Chad: The Roots of Centre-Periphery Strife

The current situation (late 1979) in Ndjamena is much too chaotic for any balanced assessment as to the direction Chad is likely to follow. The purpose of the present article is to highlight the factors that impelled Chad to the brink of disintegration, rather than either to predict the future evolution of the country or to suggest possible solutions to the explosive tendencies in the Chadian polity. Sections: Socio-economic background – Political decay since independence – The rebellions and po- litical disintegration – The long road back? Map, notes.

Title: Chad: The Roots of Centre-Periphery Strife
Author: Decalo, Samuel
Year: 1980
Periodical: African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Volume: 79
Issue: 317
Period: October
Pages: 491-509
Language: English
Geographic term: Chad
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/721891
Abstract: The current situation (late 1979) in Ndjamena is much too chaotic for any balanced assessment as to the direction Chad is likely to follow. The purpose of the present article is to highlight the factors that impelled Chad to the brink of disintegration, rather than either to predict the future evolution of the country or to suggest possible solutions to the explosive tendencies in the Chadian polity. Sections: Socio-economic background – Political decay since independence – The rebellions and po- litical disintegration – The long road back? Map, notes.