On April 13, 2017 the office of the International Center for Policy Studies was searched. At about 16.00 unknown persons who introduce themselves as investigators of the prosecutor's office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the officials of the Security Service of Ukraine entered the office with the aim to hand suspicion to Vasyl Filipchuk and to carry out the search in the office. For more than 5 hours, employees were limited in movement and forbidden to use any means of communication. Physical violence was committed against Vasyl Filipchuk which was fixed by respective photo evidence. The entrance to the office space was blocked, investigators refused to pass defenders, lawyers, police and even emergency doctors.
According to the investigators, the search was made within the criminal case of “Artemenko”as they consider that ICPS helped the People`s Deputy to elaborate “peaceful plan” of the conflict settlement. WE STRESS that neither ICPS nor experts have been involved in such elaboration of “peaceful plan” or had any personal contacts with the People`s Deputy Andriy Artemenko.
ICPS is working for a long time on finding possible ways of peaceful settlement in Eastern Ukraine with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation. All activities within the project “Modelling of the Minsk agreements implementation and support of strategic advisors to the Ministry of Temporary Occupied Territories and IDPs” were PUBLIC, and analytical materials are in open access on the official website of the Center. Ukrainian MPs and the Deputy Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs Georgiy Tuka were involved in pubic consultations. ICPS has always maintained and continues maintaining state position to preserve the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine!
ICPS continues current project activities and is committed to its obligations in cooperation with its partners.
We consider such actions as unprecedented pressure on civil society and disgrace of judicial system in Ukraine. We call on colleagues from the civil sector, representatives of diplomatic corps and entire international community todemand that persecution of independent analytical centers must be stopped!
The statement on the inadmissibility of persecution for expressing an expert opinion
To the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko To the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko To the Prosecutor of Autonomous Republic of Crimea Giunduz Mamedov On April 13, the office of the International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS) in Kyiv was searched as part of the case on the so-called “peaceful plan of MP Artemenko” by the officials of the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. People’s Deputy Andriy Artemenko is accused of high treason under the Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. He is charged with the assistance to Russia in conducting subversive activities against Ukraine that expressed in the appeals to let Crimea in long-term lease to the Russian Federation and thereby to legitimize temporary occupation. In the basis of the “peaceful plan” of MP Artemenko, as it stated in a court order for search conduction, there is a plan“Ideas for the conflict settlement in Donbas” authored by Vasyl Filipchuk. Not sharing the views of MP Artemenko on “peaceful settlement” ways, we state the illegality of accusations of high treason for the presentation of any ideas, including ideas on peaceful settlement. We are outraged by the search in the analytical center ICPS within the investigation on the case of high treason. These actions of the state are in violation of Article 34 of the Constitution of Ukraine, Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and also contravene the practices of the European Court of Human Rights (Zana v. Turkey (1997), Lingens v. Austria (1986), § 40; Barfod v. Denmark (1989), Wille v. Liechtenstein (1999) etc.). The search in ICPS is not limited to the violations of the Constitution of Ukraine and international agreements. We qualify the following actions of the state as the offensive against key freedom – expression of views - as an attempt to monopolize the market of ideas and to enforce a state doctrine to the society as the only possible under the pain of prosecution of those who offer other approaches, in especially serious crimes – high treason. Disproportionate state interference in the activities of think tanks is purely obscurantist attempt to establish a monopoly on the truth. ICPS activities by their nature are research and scientific ones. Ukraine declares its desire to become a fully legitimate member of the EU but violates a fundamental principle of the European Union, enshrined in Article 13 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2000), according to which, the arts and scientific research shall be free of constraint. Instead, it is the doctrine of "Russkiy mir" which can be characterized by the state monopoly on the truth, restrictions on freedom of expression, persecution for beliefs. Our war with Russia is primarily a war of values. These actions of the state are the value-based defeat, surrender of public interest and “high treason” in the long run. We cannot fight against “Russkiy mir” by means of “Russkiy mir”. We demand to stop the persecution of the think tank ICPS and immediately return everything that was seized during the search. We consider this incident as a manifestation of general trends on violating the balance between national security and human rights for the benefit of national security by the Security Service of Ukraine and prosecuting authorities. And we want to remind once again that a political regime which violates human rights is doomed to failure. Arkadiy Bushchenko, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union Yevhen Zakharov, Director of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group
