Nearly thirty years after gaining independence from the Soviet Union, the Republic of Moldova is at a critical crossroads. Eager to forge closer ties with the West, the government has made concerted efforts to bring the country closer in line with Western standards. Progress has been made over the past few years: Moldova has increased economic growth, reformed parts of the banking sector, and replaced Russia with the EU as its main trading partner. However, the country continues to face challenges in key areas, particularly in its democratic processes, justice system, and independence of media.

At this event, the Atlantic Council launches a new report on Moldova’s reform strategy and will bring together a panel of experts to discuss the country’s path forward. The Conversation is joined by Dr. Anders Åslund, senior fellow, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council; H.E. Andrian Candu, speaker of parliament, Parliament of the Republic of Moldova; Mr. Timothy Fairbank, senior fellow, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council; Ms. Corina Rebegea, director, US-Romania Initiative and Fellow-in-Residence, Center for European Policy Analysis; and is moderated by Mr. Jonathan Katz, senior fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States.