Chad: The Population Mobilizes Against Françafrique

Mikhail Gamandiy-Egorov As expected, the processes of rejection of Western policy are growing stronger in the countries of the African continent. Even in the states on which the Western establishment continues to rely. The Elysée and the Quai d’Orsay are realizing that the dynamics in many parts of Africa, which they had hoped to slow…

Chad: Military Fire on Protesters Opposed to New Political Structure

Peoples Dispatch Protests in Chad in April 27. Photo: AFP On April 27, protesters were killed while were opposing the new political arrangement, which includes a military junta and a civilian prime minister. The protesters were on the streets against the coup staged by Mahamat Deby Pro-democracy protesters in Chad remain skeptical of French President…

US Machine Wars in West Africa

Scott Timcke Two soldiers from the Forces de Armees de Niger at a US military training facility. Image credit Mr. Robert Timmons for US Army Africa via Flickr CC BY 2.0. One striking feature of US military involvement in West Africa is the absence of an observable strategic vision for a desired end state. Nominally, US presence in…

Chad in Turmoil After President’s Death: Who Was Idriss Déby?

Sameena Rahman Crisis is gripping Chad following the demise of Idriss Déby, long-time dictator of the country and close ally to France and the United States. He succumbed to battle wounds April 20. Fighting between the government and rebels is raging as a newly announced council of military leaders attempts to consolidate its control of…

The AFRICOM Snake Slithers into the Lake Chad Basin

Ever since NATO’s 2011 regime change in Libya, the U.S. military command, AFRICOM, has had free rein in most of the continent. Boko Haram “terrorism” provides an excuse to intervene, but AFRICOM’s real aim is to secure U.S. control of African economic resources. “It took only the suggestion of potential oil reserves to inspire a…