In the mind of Robert Mugabe

On Gideon Rachman, ‘The mind of the dictator’, Financial Times International Affairs Blog, April 4, 2008

What must be going on in the mind of Robert Mugabe? An interesting question. The honest answer is that we do not exactly know. But speculation is a wonderful mental exercise. And what we have learned about people with a violent past (tyrants and guerrilla leaders alike) gives us some clues.

Mugabe secured power through violence and has kept it by violent means for almost three decades. He will be determined to cling onto power. No matter what comes in his way, his basic instinct will be to crush it. More

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