Power Vertical Podcast Ep. 53

It was an unlikely alliance and an unusual experiment.

When the pro-Western ACUM party teamed up with their arch-rivals, the pro-Moscow Socialists, to form a government this summer—a government backed by the United States, the European Union, and Russia—Moldova seemed on the brink of a breakthrough.

But that government has collapsed, presidential elections loom next year, and the struggle for Moldova has entered into a crucial new phase. And what happens in this small European country has implications not just for its 3.5 million citizens, but for the rest of the former Soviet space, for Europe, and in the geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West.

So what’s going on in Moldova? What happens next? And why does it matter? Listen to episode 53 of the Power Vertical Podcast as Brian Whitmore is joined by CEPA’s Corina Rebegea and Donald N. Jensen to find out.

Audio Clip: “Discurs susținut de Maia Sandu înainte de dezbaterea moțiunii de cenzură” via Privesc.Eu Moldova. 

Photo: U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Robert Jordan, North Carolina National Guard Public Affairs.

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Brian Whitmore

Brian Whitmore is Director of the Russia Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis. Before joining CEPA he was Senior Russia Analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He also worked as a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe in Moscow and Prague; as a graduate instructor in the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of South Carolina; and as a visiting lecturer in the History Faculty at Mechnikov National University in Odessa, Ukraine and the International Relations Faculty at St. Petersburg State University.

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December 20, 2019

The Power Vertical is a CEPA podcast covering the Kremlin for Kremlin watchers. All opinions are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the position or views of the institutions they represent or the Center for European Policy Analysis.