ICPS in the Global Go To Think Tank Index
ICPS was included to the World Index ranking think tanks on the results of 2016. According to preliminary ranking in the category of leading think tanks in Central and Eastern Europe - we took 33th place, adding seven positions for two years. The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and civil societies around the world. Often referred to as the “think tanks’ think tank,” TTCSP examines the evolving role and character of public policy research organizations. The 2016 edition of the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report marks the 10th anniverary of the report. Highlights of think tanks in the world: There are 1931 think tanks in North America (Mexico, Canada and US) of which 1835 are in the United States There are 1770 think tanks in Europe Close to 55 percent of all think tanks are in North America and Europe 90.5 percent of think tanks were created since 1951 The number of think tanks in the US has more than doubled since 1980 31 percent of think tanks were created between 1981 to 1990 The End of Post WWII consensus & Challenge to the Welfare State contributed to the growth of think tanks on the left and the right of the political spectrum Most of the think tanks that have come into existence in the United States since the 1970s are specialized for a particular regional or functional area About one quarter of U.S. think tanks (approximately 400 institutions) are located in Washington, DC More than half the think tanks are university affiliated The rate of establishment of think tanks has declined over the last 12 years in the United States and Europe Top Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe:
Yevgeniy Yaroshenko commented weekly political outcomes
ICPS expert Yevgeniy Yaroshenko commented hijack of the Libyan Airways A320 plane, assassination of Russia’s ambassador in Ankara, terrorist attack in Berlin, inauguration of the President of Moldova and other weekly events on the Holos Stolytsi radio.
Which is the likeliest model of conflict resolution in Donbas with regard to economic realities? Comment by Vasyl Povoroznyk
ICPS senior economist Vasyl Povoroznyk discussed economic costs of Donbas conflict settlement on Hromadske Radio. https://hromadskeradio.org/programs/kyiv-donbas/4-modeli-vyrishennya-problemy-donbasu-yaka-pidhodyt-ukrayini Vasyl Povoroznyk explained: ‘Our goal was to analyze international experience in conflict resolution. We focused on ended conflicts and introduced four models of conflict resolution which are the likeliest with regard to statements by political forces and political logic. The Croatian model provides for advancing on the uncontrolled Donbas and retaking the territory militarily. The Pakistani model is based on cutting off the disloyal territory. To the contrary, the Bosnian model means federalization. Finally, the German model is the most appealing model of conflict resolution which provides for freezing the conflict with the possibility of peaceful integration in the future. The parallels are conditional given that the conflict in Donbas has unique features. We tried to make an economic analyze of each model. The Croatian model will be the most expensive given significant destructions. If a military operation is successful, Ukraine will have to restore both controlled and uncontrolled territories.
ICPS - in TOP 3 most renowned think-tanks in Ukraine
International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS) is one of the three most prestigious and major independent think tanks (ITT) in Ukraine. This revealed the survey conducted by the International Renaissance Fund "Vidrodzhennia" among the representatives of local authorities, national and regional media, as well as members of the public and the expert environment. The survey in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine and the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (IKDIF) was aimed at identifying how effective cooperation is between the authorities and the media to think tanks, what are the obstacles and what is the determining criterion of success of a particular analytical companies. The study had been lasting for two weeks at the end of 2015 and altogether 158 people responded a questionnaire. The study revealed the following interesting factor – 95% of respondents declared the need for cooperation of government bodies with ITTs, but only 27% used to read analytical materials, and only 7% in some or another way currently involve analysts in their activity. Respondents considered the main problem to be the lack of direct dialogue on many issues of reforms implementation between ITTs and middle officials of ministries and departments, which are, in fact, mediators of changes in the governance process preparing draft laws or other normative documents. ICPS, in turn, works daily to widely disseminate findings of various analytical works among all potential stakeholders, build an effective dialogue with the government and the public by the media and present-day digital means of communication, that has been reflected as a high position in the above ranking.