How can Zimbabwe successfully reintegrate into the international community?

Protest signs from demonstrators camped outside the US Embassy in Harare calling for the lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe, on 1 August 2019. Image: Aditi Lalbahadur
Protest signs from demonstrators camped outside the US Embassy in Harare calling for the lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe, on 1 August 2019. Image: Aditi Lalbahadur

This report seeks to provide a better understanding of the dynamics and impediments to improving Zimbabwean relations with other states, including those in the West.

It makes recommendations for ways in which the country could overcome the current political and economic impasse to re-engage more successfully against the backdrop of the Zimbabwean government’s efforts to build strategic alliances that will support its economic recovery. In July and August 2019, researchers from the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) visited Harare and conducted interviews with 18 stakeholders, including representatives of both major political parties, government officials, journalists, civil society activists, economists, and Western and non-Western diplomats. SAIIA’s fieldwork occurred exactly a year after the 2018 elections. Interviewees were pessimistic about prospects under President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and agreed that the mood and morale of the country was low. The report unpacks Zimbabwe’s political and economic landscape and the government’s international engagement strategy, as well as assessing the potential to explore joint efforts (with the region, and traditional and non-traditional partners) that could support a meaningful political and economic reform agenda in Zimbabwe.

8 Jul 2020

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Research by
Publisher
South African Institute of International Affairs and Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Country
Zimbabwe
SAIIA Programme
African Governance and Diplomacy
Tags
Elections, Emmerson Mnangagwa

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