Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, has finally lost his grip on power, expected to be replaced after a military coup by the deputy he sacked, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mugabe’s 37-year reign will be remembered for severe political repression amid economic collapse, and for the support he received from neighboring countries.
- Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen consider what role gendered power dynamics may have played in the coup.
- Elizabeth Sidiropoulos and Neuma Grobbelaar argue that South Africa's handling of Mugabe's increasingly lawless regime underplayed its leverage.
- Aryeh Neier and Archbishop Desmond Tutu called upon the African Union to intervene to prevent violence following disputed elections.
- Tawanda Mutasah argued that leaving resolution of Zimbabwe's crisis in African hands merely encouraged the Mugabe's regime repression of its opponents.