I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.

George Burns

13 Russian citizens have been criminally charged in the United States for conspiring to “sow discord in the U.S. political system,” including the 2016 presidential election.


Institute of World Policy


The mission of the Institute of World Policy (IWP) is to develop analytical research and implement project activities in order to promote European standards and practices inside Ukraine, as well as to increase support of the foreign opinion leaders, EU and NATO officials for the European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Ukraine.

The IWP’s vision is that Ukraine should be integrated into the EU and NATO. We understand this integration not merely as a formalized membership but as adopting the best standards and practices which means joining actually the Euro-Atlantic space of values.

According to the Strategic Development Plan for 2015-2017, the IWP has three strategic priorities:

Successful and adherent implementation of Ukraine’s European integration.Increasing the impact of the IWP on improving the security situation in the region.Strengthening institutional capacity of the IWP.

Centre of Public Initiatives “Ideas for Change”


Centre of Public Initiatives “Ideas for Change” (IfC) is an NGO start up, which is aimed at the development of new ideas for transformations in Ukraine. The organisation was founded in November 2015 but started its active project work from January 2017. The IfC’s founders have a considerable experience in civil sector as well as in the think-tanks, international organisations and public institutions. 

The IfC sees its mission as promotion of the transformation of the Ukrainian society from the survival values to self-expression values at the national level as well as at the level of local communities. The organisation aims to work in the innovative format “think & act & change tank”.

The IfC focuses on the following domains: conflict transformation and regulation; foreign policy of Ukraine, state decisions, development of public policies and support for the implementation of the reforms; sustainable development of the local communities; cultural diplomacy; gender equality; support of the leaders of change.

Currently the IfC team work on the following projects: Women’s Initiatives for Peace in Donbas(s), aimed to establish relationships between representatives from different conflict sides; to offer methods to decrease tensions and for de-mythologisation of fears and enemy images. This project has a framing character, as within it the organisation assists in the implementation of eight mini-projects of the participants from different target and conflict groups on the basis of diapraxis and gender focus.

 The IfC is a member of a number of professional and regional civil society platforms or cooperates with them, i.e.

·      Women’s Initiatives for the Peace in Donbas(s), which brings together women from Ukraine, including IDP and women from uncontrolled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, Russian activists, Ukrainian refugees in Russia and representatives of the international community);

·      Regional anti-corruption platform of Ukraine, that unites the civil society activists and journalist at the local level, who aims to combat corruption at the local communities in Ukraine.

·      CivilMPlus, a European CS platform, which aim is the development of the common strategy of the civil society regarding regulation of the conflict in Donbas;

Civil Solidarity Platform, which brings together non-governmental organizations committed to improving the human rights situation

CRISP – Crisis Simulation for Peace e.V.


CRISP was founded under the concept of adapting and utilizing the Simulation Game Method for conflict management purposes as an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization. Geographically the Organization is mostly working in Eastern Europe and former Soviet-Countries, the MENA-Region, the EU and Germany.

Activities of the Organization are targeting mainly young civil society activists interested in experience-based learning and include projects that last several months, workshops+seminars, the implementation of simulation games, as well as Training-of-Trainers on simulation gaming. Examples of latest long-lasting projects:

Hidden Memories – a walkable audio-installation (Ukraine)

The aim of the proposed project is to highlight the consensus of basic fundamental values and thereby contribute to a democratic and pluralistic society. The events on the Euromaidan 2013/14 serve as a stimulus for this exchange. Participants gather for discussions and trainings, after what they collect interviews on the topic of Maidan in whole Ukraine.

At the end of the project, an audio drama will be created, including 12 individual, partly contrasting stories, and the events that happened at the Maidan will be brought to life in an artistic way.

D.R.E.A.M.  (Kyrgyzstan)

The overall objective of the project is to foster a cohesive, democratic society in Kyrgyzstan through involving and capacitating various stakeholders in the prevention of radicalisation and the mitigation of existing tensions. The specific objectives are: 1. To strengthen the capacities for peaceful intercultural and inter-religious dialogue on national and regional level 2. To strengthen community potential to prevent radicalization and violent extremism 3.  To build up resilience against radical narratives among especially young people.

Slovak Foreign Policy Association


The Slovak Foreign Policy Association is a foreign policy think-tank based in Bratislava, Slovakia. Since 1993 our mission has been to conduct high-quality, independent research and, on the basis of that research, to provide innovative practical recommendations for policy- and decision-makers. In addition, we seek to provide an independent arena in which critical issues can be examined and debated. We produce periodical and non-periodical publications covering various areas of foreign policy and international relations. We also organize international expert seminars and conferences and help foster expert discussion on international relations and Slovak foreign policy. We aim to create a favorable international relations environment in which the new generation of Slovak experts can develop, and to stimulate the interest of the wider Slovak public in global events so they can gain a deeper understanding of the importance of foreign policy and its links to domestic policy.