Economic Crises and Political Uncertainty Plague Zimbabwe

September 13, 2016

With the economy in free fall and battling a rising tide of protest, Zimbabwe's ruling party is in crisis. Zimbabwe is facing a transition, but the outcome remains unclear. For months, the state has been battling a rising tide of protests and “stay-aways” prompted by economic collapse...

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....

May-December Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa

February 05, 2014

Africa must ensure that youth have an opportunity to engage in all aspects of society. In 2009, African leaders met in Addis Ababa to declare 2009-2018 as the "African Youth Decade." Despite rhetoric promising to mobilize resources to help spur human development and curb unemployment,...

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...

Zimbabwe: The Road to Stability?

August 20, 2013

How will Mugabe’s re-election impact relations with South Africa? By Michael Kahn Robert Gabriel Mugabe of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), won a seventh term as leader of the government of Zimbabwe. In polls on July 31, ZANU-PF received around 61% of the...

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%...

Restauration and Dilemma in Zimbabwe

August 05, 2013

In the aftermath of Mugabe's win, a level of uncertainty surrounds Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is back in the news. Amid allegations of fraud, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced the country's election results. Robert Mugabe of ZANU-PF won 61 percent of the vote, with Morgan...

Is Mugabe on the Road to Victory?

August 01, 2013

The initial optimism surrounding Zimbabwe's election is now fading.  A new president and parliament are expected to be elected by Zimbabweans under the new constitution that was approved and ratified earlier this year. Wednesday's vote was monitored by...

Zimbabwe: Diamonds Are Worth More Than Democracy

July 31, 2013

Whether Zimbabwe's elections are free and fair matters little for the international community. Amid the hand wringing from the outside world over how free and fair Zimbabwe's elections will be, one uncomfortable question lingers. Does it really matter? Yes, 1 million dead voters...

Elections in Zimbabwe: A Day to Remember?

July 30, 2013

The elections in Zimbabwe might mark the end of Mugabe. Zimbabwe is approaching the historic date that will mark a new era for the country. On July 31, the last chapter of the power sharing saga will come to an end with the long awaited presidential and parliamentary elections taking...

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