Delegations for Dialogue’s first programme to Transnistria and Moldova took place in November 2017. Building on the successes of this programme, this summer we shall return to the region with our first official fact finding delegation to assess the key logics and dynamics of the most populous post-Soviet “frozen conflict” zone, Transnistria. This programme will assess the unique political, economic and developmental implications of Transnistria’s de facto independence from Moldova since the war of the early 1990s while also exploring the range challenges facing Moldova in its aspiration to attain European Union (EU) membership. Further, the delegation will strive to determine the geopolitical significance of Transnistria in Russia's relations with the EU.

28 August - 2 September 2018 | Chisinau and Tiraspol


  • Participate in discussions, roundtables and seminars in Chisinau, Moldova and Tiraspol, Transnistria.
  • Receive exclusive briefings and insights from experts across the political spectrum.
  • Complete a co-authored dialogue report which summarises the range of voices in the debate. 
  • Witness Independence Day celebrations on the Republic Day of Transnistria (2nd of September) 
  • Engage in dialogue activities with students at the Moldova State University (Chisinau) and Shevchenko Transnistria State University (Tiraspol) 
  • Explore Soviet-era architecture and iconography in Tiraspo and sample local cuisine and the region's internationally-acclaimed wine. 

Programme Details

TYPE: Fact Finding

START: Chisinau, Moldova – Evening August 28th, 2018

END: Chisinau, Moldova – Evening September 2nd, 2018

PROGRAMME FEE: EUR450 (GBP450 and USD580) 

Financial assistance will be available for a small number of delegates. In addition, one specific ‘Research scholarship' will be granted to a delegate with proven research experience and be willing to assist Delegations for Dialogue produce an academic report on the insights gained during the programme. This ‘Research scholarship' will exempt the delegate from any programme fees. If you wish to apply for this scholarship, please clearly state so you in your application. 

Please read our Programme Fees and Funding page for more information.

FEE INCLUDES: Double occupancy accommodation, three meals per day, all transportation, Transnistria entry fee, all entry tickets. 

FEE EXCLUDES: Transportation to and from Chisinau, additional alcoholic drinks, travel insurance, personal spending on souvenirs and anything not mentioned under included.


  • Currently enrolled as a student at a university or academic institution.
  • Recent graduates (within 5 years of graduating)


Delegates will be selected on a rolling basis. Early applications are strongly advised. For more information please read the Application Process page

Programme Outline

August 28th (Tuesday): Gather in Chisnau; Welcome Dinner

August 29th (Wednesday): Meetings with Parliament, NGOs, and political party representatives

August 30th (Thursday): More meetings, Bus to Tiraspol

August 31st (Friday): Meetings with Transnistrian state officials and local NGOs, Sightseeing

September 1st (Saturday) : Visit Shevchenko Transnistria State University for Student Language and Cultural Exchange

September 2nd (Sunday) : Celebrate Republic Day of Transnistria in Tiraspol; Military Parade, Bus to Chișinău, Programme Concludes

“We will do everything we need to do to solve the Transnistrian conflict, and will guarantee the agreements that need to be in place to solve this problem once and for all in the interests of all people who live there,”
— Russian President Vladimir Putin, October 2017


Mr Alexander Khonitsk, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria), speaks with delegates in November 2017. 

Mr Alexander Khonitsk, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria), speaks with delegates in November 2017. 

Twenty-six years after a ceasefire effectively brought an end to the Transnistrian war, in many ways the region remains frozen in time. While Transnistria enjoys de facto independence, it remains unrecognized by any state other than the fellow post-Soviet breakaway states of South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Artsakh. Russia continues to provide economic support and around 2,000 Russian 'peace keeping' troops remain stationed in Transnistria. Meanwhile in Moldova, Europe’s poorest state, the Transnistrian conflict continues to be a defining feature of its domestic political landscape and one of the obstacles in EU candidacy negotiations.

This programme aims to facilitate constructive dialogue and an informed understanding of the political, economic and cultural challenges faced by governments, civil society and the people of Moldova and Transnistria. The programme seeks to explore the logics and dynamics particular to unrecognized states in general, as well as the wider implications of Russian involvement in Eastern Europe in particular.