RUSI NewsbriefVOLUME 27ISSUE 8members only

Patriotic Blackness: Africa and the Crisis in Zimbabwe

The concept of 'patriotic blackness' is crucial to any understanding of Africa's stance towards Robert Mugabe's regime.

Zimbabwe’s crisis has polarized opinion and divided the global community along the fault-lines of race, class and economics. The forthcoming European Union (EU) – African Union (AU) summit in Lisbon in December 2007 is a case in point. In July, the Portuguese government, under pressure from a potential AU boycott, indicated their willingness to invite Robert Mugabe. This perceived acquiescence has infuriated the British government and created the possibility of an intra-EU

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