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Chad: A Nation in Search of Its Future
Chad: A Nation in Search of Its Future
By Mario J. Azevedo and Emmanuel U. Nnadozie
170 pp, Westview Press, 1998

If ever the history of a place embodied Murphy's law, that place is Chad, Africa's fifth-largest country. Ethnic and religious divisions, colonial exploitation and neglect, poverty following independence, mismanagement and reliance on foreign aid, plus recurring civil wars fueled by meddling neighbors and regional caudillos have all combined to wreck Chad's prospects for making even meager progress. The authors of this concise survey of a little-known nation admit to a certain gloom in contemplating Chad's future. Success will in part depend on Chad's problematic relations with Libya, Nigeria, Cameroon, France, and the United States.