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.

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.

Russia to Moldova: Nice Little Country You Have There, Shame If It Froze to Death

Although Rogozin may have been wishing warm holiday tidings, he was more likely reminding Moldova that its natural gas supply comes bearing Gazprom’s seal.

Transnistria: Russia Anxieties Played Out on the Smallest Stage of All

Transnistria is taking on a significance totally disproportionate to its size. It is as if Russia’s regional anxieties are being played out on the smallest stage of all.

Russia Turns from Ukraine to Moldova

As with Ukraine, Putin is testing Europe’s resolve to see its expansion plans, and the dreams on which it was made, stand.

Moldova Looks to European Union

Moldova’s expanded economic ties with the EU, in particular, offer the prospect of increased trade and investment, and thus growth.

The Enemy Within: Moscow’s Hand Seen in Transdniester Moves

Leanca inherits a somewhat diminished hand than Filat had in dealing with Moscow and Tiraspol, and badly needs to assure a wary Europe that Moldova’s political strife is behind it.

Momentum Building for Transdniester Settlement

President Timofti’s forceful rejection of just such an effort last year shows that he has the political instincts and courage to stand up to Russia. He must now show that he can manage a more subtle form of coercion – diplomatic pressure to make a deal.