Leverage in a Tight Space: Zimbabwean Foreign Policy in International Organizations

  • Sarah J. Lockwood
Part of the Contemporary African Political Economy book series (CONTAPE)


This chapter explores the foreign policy of the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe, with a particular focus on the government’s use of international organizations (IOs). By providing access to support and funds, making it difficult for opposition groups to challenge the status quo, and helping the government to limit international criticism, many IOs have shown themselves to be useful tools in the ZANU–PF arsenal. Using them in this way is not without its challenges, however, and this chapter highlights the skill with which Mugabe uses the leverage he has to try and push his agenda within and through such organizations.


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  • Sarah J. Lockwood
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  1. 1.Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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