Facing extreme hyperinflation, a history of economic crises, corrupt governance, and frequent droughts due to climate change, Zimbabwe is currently challenged with high poverty rates and the risk of economic collapse. Despite a military coup in 2018, new leadership, and promises of reform, problems persist. Rural-urban tensions and clashes between the leading party and the opposition have maintained a tense environment as the country attempts to recover from the collapse of the Zimbabwean dollar. Allegations of the government building its weapons stockpiles have increased concern of violent suppression of opposition. Our analysis has concluded that Zimbabwe is likely to maintain the status quo and eventually face a risk of intrastate conflict due to growing discontent. These findings are premised upon the Country Indicators for Foreign Policy Project (CIFP) and were arrived at by utilizing its categorical risk assessment mechanism.
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