With the Chadian transition looking like it will last well beyond the 18 months initially envisaged, Chad's interim leader has been taking flak from Paris and Washington, two of his main partners. He had to field a tense phone call from Emmanuel Macron last month, the so-called pre-dialogue in Doha is dragging on, and discontent is growing in his own camp.
More than two months after preliminary peace talks opened in Doha, with Qatar's help, N'Djamena has finally managed to obtain a date for the end of discussions with the rebel groups, and hopes that this will lead to an agreement.
The Rome-based non-profit, which has close ties to Italy's security apparatus, is proposing to mediate between Chad's government and an armed group active in mining gold, a metal that sanctions-struck Russia is keen to get is hands on.
With the utmost discretion, the Chadian government has sent a team of generals to Doha to try to garner support within the rebels. One of their key targets is Timan Erdimi, nephew to the late Idriss Déby and a powerful figure among the Chadian rebellions of the last two decades.
The inter-Chadian preliminary dialogue, which had been postponed several times, finally got underway on 13 March. A host of key protagonists, curious to see how Qatar would find the means to reach a deal, came to the meeting.
The great number of political and military protagonists invited to Qatar could end up derailing the meeting between the rebel groups. By inviting so many to the table, President Mahamat Idriss Déby is seeking to dilute the process to try to keep control over events as long as possible.