region of Chad
Coordinates: 14°07′10″N 15°18′48″E / 14.1194°N 15.3133°E
Kanem is one of 23 regions in Chad. The capital is Mao. It is named after the Kanem Empire.
It was created in 2002 from the former Prefecture of Kanem. In 2008, a portion of the Kanem region (the Bahr el Gazel Department) was split off to become the new Bahr el Gazel Region.
Since 2008, the region of Kanem is divided in three departments, namely:
- Kanem (capital Mao)
- Nord Kanem (capital of Nokou)
- Wadi Bissam (capital of Mondo)