Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Cannon House Office Building
Live Webcast: www.facebook.com/HelsinkiCommission
Though typically viewed as a state torn between Russian influence and the West, Moldova faces not only external problems but also serious internal challenges.
Following February elections marked by corruption and vote-buying, Moldova’s deeply divided parliament now must attempt to form a governing coalition. In addition, five years after Moldova signed an accession agreement with the European Union, questions remain about whether the country is willing—or even able—to undertake the comprehensive reforms required to join the EU.
This briefing will explore these and other issues against the background of the continuing Transnistria dispute and Moldova’s precarious role in the region.
The following panelists are scheduled to participate:
Jamie Kirchick, Journalist and Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution
Dr. Cory Welt, Specialist in European Affairs, Congressional Research Service
H.E. Cristina Balan, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to the United States