Zimbabwe’s Dictator Fell but the Country Is Still In Trouble

Things in the beleaguered African country might yet get worse before they get better. by Marian L. Tupy I was still a university student when I learned that Robert Mugabe, the leader of Zimbabwe since 1980, had started expropriating land from that country’s farmers, leading to the second highest hyperinflation in recorded history and a …

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After coup, will Zimbabwe see democracy or dictatorship?

Steven Feldstein, Boise State University For decades, Robert Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe in a ruthless, even reckless manner. Over nearly 40 years, he turned the “jewel of Africa” into an economic basket case that’s seen inflation of up to 800 percent. Then, late in the night of Nov. 14, the country’s security services detained and put …

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Zimbabwe needs wide reforms to have credible elections

Enock C. Mudzamiri, University of South Africa Zimbabwe’s Constitution requires it to hold elections by July 2018. It seems unlikely that the country’s political system will be reformed in time to ensure the election is free and fair. The opposition will therefore be at a disadvantage again. It seems to have abandoned its calls for …

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A military coup is afoot in Zimbabwe. What’s next?

David B. Moore, University of Johannesburg Nobody is safe from the rages of Zimbabwe’s First Lady, “Dr. Amai” Grace Mugabe. There was the young South African model Grace lashed with extension cords. 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe’s longtime and usually trusted ally Emmerson Mnangagwa, was next in the firing line: he was sacked because his supporters …

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Can the United States Help Africa?

by Marian L. Tupy I recently wrote about growing prosperity on the African continent. I noted that African economies are, by and large, rapidly growing. As such, indicators of human well-being, including infant mortality, life expectancy and nutrition, have been improving. Regrettably, there has been no substantial improvement in the quality of Africa’s institutions. The …

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