were also considered during the event. The forum looked into trade turnover of GUAM member nations and identified prospect ways of intensifying their trade and economic relations.
    The discussions concentrated on search for potential directions for implementation of economic co-operation between GUAM member nations, expert assessment of economic constituent of the regional partnership as well as ways and opportunities for its further development. The joint work led to the shared view on requirement to co-ordinate economic policy of GUAM member nations, arrangements for multifaceted structure for international co-operation, implementation of joint economic programmes of regional co-operation, first and foremost in energy and transport areas. In order to increase efficiency of interaction within GUAM it is necessary to transit from declarations to focusing on specific joint tasks. Danube Energy Transport Bridge, for example, was mentioned among such projects, which could put the member nations together.

    International Conference On Prospects for Co-operation between EU and Black Sea Regional Organisations

    27 April 2007

    The conference concentrated on key issues of existing regional bodies assisting regional co-operation within the wider Black Sea region looking at scope of their activities, tasks, areas covered and role they play in bringing non-EU member nations closer to acquiring full membership in the European Union as well as formulating new networks for co-operating with EU and identifying potential for re-designing the EU good-neighbouring policy towards the Black Sea nations.
    The conference gave its attention to assessing efficiency of regional structures in the Black Sea region, identifying EU priorities there, correlating EU interests and those of other influential geopolitical players as well as analysing foreign policy strategies of the Black Sea states regarding prospects of the regional co-operation.
    The international conference participants discussed integration of the Black Sea states into the European economic space, looked into their place in EU economic and transport policy, examined problems of security and stability in the Black Sea region and their influence on the architecture of European security as a whole.



    Ukraine-NATO Round Table: Role of Parliament in the National Security and Defence Area

    28 March 2007

    The Round Table continued series of activities looking into Ukraine's national security and defence reform, role and place of the Parliament in managing this vital issue, identifying strategic directions and priorities in this area taking into account other countries' experience.
    In their speeches and discussions the participants paid attention to reform in Ukraine's security and defence sector, civil-military relations and international co-operation of the Supreme Council (Rada) of Ukraine with other European parliaments.
    The discussion enabled the participants to realise the current state of parliamentary control over the national security and defence sector and familiarise themselves with the experience of developed democratic countries in this area.





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