Déby’s Chad: Political Manipulation at Home, Military Intervention Abroad, Challenging Times Ahead – usip

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 / BY: Jérôme Tubiana; Marielle Debos


Since gaining its independence from France in 1960, Chad has evolved from a one-party state into a multiparty regime, endured successive rebellions, and become an interventionist regional actor. Thanks to both an oil boom and corruption, segments of the Chadian elite have become very rich, but most of the population is mired in poverty. This report examines the country’s political system, which has kept President Idriss Déby in power for twenty-seven years, and the country’s recent foreign policy, which is notable for a series of regional military interventions, to assess Chad’s current and future regional role.

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