EVALUATION OF THE EFFICIENCY OF ANALYTICAL ISSUES "INTERNATIONAL WEEKLY",
published by the Foreign Policy Research Institute in 2022
In order to receive feedback from the readers of "International Weekly", at the end of November 2022, a questionnaire was sent to them (in Ukrainian and English) with a request to evaluate the quality of analytical materials, as well as to indicate what topics our readers would like to see in "International Weekly" issues in 2023. Questions were also asked about the level of awareness of the readers of "International Weekly" with the topics of Ukraine's foreign and defense policy, its cooperation with the EU, the course of the Russian-Ukrainian war, as well as the effectiveness of FPRI analytical materials to increase the level of such awareness.
In 2022, the staff of the Foreign Policy Research Institute prepared and published 22 issues of "International Weekly" with an operational analysis of current issues of Ukraine's foreign and security policy, first of all, the course of the Russian-Ukrainian war and the development of relations with the European Union and other important partners. Changes were also made to the structure of the weekly magazine, and with the help of a designer provided by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, its design was modernized.
Analyzing the «Ukraine - EU relations» category, we focused on the following main topics:
Separately, we were conducting Ukraine's foreign and defense policy analysis researching current events and political statements, as well as analyzing the state of relations between Ukraine, partner countries and Russia in the context of Russia's all-out war against Ukraine.
Analyzing the «Ukrainian Foreign and Defence Policy» category, we focused on the following main topics:
Due to the all-out Russian invasion, the Foreign Policy Research Institute changed the format of the third rubric of the "weekly" in accordance with the new conditions and demand. The main changes at the front, military aid to Ukraine and internal political processes within the aggressor country were covered under the rubric "The course of the Russian-Ukrainian war". These changes were positively evaluated by our readers.
The analysis of the questionnaires received from «International Weekly» readers gives reason to draw the following conclusions:
1. In general, majority of the "International Weekly" readers are well aware of the subject of "The Course of the Russian-Ukrainian war and Western military assistance to Ukraine". 66.7% of respondents assessed their knowledge as "good", another 33.3% as "very good". No respondent chose "not very good", "know nothing", "not interested in this topic".
2. At the same time, the respondents answered they consider the materials of "International Weekly" generally useful for improving readers' awareness of the topic "The Course of the Russian-Ukrainian War".
3. The vast majority of "International Weekly" readers rated their knowledge of the topic "Ukraine-EU relations and the implementation of Ukraine's European integration course" as "good". 16.7% of respondents assessed their knowledge as "very good", and same share of 16.7% chose "not very good".
4. The respondents answered that they consider the materials of "International Weekly" generally useful in order to improve knowledge on the subject of Ukraine-EU relations.
5. Our readers, in general, are well aware of the foreign and defense policy of Ukraine. 16.7% of respondents chose "not very good" option.
6. 47.1% of respondents consider "International Weekly" materials to be "very useful". At the same time, 52.9% of readers consider the materials to be "generally useful" for improving readers' awareness of the "Foreign and defense policy of Ukraine" topic.
7. In general, readers highly evaluated the quality of "International Weekly" analytical materials. 27.8% rated it as "very good", 66.7% - "good", and 5.6% - "satisfactory". No respondent chose the answer options "poor" and "very poor".
8. 16.7% of readers who took part in our survey have a desire to provide comments on the materials published in the weekly in a separate window.
During the year, the readers of the Foreign Policy Research Institute repeatedly expressed their gratitude for our work.
Summing up, we can conclude that the work of the Foreign Policy Research Institute on the preparation of analytical issues of "International Weekly" in 2022 was carried out successfully. The high evaluation by readers of the quality and effectiveness of "International Weekly" in improving their awareness of the topics "The course of the Russian-Ukrainian war", "Ukraine-EU" and "Ukraine's foreign and defense policy" is especially important, taking into account the high professional level and experience of most readers and a large amount of analytical papers on Ukraine published by international analytical centers and media this year. None of the respondents answered that they were not interested in the topics presented in "International Weekly".
In the survey, readers indicated various directions that interested them in the "International Weekly" published during 2022. In particular, respondents noted the following:
- Security topics (politics);
- analysis of the topic of the week;
- foreign policy of Ukraine on the European continent;
- military actions, foreign and security policy of Ukraine;
- the origins and course of Russian aggression;
- "Issues related to the brutal invasion of Muscovites into Ukraine and their constant lying behavior at various levels";
- Russian-Ukrainian war;
- Western military aid to Ukraine;
- relations between Ukraine and the EU;
- The influence of religion on the population of Ukraine;
- The following publications were in particular highly rated:
- 13th issue of the "weekly";
- 18th issue of the "weekly";
- "The G-20 summit as evidence of a global breakdown of civilizational values";
- "Warning of twenty".
The analysis of readers' questionnaires also identified areas of work to further improve the effectiveness of "International Weekly", in particular, expanding the topic of analysis of current aspects of Ukraine's foreign policy. Among the topics that our readers would like to see next year are the following:
- Disintegration of Russia;
- prospects of Ukraine's relations with China;
- the progress of Ukraine's relations with the countries of the Maghreb and Africa;
- maritime security of Ukraine;
- military actions;
- the prospect of Victory;
- foreign and defense policy of Ukraine;
- prospects for the final neutralization of the Russian threat;
- Ukraine's military and technical policy and the development of defense industry in modern conditions;
- shapes of world and regional centers of power;
- intercivilizational differences and challenges;
- prospects for the formation of a new international and regional security system;
- in-depth analysis of the causes of 2014 and 2022 events;
- new international alliances;
- reforming international security institutions;
- cognitive warfare;
- Ukraine's recovery prospects and strategy;
- a real Ukrainian European strategy;
- humanitarian policy;
- destructive influence on the population and the anti-state position of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church: ways of solution;
- analysis of the Russian army.
FPRI also continues to expand the circle of "International Weekly" readers. This year, the audience of International Weekly has increased to more than 850 readers of the Ukrainian-language version of the "weekly" and 330 of the English-language version. Scientists, professors of domestic and foreign universities, Ukrainian and foreign diplomats and military, parliamentarians and former government officials, as well as experts of foreign analytical centers and employees of international organizations are among the new readers of the "weekly".
We are grateful to each of our readers who are interested in the issues published and events organaized by our Institute and to everyone who supports our activities. Separately, we express our gratitude to all those who stood up for the defense of our state, thanks to whom we are able to continue writing and publishing our analytics.
Glory to Ukraine!
Director of the Foreign Policy
Professor Hryhorii Perepelytsia