Tag Archives: zimbabwe

Imagining a different form of external support in Libya


Dr Mediel Hove argues that there is a role for external actors in Libya but it should be driven by the African Union and centred on the concepts of compromise and power sharing. Mediel Hove is a widely published senior lecturer of War, Peace and Strategic Studies at the University of Zimbabwe. He is also a […]

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The War Vets turn on ‘Mr Mugabe’

Sara Rich Dorman

Sara Rich Dorman explores the recent actions of war vets in Zimbabwe, and asks what the future holds for ‘Mr Mugabe’. Sara is a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Her book ‘Understanding Zimbabwe’ will be released next month.

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Protest, pastors and the courts in Zimbabwe

Sara Rich Dorman

Sara Rich Dorman reflects on recent development in the #ThisFlag movement, including the release of Pastor Evan Mawarire. Placing developments in their broader political and historical context, she argues that there is cause for both caution and celebration in the wake of the Pastor’s release. Sara is a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Her book […]

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#thisflag and the power of nationalism in Zimbabwe

Sara Rich Dorman

Sara Rich Dorman takes a look at the #thisflag movement in Zimbabwe and asks why the country’s flag has been relatively absent from protest politics to date. Sara is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Edinburgh. She tweets at @afr_pol.

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The politics of factionalism in a fractured Zimbabwe


In this blog, Elmond Bandauko from the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute looks at the divisions that are currently defining politics in Zimbabwe. The ZDI is a political think tank based in the country, established in 2012.

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Mugabe’s rule: From Darling to Despot, and from Hope to Hunger


In this post Jeffrey Smith explores Robert Mugabe’s time in office, and its impact on the politics and development of Zimbabwe. Jeffrey is an Advocacy Officer at the Robert F. Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights. The views expressed here are his own. 

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Reflecting back, looking forward: ZDI


1.Tell us a bit about the work of the ZDI Trust  The Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI) is a politically independent public policy think-tank based in Zimbabwe.   We generate and disseminate innovative ideas, cutting-edge research and policy analysis to advance democracy, development, good governance and human rights in Zimbabwe. We also aim to promote open, informed […]

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Securing reform? Power sharing and civil-security relations in Kenya and Zimbabwe


 In this blog, Alexander Noyes tells us about his recent research, which explores the relationship between power sharing agreements  and Security Sector Reform (SSR). In many transitional countries, SSR can play a crucial role in making situations more stable and democracy more feasible. But can power sharing agreements help SSR where it matters most? Alexander is a […]

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Making connections: mobile phone polling in Zimbabwe

In this opinion piece, Alex Laverty argues mobile phone polling prior to elections in Zimbabwe could have made an important contribution to political parties trying to shape their policies, and election monitors trying to ascertain the degree to which Mugabe’s victory was real or rigged… For more details on the technical side of Alex’s propositions, […]

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‘Can’t touch this': ZANU-PF’s media victory


The framing of the Zimbabwean elections has been fiercely contested for months now, as each side has attempted to create the context in which the poll results would be read. In the crucial period between the polls closing and the election results being announced next week, Alex Laverty argues that ZANU-PF have secured a major […]

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