The Great Zimbabwe Collapse

Over at RealClearPolitics, Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group discusses the ongoing economic meltdown of Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. It’s a good primer for those who haven’t been following the story. The conclusion pretty much sums it up:

But the risk for southern Africa of complete chaos in Zimbabwe may finally have become too great. When Mugabe goes, it will probably be the ZANU-PF elite that pulls the trigger. The president’s lieutenants have hesitated up to now because no viable presidential alternative has emerged from among them. They may soon decide that any alternative is more likely than Robert Mugabe to pull Zimbabwe back from the brink.

Meanwhile, Foreign Policy’s Carolyn O’Hara points to another development along the country’s southern border: the influx of immigrants into South Africa has resulted in the formation of the country’s own variation of the Minutemen. This, it follows, will undermine Mugabe’s support in South Africa, possibly to the point where the South African government ceases its attempts to uphold his legitimacy. For the sake of Zimbabweans, we can only hope.


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