An Approaching Transition in Zimbabwe Requires a U.S. Game Plan

Zimbabwe has not had a change in leadership since 1980 when now-President Robert Mugabe was elected as Prime Minister. Mugabe’s present physical frailty, however, has touched off an unprecedented succession battle within the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party. Widespread popular demonstrations against the government’s brutality, corruption, and dunderheaded economic policies have added to the ferment. One way or another, a transition is coming to Zimbabwe. The U.S. should prepare for that transition by building a strategy for engaging with Mugabe’s eventual successor, avoiding overt support for the protest movement, and resisting any international bailout package that would buttress the current regime.

Click here to read the full publication →