Why Moldova Matters, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, First Session, June 4, 2019   [open pdf - 437KB]

This is the June 4, 2019 briefing titled "Why Moldova Matters," held before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. From the opening statement of Rachel Bauman: "Moldova, the topic of our discussion today, is a small landlocked country between Ukraine and Romania which is typically viewed as a state torn between Russia and the West. It's worth exploring, however--and today we will explore--whether Moldova's problems are more internal or external. The country remains in a precarious position since its February 24th parliamentary elections. Today we'll look at Moldova in a regional context, as well as investigating some of the post-election internal politics. Will Moldova's deeply divided parliament be able to form a governing coalition? What influence will Moldova's oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc have on the process of forming a government? And is there real political will in Moldova, especially right now after elections, to become a full-fledged member of the EU? And finally, what's going on in the breakaway Russian region of Transnistria?" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Cory Welt, Jamie Kirchick, and Cristina Balan.

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