Power Vertical Podcast Ep. 34
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There's something strange afoot in Moldova. It's not just that there are were competing governments, one backed by parliament and the other by the Constitutional Court. It's not just that there were two competing presidents, each claiming legitimacy. And it is not just that the pro-Western ACUM party has entered into an unlikely alliance with their arch-rivals, the pro-Moscow Socialists.
All of these things are strange enough. But what is even stranger, is that the United States, the European Union, and Russia appear—at least for the moment—to be on the same page on a crisis in a post-Soviet country.
And while that is unlikely to last, it does signal that the struggle for Moldova has entered into a crucial new phase—one that has implications beyond that country and for much of the former Soviet space.
So what's going on in Moldova? And why does it matter? Listen up Brian Whitmore is joined by Donald N. Jensen and special guest Corina Rebegea, director of the U.S.-Romania Initiative and Fellow-in-Residence at CEPA.
14 June 2019