Since 2000, President Robert Mugabe’s refusal to tolerate challenges to his power has led him to systematically dismantle the workings of Zimbabwe’s economic and political systems, replacing them with structures of corruption, intimidation, and repression. Michelle D. Gavin surveys the current situation in Zimbabwe, identifying current structural and legal impediments to economic and political recovery.
This Human Rights Watch report documents how state officials arrest, detain and deport undocumented foreign migrants in the northern border province of Limpopo in ways that flout South Africa’s immigration law. It also documents how commercial farmers ignore basic employment law protections even when they employ documented foreign migrants.
Speakers: Walter H. Kansteiner, III Resident Senior Fellow, The Forum for International Policy; Former Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Tom McDonald Equity Partner, Baker Hostetler, LLP; Former U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe
Presider: Reed Kramer Chief Executive Officer, AllAfrica Global Media
In a meeting this week, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) expressed its support for a multibillion-dollar economic recovery plan put forward by Zimbabwe's new unity government. Discussing the necessity of the plan, Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biki said, "This government is only five weeks old so you can't expect us to sprint like (Olympic champion) Usain Bolt when we are still in diapers and we are still learning to crawl… But crawl we will, stand we will, walk we will, and sprint we will." Please join Walter Kansteiner and Tom McDonald to discuss Zimbabwe's current political and economic situation, and prospects for the country's future.
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The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
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