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  • Commentary posted May 7, 2009 by Thomas M. Woods, Roger Bate Threading the Needle: How to Give Zimbabwe the Boost it Needs Without Propping up Mugabe

    Slowly but surely, Zimbabwe is showing signs of life. A unity government that married the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF was finally created earlier this year. And though a bitter and crippling power struggle continues, often publicly, there is one profound difference that gives hope: Individuals in…

  • WebMemo posted February 12, 2009 by Thomas M. Woods Power-Sharing in Zimbabwe: Recommendations for the Obama Administration

    Morgan Tsvangirai of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has been inaugurated as the prime minister of Zimbabwe, but many remain pessimistic about the country's prospects for political stability or economic recovery. If the power-sharing deal brokered by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is going to help average Zimbabweans, the…

  • WebMemo posted November 7, 2008 by Thomas M. Woods Crisis in Congo and the Challenge for the International Community

    Deadly clashes resumed in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) just one day before the African Union-sponsored Nairobi summit aimed at ending the crisis was convened. The shaky cease-fire declared by the renegade Tutsi General Laurent Nkunda and his National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP) broke down in the Rutshuru region only…

  • Backgrounder posted October 31, 2008 by Thomas M. Woods Into Africa: Bush Initiatives That Deserve Continuing Support

    The ascendancy of Africa in U.S. foreign policy reflects not only the continent's growing importance to U.S. national interests but also President George W. Bush's determination to join compassion with resources. U.S. accomplishments with its African part­ners are undeniably positive and will be a central theme in the Bush Administration's overall legacy. The 2008…

  • WebMemo posted September 26, 2008 by Thomas M. Woods, Ray Walser, Ph.D. Mbeki's Ouster Opens the Door for Enhanced U.S.? South Africa Cooperation

    South African President Thabo Mbeki has finally been ousted by his political rivals in the ruling African National Congress (ANC), and for many the move comes none too soon. Mbeki leaves a less than stellar legacy: He is perceived broadly as an arrogant pseudo-intellectual who endangered the country's fight against HIV/AIDS, disingenuously promoted black economic…

  • WebMemo posted June 26, 2008 by Thomas M. Woods, Brett D. Schaefer Africa Must Confront the Growing Crisis in Zimbabwe

    The news emanating this past weekend from Zimbabwe--that opposition candidate and first round presidential election winner Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party was forced to pull out of the June 27 presidential run-off--is distressing.[1] Tsvangirai's decision to withdraw from the election is the direct result of a three-month campaign…

  • WebMemo posted May 23, 2008 by Thomas M. Woods The United States Must Increase the Pressure on Zimbabwe

    The second round of Zimbabwe's presidential elections will be held on June 27 according to Zimbabwe's Electoral Commission. The runoff pits the first round winner, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai, against President Robert Mugabe. Mounting state-sponsored political violence leads even Mugabe's staunchest supporters to question whether…

  • WebMemo posted March 14, 2008 by Thomas M. Woods Kenya's Stability Is an Important U.S. Priority

    The U.S. has shown important leadership during Kenya's political crisis, and now it must go further to act as guarantor of the accord signed between President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga on February 28. Kenya is an anchor for the region and for U.S. interests. Its stability is important enough for the U.S. to dedicate senior diplomatic attention to…

  • Commentary posted February 7, 2008 by Thomas M. Woods, Roger Bate, Marian L. Tupy, Tom Woods New Hope for Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe's economic meltdown and political repression just keep accelerating. Four million Zimbabweans have now fled the country, and most of the 8 million remaining there face extreme hardship. Since 1994, average life expectancy in the beleaguered nation has plummeted from 57 years to 34 years for women, and from 54 years to 37 years for men - the shortest…

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