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Chad’s President Dies in Battle

April 22, 2021

Episode Notes:

President Idriss Déby, the autocratic president of Chad, has died in battle fighting rebels in the north of the country. Déby spent more than three decades in power, and was a key counter-terrorism partner for France and the United States in the region.

Nathaniel Powell — an associate researcher at Centre for War and Diplomacy at Lancaster University in England, and author of France's Wars in Chad: Military Intervention and Decolonization in Africa — joins the Warcast to discuss the latest in Chad.


[ 00:53 ] What were the circumstances of President Idriss Déby's death?

[ 02:34 ] Whose now in charge in Chad and how big of a deal is this in terms of Chad's domestic and foreign policy?

[ 04:14 ] What developments will you be looking for in the days and months ahead that might indicate whether this transition is stable or unstable?

[ 06:06 ] Will Déby’s son still lead the military council by the end of the year?

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