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Title   The Western response to the crisis in Zimbabwe
Author Lee, Margaret C.
Edition PDF
Published Oslo: University of Oslo, SUM
Year 2003-12-31
Pages 17
Serial ISSN 0804-7391
Abstract This paper puts four major arguments forth. First there are three primary actors responsible for the current crisis in Zimbabwe: Western governments, white commercial farmers, and the post-independence leaders of Zimbabwe. Second, by being initially solely concerned with the human and property rights of the white minority, Western governments lost the opportunity to make a credible case against the decline of democracy and worsening of human rights in Zimbabwe. Third, by the West's insistance on regime change, Mugabe could easily portray to a Third World audience that the UK and USA had double standards. Fourth and last, the UK and USA were confident regime change would happen in the 2002 Presidential Elections and thus focused entirely on a post-Mugabe future. This left them with few policy options to influence events after Mugabe's victory, when the situation further deteriorated. In short, the West's response boomeranged.

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Themes
  • Elections
  • Governments
  • Human rights
  • International Relations
  • Political parties
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