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International Crisis Group: Zimbabwe's Elections: Mugabe's Last Stand

"A return to protracted political crisis, and possibly extensive violence, is likely, as Zimbabwe holds inadequately prepared presidential, parliamentary and local elections on 31 July. Conditions for a free and fair vote do not exist. Confidence in the process and institutions is low. The voters roll is a shambles, security forces unreformed and the media grossly imbalanced. The electoral commission is under-funded and lacked time to prepare. Concerns about rigging are pervasive, strongly disputed results highly likely."

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Ask CFR Experts

Why aren't the United States and other western countries more involved in Zimbabwe?

Asked by Paidamoyo Chikate, from College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University

U.S. and Western influence in Zimbabwe is limited compared to the region's powerhouse, South Africa. South Africa is Zimbabwe's largest trading partner, and South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress, has wide-ranging contacts in Zimbabwean political circles.

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Zimbabwe in Crisis (Audio)

Speakers: Walter H. Kansteiner III and Tom McDonald
Presider: Reed Kramer

Listen to experts detail Zimbabwe’s current political and economic situation, and prospects for the country’s future in the wake of the Southern African Development Community support for a multibillion-dollar economic recovery plan.

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Zimbabwe in Crisis

Speakers: Walter H. Kansteiner III and Tom McDonald
Presider: Reed Kramer

Watch experts detail Zimbabwe's current political and economic situation, and prospects for the country's future in the wake of the Southern African Development Community support for a multibillion-dollar economic recovery plan.

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Zimbabwe in Crisis

Speakers: Walter H. Kansteiner and Tom McDonald
Presider: Reed Kramer

Speakers discuss Zimbabwe's fragile coalition government, collapsed economy and the severe cholera epidemic the country faces.

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Teaching Module

Teaching Module: Planning for Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

Author: Michelle D. Gavin

This module features teaching notes for Planning for Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe by author and CFR Adjunct Fellow Michelle D. Gavin, along with other resources to supplement the text. This Council Special Report argues that by leading an international process to plan for the eventual departure of Zimbabwe's President Mugabe, the United States can increase the likelihood that change will bring constructive reform instead of conflict and state collapse.

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Testimony

The Crisis in Zimbabwe

Author: Michelle D. Gavin

In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on African Affairs, Michelle Gavin discusses the crisis in Zimbabwe and its prospects for resolution.

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Op-Ed

Focus on Zimbabwe's People, not Mugabe

Author: Michelle D. Gavin
Christian Science Monitor

Michelle Gavin writes that the real question before the international community is not whether to support Mr. Mugabe or Mr. Tsvangirai; it’s about acknowledging that the people of Zimbabwe have civil and political rights.

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