Mon, Jun 10, 2019

Political gridlock in Moldova

Although representatives from the pro-Russia Socialist Party and the pro-European Union ACUM bloc reached an agreement on June 8 to form a coalition government, the deal was challenged by the Democratic Party, which argued to the Constitutional Court that it was formalized after the official deadline, meaning snap elections needed to be called.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Democratic Transitions Elections

Mon, May 13, 2019

Will Ukraine become a giant Moldova?

Without a red-tape slashing revolution, Ukraine will become a big Moldova—a bedroom country for migrant workers building the dynamic economies of eastern Europe.

UkraineAlert by James Brooke

Future of Work International Markets

Mon, Apr 22, 2019

US international broadcasting: recommendations from the Eurasian experience

Perhaps the most important US tool for contesting these narratives, directly to the populations Moscow targets, is US international broadcasting.

Report by Thomas Kent

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Wed, Oct 17, 2018

The New Cold War Could Learn a Lot from the Old One

Territories between great powers—borderlands—have always been areas of strife. So it is with the countries caught between Russia and the West, those that were once part of the Soviet Union or firmly within its sphere of influence. Much of Europe has consolidated and, with the United States, established a lasting liberal democratic order, but Russia […]

UkraineAlert by John E. Herbst

Moldova The Caucasus

Fri, Sep 14, 2018

A strategy for Moldova

The Republic of Moldova, a sliver of land bordering the European Union (EU) and NATO’s eastern edge, finds itself at a critical crossroads twenty-seven years after gaining independence from the Soviet Union.

Report by Anders Åslund and Timothy Fairbank

Corruption Defense Policy

Mon, Aug 27, 2018

More than a frozen conflict: Russian foreign policy toward Moldova

Recent Russian policy documents, such as the Foreign Policy Concepts released in 2016, all identify the post-Soviet space as one of Moscow’s top priorities. Moldova does not top of the list in this region, but it is far more significant for Russian policy makers than most Western interlocutors realize.

Report by William H. Hill

Defense Policy Geopolitics & Energy Security

Wed, Jun 27, 2018

Herbst Quoted in RFE/RL on Democracy in Moldova

Read the full article here.

In the News by John E. Herbst


Tue, Jun 26, 2018

Democracy Is Under Major Attack in Moldova. Is Anyone Paying Attention?

Last week a court in Moldova’s capital of Chișinău annulled the popular vote in local elections, which were won by pro-European opposition leader Andrei Năstase. The formal grounds for canceling the results are absurd; on election day the candidate urged people to vote on social media. This is no reason to block an elected official […]

UkraineAlert by Dumitru Alaiba


Mon, Jun 25, 2018

Q&A: What’s Behind Moldova’s Massive Protests?

Protesters are taking to the streets of Moldova’s capital of Chisinau again. On June 3, Andrei Nastase was elected mayor of Chisinau with 52.5% of the vote. Nastase, a pro-European prosecutor and anti-corruption activist, defeated Socialist Ion Ceban who favors closer ties to Moscow. On June 19, a Chisinau court struck down the election results, […]

UkraineAlert by Melinda Haring

Moldova Ukraine

Mon, Jun 4, 2018

The United States Remains a Beacon for Moldova

Ronald Reagan was fond of comparing the United States to “a shining ‘city on a hill.’” Today, some American friends tell me that phrase strikes them as shopworn or cliché. But for many in Eastern Europe who remain under Russian domination, it still rings true. The United States’ example of security through strength, democracy, free […]

New Atlanticist by Cristina Balan

Moldova Russia