London's Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies will on Thursday host a one day conference on the Zimbabwe crisis. Speakers include Dr Ibbo Mandaza, a Zimbabwean publisher who has been closely linked to former finance minister Dr Simba Makoni's presidential bid. As RUSI says of the event on its website: "the conference will bring together policy – makers, analysts, and security sector professionals from Zimbabwe and elsewhere for a comprehensive discussion of some of the key issues facing the nation in 2008, and beyond". However, it goes without saying that a lot of interest will be focused on the goings on within the ruling party following Makoni's shock announcement. All eyes will definitely be on Ibbo.