Moldova’s Reforms: Progress, Challenges, and Future Prospects

September 17, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC
Dr. Anders Åslund
Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

H.E. Andrian Candu
Speaker of the 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

Moderated by:

Mr. Jonathan Katz
Senior Fellow
The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Please join the Atlantic Council for an event entitled Moldova’s Reforms: Progress, Challenges, and Future Prospects, on Monday, September 17, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Atlantic Council headquarters (1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, West Tower Elevators, Washington, DC 20005).

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 will launch a new report on Moldova’s reform strategy and will bring together a panel of experts to discuss the country’s path forward.
We hope you can join us for this timely discussion.

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Dr. Anders Åslund is a senior fellow in the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council. He also teaches at Georgetown University. He is a leading specialist on economic policy in Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe. Dr. Åslund has served as an economic adviser to several governments, notably the governments of Russia (1991-94) and Ukraine (1994-97). He is chairman of the Advisory Council of the Center for Social and Economic Research, Warsaw, and of the Scientific Council of the Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition. He has published widely and is the author of fourteen books, most recently with Simeon Djankov, Europe’s Growth Challenge (OUP, 2017) and Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It (2015). Other books of his are How Capitalism Was Built (CUP, 2013) and Russia’s Capitalist Revolution (2007). He has also edited sixteen books. Previously, Dr. Åslund worked at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Brookings Institution, and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He was a professor at the Stockholm School of Economics and the founding director of the Stockholm Institute of East European Economics. He served as a Swedish diplomat in Kuwait, Poland, Geneva, and Moscow. He earned his PhD from Oxford University.

H.E. Andrian Candu was elected chairman of the Parliament of Moldova in January 2015. Prior to his election, he served as a member of parliament (2010-2013), deputy speaker of the parliament (2013-2014), and as deputy prime minister, minister of economy of the Republic of Moldova (2014-2015). H.E. Candu also spent time in the private sector, serving as general director of prime management and senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. H.E. Candu holds a master’s degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Faculty of Law of the Babes-Bolyai University, Romania.

Mr. Timothy Fairbank is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. From 2008 to 2016, Mr. Fairbank was the co-founder and managing director of Development Transformations (DT), where he oversaw and managed the organization’s governance, civil society, analytical research, and elections programs throughout the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Prior to co-founding DT, Mr. Fairbank spent nearly a decade at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) where he worked on elections and provided technical assistance to civil society organizations and foreign governments. In addition to holding various positions at NDI’s headquarters, he worked for several years in the field directing programs in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Georgia. He served as NDI's first country director in Moldova, director of civil society programs in Ukraine, acting country director in Kazakhstan, and as an adviser to programs throughout the Eurasia region. Mr. Fairbank has conducted more than a dozen election-related assessments as a member of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and NDI international delegations. He also worked as director for democracy and rule of law at L-3 Communications and as an adjunct at the RAND Corporation. Mr. Fairbank has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the University of Maryland’s Department of Government and Politics. He earned his master’s degree, with distinction, from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Mr. Jonathan Katz is a senior fellow with The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Prior to joining GMF, Mr. Katz was the deputy assistant administrator in the Europe and Eurasia bureau at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), where he managed US development policy, energy security, economic growth, and democracy, and governance programs in Europe and Eurasia. Mr. Katz also served as the US government co-chair of political, economic, trade and development working groups with the European Union, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Poland, Romania, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). From 2010-14, Mr. Katz served as a senior advisor to the assistant secretary in the International Organization Affairs Bureau at the US Department of State. Prior to this, Mr. Katz had several leadership roles in the U.S. Congress, including as staff director of the Europe Subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and legislative director and senior foreign policy advisor for Congressman Robert Wexler. Earlier in his career, Mr. Katz helped to lead several congressional campaigns. He received a BA in speech communications from Syracuse University in 1994.

Ms. Corina Rebegea is a resident fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), where she leads the US-Romania Initiative and the Center's programming on democracy and rule of law in Central and Eastern Europe. She also works on disinformation and currently contributes to CEPA’s StratCom Program. Ms. Rebegea previously pursued her interests in national and international politics, rule of law development and public-sector leadership as project coordinator at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s Rule of Law Program South East Europe and as an active member of the Romanian non-governmental organization community. In her previous capacity, she built, managed and supervised projects dealing with justice reform, human rights, good governance, and public leadership in the South East European region. She completed her MPA at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs as a Fulbright scholar, with a focus on leadership and public and non-profit management. She is also a graduate of the University of Manchester as an OSI/Chevening Fellow (MA in human rights) and of the University of Bucharest (BA in political science).