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CrisisWatch Southern Africa

CrisisWatch is a monthly early warning bulletin designed to provide a regular update on the state of the most significant situations of conflict around the world.

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Trends for Last Month November 2017

Deteriorated Situations

Zimbabwe

Improved Situations

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Outlook for This Month December 2017

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Resolution Opportunities

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Reports & Briefings

In The News

14 Dec 2017
Borrowing more may well provide some short term relief [for Zimbabwe], but it is important to see how this contributes to the long term solution as the country digs an even bigger debt hole. Daily News

Piers Pigou

Senior Consultant, Southern Africa
1 Dec 2017
[Zimbabwe's new cabinet including controversial figures ] does not bode well, certainly. We will have to wait and see what the [new ministers] actually do but it does not bode well. The Guardian

Piers Pigou

Senior Consultant, Southern Africa
1 Dec 2017
The deployment of senior members of the [Zimbabwean] military into the cabinet is profoundly shocking. [It] does not reflect the [inclusivity] sentiment expressed in [the] inaugural address. AFP

Piers Pigou

Senior Consultant, Southern Africa
1 Dec 2017
There has been a distinct impression that [Zimbabwe's new President] Mnangagwa is beholden and the power behind the throne is [the army chief] Gen Chiwenga. Financial Times

Piers Pigou

Senior Consultant, Southern Africa
30 Nov 2017
[Zimbabwe's new president] Mnangagwa is silent on the issue of electoral reform. It's worth bearing in mind that the way elections are run in Zimbabwe is about keeping most eligible potential voters out of the process. African News Agency

Piers Pigou

Senior Consultant, Southern Africa
27 Nov 2017
[Zimbabwe’s ousting of President Robert Mugabe represents] a military-assisted transition. This sets a bad precedent in terms of deepening democracy and pluralism in the region. Financial Times

Piers Pigou

Senior Consultant, Southern Africa

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Commentary / Africa

Three Critical African Elections

Delayed elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where the stalled transition risks provoking a major crisis, are one of three critical African polls: the DRC crisis, the recent vote in Kenya and Zimbabwe’s election next year all have important implications for democracy and stability on the continent.

Commentary / Africa

Mugabe’s Brittle By-election Victory Bodes Ill for Zimbabwe’s 2018 Elections

The ruling ZANU-PF is exploiting the many weaknesses of Zimbabwe’s electoral system to outpace the country’s divided opposition. Yet without a real change of policy, the country seems doomed to steeper decline.

Op-Ed / Africa

Zimbabwe Deep in Limbo

Political infighting and a collapsed economy offer little light at the end of tunnel for the majority of Zimbabweans.

Originally published in Independent Online (South Africa)

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