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Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa

During his appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Tom McDonald had over two dozen meetings with former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Ambassador McDonald joins American Ambassadors Live! Podcast host Ambassador Philip Hughes to discuss the life of Robert Mugabe, what Zimbabwe was like under his rule, and the differences and similarities between Mugabe and the country's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.


Ambassador Tom McDonald is a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Washington, DC office. He leads the firm's administrative and regulatory law and governmental policy practice. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe from 1997 to 2001 and now continues to provide strategic business and government relations counsel both in Washington, DC and internationally.

Ambassador G. Philip Hughes served as the U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines from 1990 to 1993. Prior his appointment, Ambassador Hughes served as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council during 1989 and 1990. He is the Senior Vice President of the Council of American Ambassadors and a Senior Director at the White House Writers Group.


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