The Zimbabwe Crisis and Fall of Robert Mugabe, Explained

Zimbabwe has had exactly one leader in its entire 37 year history as an independent country. That was, until November 14th Robert Mugabe was deposed in an apparent coup.

What happens next is still very much in the air. Right now, Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace are under an apparent house arrest and he is refusing to formally relinquish power, though he may soon be forced into exile. Meanwhile, his recently sacked vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa seems to be calling the shots.

On the line with me to discuss recent events in Zimbabwe and offer some deeper context in which to understand how, after 37 years, Robert Mugabe’s time in power has abruptly come to an end is Amb John Campbell, who is the Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC.

Amb. Campbell explains how an intra-party rivalry over who might succeed the 93 year old Robert Mugabe seems to have triggered this coup. We also discuss Mugabe’s history as a singularly fascinating liberation leader who for a time presided over a booming economy, until, that is, he ruined it, for reasons Ambassador Campbell explains.

If you have 30 minutes and want to understand how the coup unfolded and what might come next, then have a listen

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