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Targeted U.S. Support for Zimbabwe’s Recovery: Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs

September 30, 2009

CGD vice president for corporate affairs and senior fellow Todd Moss testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs about U.S. policy toward Zimbabwe. He urged members of the committee to support democratic elements of Zimbabwe’s government without aiding corrupt forces in the country.

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From Moss’s testimony:

I believe the United States should support this positive progress, while still remaining clear-eyed about the risks ahead. The challenge for U.S. policy is to continue to support recovery and the restoration of democracy while still maintaining pressure on the negative elements.

A passive wait-and-see approach is a recipe for failure. The unity government can only survive if it shows forward momentum and, given the depths of the country’s plunge, assistance from the international community is essential.

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