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Moldova's Unorthodox Coalition: The First 100 Days

Moldova's unexpected coalition government between the avowedly pro-European ACUM bloc and the pro-Russian Socialist Party, formed on June 8, has demonstrated a surprising degree of cohesion and purpose. Long-time U.S. Moldova experts William Hill and Lyndon Allin will examine the coalition's domestic programs, foreign policy activity, and near- and longer-term prospects for success.

Draining the Moldovan Swamp


The Moldovan opposition's ouster of the ruling Democratic Party of Moldova (PD) represents a big battle won in the war against kleptocracy. With diligent follow-up and support, it could also lead to the emergence of a political culture that prizes good governance over false geopolitical choices.

Moldova’s Upcoming Election: What’s at Stake?


The Unfinished Business of the 1989 East European Revolutions

Recent developments in Ukraine can be viewed as a third attempt to complete the unfinished business of the 1989 East European revolutions. These revolutions succeeded in Central Europe and the Baltics, but brought mixed results in the Balkans and the former Soviet Republics. Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia remain the only post-Soviet states defying authoritarian tendencies. Dr. Riabchuk examined what could be done to complete the unfinished business of 1989 and strengthen democratic institutions in these former Soviet states.

Gender and Migration Between Moldova and Istanbul

In her book, “Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe: Gender and Migration between Moldova and Istanbul,” author Leyla Keough chronicles the story of Moldovan women who "commute" for six to twelve months at a time to work as domestics in Istanbul. The book explores the world of undocumented migrants from a post socialist state and reveals that their socialist past continues to color how the women view their labor and their roles within their families, even as they are affected by the same shifts in the global economy that drive migration elsewhere.

A Stronger UN for a Peaceful World - Conversation with Ambassador Natalia Gherman

The Women in Public Service Project and the Kennan Institute held a discussion with Ambassador Natalia Gherman, candidate for United Nations Secretary General. Amb. Gherman outlined her unique perspective and goals for new UN leadership, before taking audience questions. 

The Unintended Consequences of Counter-trafficking Programs in Moldova

In response to increased concern over sex trafficking from Moldova to Turkey, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched a variety of counter-trafficking campaigns. Drawing on 15 months of transnational, ethnographic research in Moldova and Turkey, Dr. Leyla Keough will show how these campaigns have had unintended, adverse effects on many women and families. Using excerpts from her new book, Worker-Mothers in the Margins of Europe: Gender and Migration between Moldova and Istanbul (2015, Woodrow Wilson and Indiana University Press), Dr.

Kennan Cable No.8: Is Moldova Headed East?

Chisinau, Moldova’s capital city, is extremely pleasant at the height of spring, with green, treelined streets, spacious parks filled with strolling couples and happy children, and sidewalk cafes offering Balkan and Mediterranean fare washed down with Moldovan wines. Yet worrying images intrude upon these idyllic scenes. Some side streets and sidewalks are in disrepair, construction on many multi-story commercial and residential buildings seems suspended, and “for rent” and “for sale” signs adorn countless, apparently empty structures around the city’s center.

Moldovan Parliamentary Elections: What Happened?

With most of the votes counted from the November 30 parliamentary elections, pro-EU parties hold a narrow lead, but it remains unclear what government they will be able to form. With conflict in neighboring Ukraine, close scrutiny from Russia, and EU soul-searching, what is now in store for Moldova’s EU ambitions? Oana Serafim, the director of RFE/RL's Moldovan Service, discussed what Moldovans expected would happen in the election, whether their expectations were fulfilled, and what the impact of the results may be on Moldova in the future.