The African Union's policy offers no wriggle room for a discretionary response to coups, a scourge that imperils the consolidation of democracy.
The role of the military in toppling authoritarian rulers, after intensive popular protests, raises questions about how the AU's policy against coups should be applied.
The debate on sanctions on Zimbabwe has been lost in the southern African region and on the continent.
The Zimbabwean government's brutal response to protests has dashed hopes for democracy under President Mnangagwa.
Two new books about Zimbabwe deal with the coup in November 2017. But the country's treasures haven’t been dug up yet.
For many Zimbabweans Robert Mugabe will remain a contested figure.
It's the final lap before Zimbabwe's first election since the fall of Robert Mugabe. The jury is out on who will win the presidency.
Zimbabwe's upcoming elections potentially marks the start of a new order in the country, where the stakes are extremely high.
A new survey suggests opposition Zimbabwean leader Nelson Chamisa is closing in on the ruling Zanu-PF's President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The emergent AU law is seen as distinct and separate from international law and the domestic laws of member states.
The world waits to see if Zimbabwe will pass the democracy test as it holds its first election after Robert Mugabe next month.
Survey shows Zimbabwean policy makers need not fear a public backlash if they choose to abolition of the death penalty.
Not all African leaders are willing to be swept by the democratic reforms of the early 2000s.
Too often developments in one country are seen in isolation. In southern Africa events in one affect others in the region.
Robert Mugabe's rule in Zimbabwe is over. But the country's road to democracy remains a bumpy one as Zanu-PF, the new president and the military go about entrenching power.
The past 12 months provided further evidence of the danger of democratic backsliding in Africa. But it also saw powerful presidents suffer embarrassing setbacks in a number of countries.
A narrow interest in whether Beijing actively pushed for Mugabe’s fall is based on the assumption that the China-Africa relationship is an isolated phenomenon.
Zimbabweans have every right to celebrate the end of Robert Mugabe's long and disastrous reign, but they would be wrong to assume that this is the end of their political problems.
But Zimbabwe must act quickly.
Zimbabwe's new leader needs to shake off his infamous reputation and the suspicion that he is merely another Mugabe in a younger frame.