Mozambique and Malawi: Recalibrating a Difficult Relationship

Mozambique shares the largest portion of its border with Malawi. Despite extensive socio-economic ties linking the two countries, their relationship historically has been a difficult one.

This is in marked contrast to Mozambique’s friendly – almost fraternal – relations with its other neighbours. Since President Joyce Banda assumed power in Malawi on 7 April 2012, however, the two countries have begun a period of warmer relations marked by deeper bilateral co-operation. This paper makes specific recommendations on how to strengthen the relationship between Mozambique and Malawi.