Tag Archives: zimbabwe

#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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Mugabe’s machinations: the strategy behind the snap election


 In this opinion piece, William Muchayi asks why it is in Mugabe’s interests to call a snap election: he warns us that whilst Mugabe is old and frail, he is remains politically agile. William in an independent political analyst.

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Mugabe and Maputo: the consequences of SADC’s communiqué


In this opinion piece, Pedzisai Ruhanya looks at the shifting political landscape in Zimbabwe. He argues that Mugabe’s recent machinations have backfired at a domestic and a regional level and that this may have significant consequences for the upcoming elections. Pedzisai is a PhD candidate and Director of the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute.

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Everything to play for? Party politics in Zimbabwe

Nicole Beardsworth

In this blog, Nicole Beardsworth asks how the MDC and ZANU-PF are fairing in the run up to Zimbabwe’s national election. Nicole is a former researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and is currently a Masters candidate at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.   

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