Coming to terms

Zimbabwe in the international arena

Richard Schwartz



Robert Mugabe's ZANU (PF) party has dominated Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 and came to power with an avowedly revolutionary and Marxist-Leninist ethos and world-view. But Zimbabwe's position on the world stage and in Africa has been profoundly affected by practical political, economic, and international considerations at variance with the region's ideology. The author illustrates these tensions and the failure to restructure internal and international economic relationships--neither acknowledged nor explained for the electorate--and draws striking parallels with other emergent states in the developing world.


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Richard Schwartz is a journalist and international relations expert specializing in southern Africa. He carried out his research at the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.