Moldova’s Elections Carry Mixed News

There seems to be no real understanding in the West of how the world has changed in a mere twelve months.

How Will Moldova Decide?

Moldova’s political and economic futures can only come to be, no matter the short-term pain, with Europe.

Toward a Unified Theory of Russian Empire

Reports from Ukraine’s security services that known fighting elements from Moldova’s breakaway Transdniester region have been active in Eastern Ukraine are a sign of several, related, ominous developments.

How Many Divisions Has The West?

It is now reasonably safe to say that Vladimir Putin believes he is the Emperor of Eastern Europe. It is also safe to say he’s right.

A New Beginning

While all eyes are on Ukraine as we write this, there are other glimmers of hope in the former Soviet Union: Azerbaijan, Moldova, even Georgia, all have a chance to break loose to the West. (Ukraine’s fate is uncertain for now.)

And Then There Was Georgia

The combination of growing Georgian cynicism, Russian and Russian-derived money, growing Russian assertiveness, and European incompetence is undoing the nascent Eastern Partnership faster than European leaders realize.

Moldova Discovers the Perils of Being Europe’s Darling

Expect Gagauzia to increasingly agitate for independence, and expect Moscow to back that play as it backs Transnistria now.

Moldova 2014: A Do-Over

The impetus on Brussels now is to avoid another blunder. Ukraine is not lost to the European Union, but Armenia to all practical purposes is, a victim of Russian bullying and its own sins come home to roost.

Europe Needs a New Eastern Partnership Strategy

The Eastern Partnership failed because it was not an Eastern Partnership, it was an Eastern Condescension.

2013’s Year of Upheaval

2014 will be the year that Europe’s mettle is truly tested.