A large, land-locked African country around twice the size of Texas, Chad currently stands at the confluence of several environmental, economic, health, political, and military disasters. Their combined effect is to strain already delicate state institutions to the breaking point, heaping additional hardship on not only the long-suffering 15 million people who live there, but also populations in neighboring countries, as many of these crises are trans-national in nature.

Recent examples abound of how the associate risks of state collapse metastasize outward from the affected state. Chad is no exception, and what may seem like a national problem in Central Africa today is a regional one tomorrow, and Europe’s next week.