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Donald Steinberg, Deputy President for Policy at International Crisis Group, served as President Clinton’s Special Assistant for Africa and as Director of the State Department’s Joint Policy Council under former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
In the wake of fraudulent presidential elections, followed by a brutal military crackdown on the opposition, the hardliners in power agreed to a government of national unity in which the real opposition winner of the election now shares power as prime minister.
The hopeful scenario for Iran? No, the actual situation in Zimbabwe.
In the four months since Morgan Tsvangirai and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) joined a coalition government in Zimbabwe with their long-time oppressors, President Robert Mugabe and his ZANU PF party, a flicker of hope has grown stronger and stronger that the country has embarked on the long road towards political reform and economic recovery.
Optimists can now point to a growing sense of movement in Zimbabwe reflecting small but clear signs of recovery. Prices have stabilised, stocks have filled the shops, the government has begun to function after a fashion, and civil servants are being paid at least a modest stipend.
- Donald Steinberg, Deputy President for Policy of International Crisis Group, is a board member of the Women’s Refugee Commission and served on the UNIFEM executive director’s advisory council. The opinions expressed are his own. -
Preparations are now starting for the 10th anniversary of the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. This groundbreaking resolution was passed unanimously in October 2000 to address abuses against women during armed conflict, including sexual violence and displacement, and to bring women more fully into conflict prevention and peacemaking.
Civilians are dying by the hundreds and possibly thousands in the northeast of Sri Lanka. As government troops converge on the remaining forces of the rebel LTTE (Tamil Tigers) in a tiny strip of coastal land, tens of thousands of civilians remained trapped in the crossfire — getting killed and maimed in large numbers both by indiscriminate army shelling and by the rebels preventing them from fleeing, with equally lethal force.