The United States has largely steered clear of Chad’s internal crisis, but the inadequacies of crisis management in Chad will continue to negatively impact the situation in Sudan, where the United States has invested heavily in peace. It’s time to get serious about Chad, and the Obama administration is in a unique position to coordinate pressure on President Déby to enact genuine political reforms.
Less than a week after Chad and Sudan inked a formal agreement to set aside their differences this past May, the Sudanese government gave Chadian rebels the green light to launch a cross-border attack from their rear bases inside Darfur. Having repelled Sudan-backed rebel offensives that reached the capital N’Djamena in 2006 and 2008, the Chadian military was well prepared. Chadian forces routed the rebels near the border, chased them back into Sudan, and launched cross-border airstrikes against those who tried to regroup.
Lost in the Sahel
Toward a diplomatic strategy for Chad
Prioritize political reform
Conclusion: an integrated, regional approach