As Moldova moves toward EU accession under the direction of pro-Western President Maia Sandu, the country has been working constantly to root out malign influence, gain energy independence and institute anti-corruption reforms. However, Moldova has been faced with challenges stemming from Russian espionage and disinformation campaigns aimed at destabilizing the country and inciting conflict — including in the breakaway Transnistria region.
On December 5, USIP held a discussion on the state of the conflict in Transnistria and efforts to combat Russia’s malign influence, propaganda, and destabilization activities in Moldova. The conversation also looked at Moldova’s broader trajectory as it moves toward EU accession and how the current challenges will shape the country’s future.
Ambassador Viorel Ursu, keynote remarks
Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to the United States
Deputy-Speaker, Parliament of Moldova; Chairman, Moldova-U.S. Parliamentary Friendship Group
Global Fellow, Wilson Center; Former Head, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Mission to Moldova Ambassador
Jorgan Andrews, moderator
State Department Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace