Mid-life crisis

Popular Front of Moldova, 1988

Communication issues, work troubles, and an abundance of wine? Sounds like a mid-life crisis.

In the twilight and fall of the Soviet Union, most former Soviet republics struggled to define themselves as independent nation-states.

Moldova, which had little sense of a separate national unity before the Soviet Union, suddenly found itself torn between a multitude of competing identities. Some, claiming that Moldovan and Romanian cultures and languages were identical, clamored for unification with Romania. At the same time, ethnic minorities, who used Russian as a lingua franca, fiercely protested against marginalization. Still others attempted to differentiate Moldovan identity from Soviet, Russian and Romanian ties, claiming it was distinct and unique.

Enter: the Popular Front of Moldova. A group of writers, politicians, and thinkers aiming to define a new path forward for the small country, the Popular Front will soon be faced with challenges ranging from financial woes to identity politics.

It is up to this committee to define a new identity for Moldova and to lead it through the tumultuous years surrounding the Soviet Union’s collapse, with the ultimate hope that Moldova will rise to prosperity.


claire valva


elma hoffman

Crisis Director


alex price

Crisis Director