The coup and the struggle for democratisation in Zimbabwe: Challenges, Prospects and Lessons

Edson Ziso, University of Adelaide

It’s been four months since one of the world’s longest serving dictators was forced out of power. Robert Mugabe dramatically left office in what was essentially a military coup albeit couched in popular protests. The unique political ‘transition’ that happened in Zimbabwe offers a great opportunity to re-look into the democratisation debate in Africa. This talk discusses the challenges, prospects and lessons for Zimbabwe’s democratisation in the context of the November coup.

Edson Ziso is a Visiting Research Fellow, in the Dept. of Politics & International Studies, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide. His research focuses on Australia-Africa and China-Africa relations, South-South cooperation, global governance and Zimbabwean politics. Ziso recently completed his PhD in Politics at the University of Adelaide.

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A portrait image of Robert Mugabe, a Zimbabwe man in aviator glasses and a suit.

26 Apr 2018


Hetzel Theatre, Institute Building
Corner North Terrace & Kintore Avenue
Adelaide 5000


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