December 23, 2009
Moldova at a Crossroads
Center for American Progress, Center for American Progress
On December 7, the parliament of Moldova-a small, impoverished former Soviet republic of roughly 4.5 million people nestled between Ukraine and Romania-failed once again to elect a president. The minority Communist Party, or PCRM, which held power from 2001 until September 2009, boycotted a vote that would have given the presidency to Marian Lupu, the candidate put forward by the majority coalition that favors reform and European integration. While U.S. policymakers might be tempted to throw up their hands and give up on Moldova-where political instability has become a fact of life-it would be a profound mistake to let a country so close to the heart of Europe drift and potentially descend into chaos. This is all the more true given the transnational threats such as human trafficking...
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