Post-Soviet Moldova’s National Identity and Foreign Policy
Over the past half-decade, there has been a realignment in Moldovan foreign policy. As European Union (EU) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) borders have changed, Moldovan foreign policy orientation has moved farther westward. The irony is that after the 2001 parliamentary elections, in which the Moldovan Community Party (PCM) received more than 50 percent of the vote and approximately 70 percent of the seats (and elected Vladimir Voronin president), many analysts believed that the country would further integrate into the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and a Russian zone of influence. The 2001 PCM electoral platform outlined several policy changes that would have further solidified Russian influence in the country (e.g., the elevation of the Russian language as an official state language and Moldovan membership in the Russian-Belarusian union).
KeywordsForeign Policy Russian Language Romanian Language Parliamentary Election North Atlantic Treaty Organization
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