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Wed, Jun 16, 2021

Tensions mount between Belarus dictator and Kremlin

Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka's harsh crackdown on anti-regime protests has made him increasingly dependent on the Kremlin, but could Moscow be preparing to use him as a geopolitical pawn?

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Moldova

Thu, Dec 10, 2020

Russia in retreat as the Soviet collapse continues

Russia suffered a series of setbacks in its own neighborhood during 2020 that underlined the counterproductive nature of Moscow's imperial approach to the post-Soviet world.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Belarus Central Asia

Fri, Dec 4, 2020

Moldova’s diaspora flexes its political muscles

Maia Sandu owes her victory in part to a new dynamic force in Moldovan politics: the diaspora, which has kept the Moldovan economy afloat for years and is now making its political voice heard, even as the oligarchs and their allies attempt to keep the diaspora on the sidelines.

New Atlanticist by Sabrina Hernandez

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Tue, Nov 10, 2020

Eastern Europe’s pivotal run-off: Moldovans go to the polls again

While many are already looking to the January run-off elections in the US state of Georgia, another run-off looms in Eastern Europe. The Republic of Moldova is in the midst of a tightly contested presidential election colored by a frustrated electorate, foreign influence in its politics and economy, and rampant misinformation on social media.

New Atlanticist by Andrew D'Anieri

Corruption Democratic Transitions

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