Africa’s most populous nation, Zimbabwe, has long been considered a low-hanging fruit for Western interest.
The country is known for its gold and diamond mines and a rich mineral industry, but the government has largely been a bystander in the region’s recent political turmoil.
Now, the country is being thrust into the spotlight, with its government’s apparent support for the ouster of the former leader Robert Mugabe.
The government has been accused of “criminal” activities, including human rights abuses, by human rights groups.
The international community is deeply concerned about Zimbabwe’s human rights situation, and the potential repercussions of the ousting of Mugabe, but few countries have stepped up and taken a stand on the situation.
To put things in perspective, the United States, Australia, and South Africa all have the largest number of troops deployed in Africa, and they have all been deployed in the country in recent years.
In the case of the United Kingdom, its military presence is smaller than it is in many other countries, with a relatively small number of soldiers deployed in South Africa.
So what does this mean for Africa’s future?
If the United Nations and the European Union have any clout in Africa right now, it is through the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and other non-governmental organizations.
But while these organizations are working to provide assistance to countries in need, they have yet to offer any concrete solutions to the continent’s many problems.
That has been especially problematic for Africa, which has been struggling with a growing population, rising health care costs, and poverty.
If Western governments and NGOs are not going to put their money where their mouths are, how are they going to find more sustainable solutions?
Africa has an opportunity to create a more equitable society, but it is also one that is at risk of becoming increasingly unstable.
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