Matteo Figus

Matteo Figus is an expert on international politics, with special attention to diplomacy and geopolitical dynamics. He completed his studies at Cagliari University in Political Science, with a specialization in history and international politics, focusing on Afro-Asian countries. Over the years, Figus' research has focused on Nigeria as well as China and Southeast Asia.

Zimbabwe: The Countdown for Mugabe's Succession

March 09, 2014

Who will succeed Robert Mugabe? Although many external observers such as the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) endorsed the results of Zimbabwe's last election, Robert Mugabe's 2013 victory was marred by accusations of manipulation and fraud. Nevertheless, Mugabe was sworn in once again as the...

Mugabe and ZANU-PF: Shadows of an Uncertain Future

August 25, 2013

What does the future hold for Zimbabwe after Mugabe’s re-election? The victory of Robert Mugabe and ZANU-PF — although challenged in court by MDC and marred by suspicions of fraud and illegal practice — represents a political step of extraordinary importance. It seems as if cheating was not the only...

Zimbabwe: Monumental Fraud or a Well Thought-Out Plan?

August 12, 2013

Did Zimbabwe experience a moment of systematic fraud? The overwhelming victory of Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF came as a shock. Zimbabwe now has to deal with a Mugabe in full power and with a parliamentary majority that allows him to change the constitution at will. His reelection of a 61% majority,...

Zimbabwe: Under a Dark Shadow

June 27, 2013

As July 31 draws near, Zimbabwe is marred by a rising fear of uncertainty. Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court, the highest court in the country, has ruled that presidential and parliamentary elections must be held by July 31. The announcement was rejected by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, while President Robert Mugabe hailed...

Zimbabwe Four Years On: Heading in the Right Direction?

December 12, 2012

The Zimbabwean power sharing agreement of 2008 was hailed as a stepping stone to future improvements in this troubled country. But four years on, changes have occurred in Zimbabwe. Now to Africa and the world, the question that remains is whether the country is heading in the right direction.

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