From the department of it-has-already-collapsed:
Zimbabwe is closer to complete collapse than ever, and the regional initiative to find a negotiated political solution must be fully supported, a report says.At what point will someone (important) say "Zimbabwe has already collapsed. How are we going to pick up the pieces?"
The International Crisis Group, based in Brussels, says Southern African countries are the only ones with a chance of making a difference.
South Africa's president is trying to mediate between Zimbabwe's governing Zanu-PF party and the opposition.
But the independent think tank says this regional initiative is fragile.
It points out that some Southern African leaders remain supporters of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and there is a risk they will accept cosmetic changes that further entrench the status quo.