Panel Discussion at the OTT Conference 2022

“Policy Advice in Times of War: A Conversation with Ukrainian Think Tankers”
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After eight years of fighting in eastern Ukraine, Russia launched an all-out invasion of the country on February 24, leading to the first major war in Europe in decades. Normal life was put to a halt, cities have been destroyed, and millions of people have had to flee their homeland or take up arms to defend it. In this session, we will ask leading Ukrainian think tankers what the war means for their work and how they get it done under the current circumstances. What role can they play in the domestic and international political response to the war and in the documentation of war crimes? And what kind of support would they like to see from the international think tank community?

Yuriy Yakymenko, President, Razumkov Centre
Oleksandra Matviichuk, Head of the Board, Center for Civil Liberties
Ivan Verbytskyi (tbc), Director, Cedos

Ljudmyla Melnyk, Research Associate and Senior Project Manager, Institut für Europäische Politik
Claire Luzia Leifert, Head of the Impact & Innovation Lab, German Council on Foreign Relations

The event is hosted by the Think Tank Lab, a joint initiative of DGAP and MERICS, in cooperation with IEP’s German-Ukrainian Researchers Network in the framework of the Ukraine Breakfast Debates. It is part of the OTT Conference 2022 – Think Tanks and Partnerships for Change, which will take place from May 17 to 19, 2022.

We have reserved 15 conference tickets for our community, each of which grants entry to not only this panel discussion but also the entire three-day conference. If you would like to secure a ticket, please send an e-mail to by May 11 stating your question to our panelists. We will then send you a registration link for participation via the virtual event platform Hopin. 



18 May 2022
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