Don’t Give up on Moldova

Moldova is stuck in a geopolitical tug-of-war.

The West should make more of an effort to pull it into its orbit

Moldova—Europe’s poorest country—has struggled with the challenges of post-Soviet transition.

This transition has become vastly more difficult as a result of the breakdown of Europe’s post-Cold War security order in 2014.

Mauld 1aIt is now caught up in a geopolitical tug-of-war between Russia and the West, and is at risk of becoming Europe’s next security crisis, with potential consequences far beyond its borders.

Since gaining independence in 1991, power in Moldova has alternated between the Communist Party, which has traditionally sought stronger ties with Russia, and self-declared pro-European parties, which…

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