A democratic dictator's success: how Chad's President Deby defeated the military opposition in three years (2008–2011)
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Original versionHansen, K.F. (2013). A democratic dictator's success: how Chad's President Deby defeated the military opposition in three years (2008–2011). Journal of Contemporary African Studies , 31(4), pp. 583-599 10.1080/02589001.2013.840974
This article focuses on how President Deby re-gained power after a nearly successful coup d'état against him in February 2008. The analysis points towards one major external reason for success and a divided internal strategy. The international community's little interest in Chad and the desire for political stability among the few interested states are the main external reasons for Deby's success. Internally, Deby's use of violence and co-optation explain his success. Deby defeated the Chadian military opposition by combining co-optation of adversaries in Chad's patrimonial marketplace.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Journal of Contemporary African Studies on 26 Sep 2013, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02589001.2013.840974.