A conversation with:
Senator David Coltart
Zimbabwean Human Rights Lawyer;
Minister of Education, Sports, Art, and Culture (2009-13);
Movement for Democratic Change
Representative Ed Royce
House Foreign Affairs Committee
Deputy Director, Africa Center
On Tuesday, April 26, please join the Atlantic Council's Africa Center for a conversation on Zimbabwe with Senator David Coltart. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce will provide closing remarks. This event will take place on Capitol Hill (2200 Rayburn House Office Building).
In his recently released book The Struggle Continues: 50 Years of Tyranny in Zimbabwe, Coltart gives an account of his decades of work in Zimbabwe as a human rights lawyer helping to uncover the 1980s Gukurahundi atrocities, his role in founding the political party Movement for Democratic Change, and later his work as Minister of Education, Sport, Arts, and Culture during the Government of National Unity (GNU), which emerged out of the 2008 political crisis and brought some stability to the country.
But three years after the end of the GNU, Zimbabwe is again on the brink of economic collapse. President Robert Mugabe, now ninety-two, is still firmly in power but is losing control of his faction-ridden party as the succession battle intensifies. Coltart will discuss the current political situation in light of the last six decades of Zimbabwe's history covered in his book.
Note: This event will take place offsite on Capitol Hill. For security reasons, we kindly ask guests to arrive prior to 4:00 p.m. All attendees may be asked to provide a photo ID prior to entry.