The Roots of the Darfur Conflict and the Chadian Civil
US : Duke University Press
429 - 436 p.
In February 2008 the capital of Chad came close to falling into the hands of rebels seeking to overthrow President Idriss Déby. This attack by Sudanese-backed rebels was seen in policy circles as yet another attempt by the Sudanese government to delay or prevent the deployment of a foreign peacekeeping force in the region. Although the Sudanese government endorsed the creation of the hybrid force United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in the summer of 2007, it has not acted to make its deployment effective. The European Union has since decided to send another mission to eastern Chad, known as EUFOR, whose main mandate is to protect the camps for Darfur refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). In response, Khartoum has expressed concerns that this new European mission in Chad is meant to address the Darfur conflict and not to secure eastern Chad: European troops would use Chad as a base from which to intervene in Darfur...