foreign-policy

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.

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