MOLDOVA – Moldovan Presidential Elections: An Effective Challenge to Populism (Dumitru Minzarari, The Jamestown Foundation)

On November 20, the Moldovan Central Electoral Commission validated the results of the country’s recent presidential elections, officially giving a victory in the second round (November 15) to Maia Sandu (, November 20).

MOLDOVA/RUSSIA – Moldova’s Presidential Elections Influenced by Heavy but Discreet Russian Involvement (The Jamestown Foundation)

Romania Sees Need to Overhaul Its Policy Toward Moldova (Part Two) (The Jamestown Foundation)

The Romanian government’s multi-year bet on Vladimir Plahotniuc in Moldova collapsed when his personal power succumbed to internal and external challenges. Warning signs had pointed the way to this outcome, but Bucharest responded each time by doubling down on its political investment in Plahotniuc. The lessons-learned process will, at a minimum, reveal the pitfalls to be avoided as Romania rebuilds its relationship with Moldova (see Part One in EDM, July 10).