Hurdle Race with a Slow Start
Hurdle Race with a Slow Start

Public Administration Reform in Ukraine

18/10/2018 | by Iryna Solonenko | Ukraine, Reform

Launched in 2015 after the Revolution of Dignity, Ukraine’s public administration reform is a serious attempt to overhaul the existing system based on recognized European principles. However, its implementation has been patchy due to various obstacles including poor leadership and resistance to change. To tackle these drawbacks, it is important to establish a reform task force led by the prime minster and improve legislation. Support from Germany and Europe will also be decisive for the reform’s success.


  • The Relevance of a Strong Civilian CSDP

    How EU Member States Can Shape the Civilian Crisis Management Agenda 2018 and Beyond

    von Carina Böttcher | European Union, Security
    DGAPkompakt 21 (October 2018), 5 pp.

    The Relevance of a Strong Civilian CSDP

    While member states recognize the value of the civilian Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), a strategic EU vision is lacking. In the face of current and future security risks, the EU requires the capacities to launch civilian missions and to manage major crises in its vicinity. To guide the implementation of the Civilian Compact from 2019 on, the EU should set quantitative headline goals and adopt a strategic planning approach, while member states need to create favorable national legislations.

  • Between Old and New World Order

    Russia’s Foreign and Security Policy Rationale

    von Dr. Stefan Meister, Pavel Baev, Pavel Felgenhauer, Alexander Golts, Alexander Kolbin, Peter Pomerantsev | Russia, Security
    DGAPkompakt 19 (September 2018). 30 pp.

    Between Old and New World Order

    Political decision-making under Vladimir Putin is informed by a military-technological rationale, and military might is seen as a main tool of Russian foreign policy. Modern nuclear capabilities are key for Russia as they are regarded an effective bargaining chip that will also bring Moscow back to eye-level vis-à-vis the US. Yet, the Kremlin regards all manners of hybrid warfare – including disinformation, cyber-attacks and Russian-engineered international media coverage – as equally legitimate.

  • EU Civilian Crisis Management

    How the Union Can Live up to Its Ambitions – or Stumble into Irrelevance

    von Hannah Neumann, Carina Böttcher, Christian Mölling, Marie Wolf | European Union, Security
    DGAPkompakt 15 (July 2018), 6 pp.

    EU Civilian Crisis Management

    Europe’s security situation has drastically changed. Current challenges can neither be tackled by member states individually, nor by military means alone. A new ambitious process at EU level gives member states the opportunity to improve the EU’s civilian crisis management and answer central questions. Most importantly though, member states need to increase their financial and personal commitments, if they want to prevent this trademark of European foreign policy from drifting into irrelevance.


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The Baltic States and their Role in Driving EU Reform
20/09/2018 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP
Belarus between Russia and the EU – A perspective from civil society
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