UkraineAlertOct 25, 2021
Europe must face up to the chilling reality of Putin’s energy blackmail
By Aura Sabadus
Recent developments in Moldova and the EU leave little doubt that Vladimir Putin is intent on using energy supplies as a geopolitical weapon and demonstrate the urgent need to diversify away from reliance on Russia.
UkraineAlertJun 16, 2021
Tensions mount between Belarus dictator and Kremlin
By Brian Whitmore
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?
New AtlanticistDec 4, 2020
Moldova’s diaspora flexes its political muscles
By Sabrina Hernandez
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 AtlanticistNov 10, 2020
Eastern Europe’s pivotal run-off: Moldovans go to the polls again
By Andrew D'Anieri
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 AtlanticistJun 10, 2019
Political gridlock in Moldova
By David A. Wemer
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.
UkraineAlertOct 17, 2018
The New Cold War Could Learn a Lot from the Old One
By John E. Herbst
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 […]
ReportSep 14, 2018
A strategy for Moldova
By Anders Åslund and Timothy Fairbank
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.