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).

RUSSIA – Rediscovered Moderation a Poor Fit for Russia’s Putinist Policy (Pavel K. Baev, The Jamestown Foundation)

At the G20 summit last Saturday (November 21), virtually hosted by Saudi Arabia, Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to play the role of a wise statesman charting a course of cautious moderation in tumultuous times of economic spasms and pandemic.