Johns Hopkins SAIS experts available to discuss the aftermath of the military takeover in Zimbabwe

As Zimbabwe’s military maintains control of the country and detains its longtime leader, experts at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) are available to discuss the legacy of President Robert Mugabe and future leadership of the southern African nation.
The scholars are available to further examine:

  • Was it a factional coup within the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front, or a real military coup?
  • How did the military seize power and what are the opposition’s main strengths?
  • Will President Mugabe remain as a figurehead?
  • How did President Mugabe maintain rule that spans almost 40 years?
  • What is President Mugabe’s legacy and contributions to the African liberation movement?
  • Could the president’s wife Grace Mugabe be a main contender as his successor?
  • How could the Southern African Development Community respond to the political changes?
  • What are the possibilities for economic reconstruction?

I. William Zartman is the Jacob Blaustein Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Organization and Conflict Resolution. Dr. Zartman previously served as the Director of the Conflict Management Program and the African Studies Program at Johns Hopkins SAIS. He was a Professor of Politics at New York University, where he also served as department head and associate director of the Center for International Studies. He received his MA from The Johns Hopkins University, a diploma from the University of Copenhagen on a Fulbright Scholarship, and his PhD from Yale in International Relations.
Adjunct Lecturer of African Studies David Throup is a former British diplomat who served as a Senior Research Officer for Africa. Throup has participated in 17 election observation missions and was in charge of the international observation of the 1997 Kenya elections. His final appointment in 2000 was as First Secretary (Political) in Zimbabwe. He has taught at the University of Virginia, Northeastern University in Boston, Keele University in England, and London University’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies. He also served as Chair for the Eastern and Southern Africa courses at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. He received his BA, MA, and PhD from Cambridge University, and MSc from the London School of Economics.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017