The Reality Check project helps satisfy the demand for a more effective Western policy towards the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries. Its objective is to provide a framework for a rigorous review process engaging top domestic and international analysts, practitioners, diplomats and policy-makers to gather inputs and discuss Western policy options behind closed doors.
Under the aegis of the Lithuanian EU Presidency, the first such a review, focused on Belarus, took place in Vilnius, Lithuania, in October 2012. The process includes a Review Group of experts in order to compile a deep overview of factors influencing politics on the ground, both internal and external. A particular emphasis is placed on the independent character of the Reality Check gatherings and the Review Group to ensure an evidence-based and balanced type of policy-advice. Non-papers, as a product of the meetings followed by in-depth peer review, are released in order to contribute to the policy debate. Fostering a discussion based on evidence provided, the organizers hope to enable a more understandable and realistic Western policy.
Seven non-papers are already available for download: Belarus I (December 2012), Belarus II (May-June 2013), Belarus III (April-May 2014), Moldova I (April-June 2013), Moldova II (December 2013) Georgia I (April-June 2013), Ukraine II (October 2014-March 2015), Ukraine III (April-May 2015), Belarus IV (September 2014-May 2015).