It is now two and a half months since Zimbabwe’s coup or military assisted transition. While there has not been a widespread outbreak of violence, there have been notable changes to the patterns of disorder in Zimbabwe. These include:

  • An increase in the use of military in place of the police for controlling the civilian population. The police have largely been relegated to minimal interaction with the public.
  • A continuation of land invasions and competition for agricultural land.
  • A rise in very localized competition for resources and territory that was held by deactivated factions of ZANU PF.

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Zimbabwe Political Violence and Protest
Before and After November 2017 Transtion
Clionadh Raleigh
Clionadh Raleigh
Prof. Clionadh Raleigh is Director of ACLED. She is also Senior Professor of Political Geography in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex and an external senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Prof. Raleigh holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado. Her primary research interests are the dynamics of conflict and violence, focusing in particular on the role of formal and informal political structures. Additional interests include Africa, political geography, social/political consequences of climate change, and GIS/spatial econometrics.
Helen Morris
Helen Morris
Helen Morris is an Africa Researcher with ACLED. Her research focus is political elites and political violence in Zimbabwe and Uganda. She has an MSc in African Studies and is based in Harare, Zimbabwe.
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