Moldova: The Growing Pains of Democracy

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Room 2200, Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
United States
Unofficial Transcript: 
Kyle Parker
Title Text: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
H.E. Igor Munteanu
Ambassador of Moldova to the United States, Canada, and Mexico
Republic of Moldova
William Hill
Professor, National Security Strategy
National War College
Matthew Rojansky
Deputy Director, Russia and Eurasia Program
Carnegie Endowment

In this briefing, which Commission Staffer Kyle Parker chaired, the focus was on the progress on the implementation of democratic institutions in the former Soviet Republic of Moldova. The briefing took place on the heels of the December elections in the region of Transnistria and what such elections may have portended for the future in terms of normalization of the conflict in the region that had existed for twenty years at the time of the briefing.

To be sure, at the time that the briefing was held, Moldova still had a lot of progress to make regarding human rights commitments, particularly as far as corruption and human trafficking were concerned, two intertwined issues that had been of particular interest to the Commission. However, as far as human rights commitments are concerned, Moldova has led the countries of the commonwealth of independent states.

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