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A Shadow Rebellion in Chad

In early February, France revealed it had bombed Chadian rebels who had crossed from Libya to prevent a coup against president Idriss Deby. But as Ben Taub writes in The New Yorker, the situation underscores how Western states prioritize short-term solutions to the complex issues facing fragile African states. In the summer of 2017, a Chadian spy called me from a military base in the capital, N’Djamena, to inform me of a rebellion brewing to the north. The rebellion itself was hardly news—there have been scores of failed coups in Chad since it gained independence from France, in 1960—but the spy surmised that this revolt might come to pose a real threat to the regime. It was lead by Timane Erdimi, a disenchanted nephew of the President, Idriss Déby, who had seized power in 1990 in the same fashion as each of his predecessors: by capturing the Presidential palace in a rebellion of his own. For weeks, Erdimi’s rebels had been amassing weapons and personnel in the lawless desert of southern Libya. “Some soldiers are loyal to the President, some soldiers are not—no one knows how this will develop,” the spy told me. “They’re far from N’Djamena, but who knows how long […]

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Lecturer in International Politics- University of Leicester

Location: LeicesterVacancy terms: Full time, permanent contractSalary details: Grade 8 – £39,609 to £48,677 per annumHours per week: 37.5 About the role In this role you will contribute to the continued development of the School’s teaching and research in the area of International Politics, preferably with a particular focus on Africa. You will work pro-actively to develop academic publications and research collaborations whilst submitting grant applications and attending conferences. You will have a particular focus on delivering and contributing to relevant modules in both undergraduate and taught postgraduate curricula. About youWith a PhD in a relevant field, you will have expertise in International Politics, preferably with a regional focus on Africa. You will be able to demonstrate a record of international peer-reviewed publications whilst showing potential or evidence of an emerging record of research income. We are looking for a self-starter with passion for the subject matter to ensure our students receive the best possible experience with us.Additional information For informal enquiries, please contact Professor George Lewis on gdgl1@le.ac.uk or 0116 252 5370 We anticipate that interviews will take place during week commencing 6 May 2019 Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly […]

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