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How the U.S. aided Robert Mugabe's rise

Nov 26, 2017 - Washington Post Blogs
Board and Executive Moves

Facing almost certain impeachment, Robert Mugabe has resigned, ending his 40-year rule in Zimbabwe. And while it's tempting to see the attempted coup that preceded his resignation as purely a problem of a foreign dictator who has overstayed his welcome, the rise of Mugabe was actually intimately tied up with U.S. Cold War politics.

In late 1975, the Cold War had arrived in southern Africa. By early 1976 - while Ronald Reagan and President Gerald Ford were battling for the Republican nomin...