Policy Forum

Economic Collapse and Political Repression in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe

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Date and Time
March 24, 2008 4 - 5:30 PM EDT
1st floor/Wintergarden
Featuring: Walter H. Kansteiner, Principal, Scowcroft Group Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Carol Thompson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Department of State; and Richard Tren, Director, Africa Fighting Malaria. Moderated by Marian Tupy, Cato Institute.

On March 29 Zimbabweans will cast their votes in presidential and parliamentary elections that are likely to be rigged in favor of Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party. Mugabe and the ZANU-PF elite have presided over the collapse of living standards in Zimbabwe and the destruction of her economy. They are also responsible for massive human rights abuses that include a massacre of some 20,000 civilians in the Matabeleland in the 1980s. The panel will discuss the current economic and political situation in Zimbabwe, and possible post‐​election scenarios. The forum will coincide with the release of a new Cato study detailing Zimbabwe’s decline.