Following the lead of the State Department, a number of US political representatives have been reaching out to the transitional authorities in Chad. The Republican representative for Mississippi was received by Kaka on 30 May.
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 vastly wealthy businessman and former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, formed powerful business and matrimonial ties with Chad during his time in politics. He has continued to nurture these relations since Idriss Déby's death last year.
The prominent governor of Darfur lacks levers of influence in this region, which remains largely dependent on the goodwill of the central government. As the area slides once again into inter-ethnic violence, Minni Minnawi's patience is being sorely tested.
Two shadowy figures who frequently meet each other - Ahmed Kogri and Mohammed bin Ahmed al-Misnad - are steering negotiations in Qatar between Chad's government and rebel groups.
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 preliminary talks in Doha between the political and military forces and the Chadian government, which began three weeks ago, are stalling. Splits within one of the main rebel group have come to light. At the same time, the presidency is working on extending the transition period by several months.
Germany has been highly critical in recent years of N'Djamena and the Déby regime, but in late September it shifted its foreign policy to supporting the transition process, and Angela Merkel has even spoken by telephone with Mahamat Idriss Déby.
Abderrahmane Hassan Déby Itno, a nephew of the late president Idriss Déby, has secured a long-haul business jet for the Chadian transitional authorities to travel around on official business. The low-profile businessman has long played an important role in public procurement.
Moscow is working hard to ensure that the second Russian-African summit, scheduled for 2022, is a success. Picking the country to host it, organising a committee of experts, and deciding who should sit at the round tables are all being meticulously planned.