Africa Defense Forum
ADF is a professional military magazine published quarterly by U.S. Africa Command to provide an international forum for African security professionals. ADF covers topics such as counter terrorism strategies, security and defense operations, transnational crime, and all other issues affecting peace, stability, and good governance on the African continent.

Desertions Weaken ISWAP, Boko Haram

ADF STAFF As the bloody rivalry between two large terror groups continues to destroy countless lives in northeast Nigeria, both sides are experiencing another kind of loss — desertions. In recent months, thousands of fighters from…

Viewpoint

U.S. Africa Command Staff Military intervention in politics has left a damaging legacy in Africa. Between 1960 and 2000 there were an average of four coup attempts per year on the continent. In many cases, these armed takeovers were…

An Opportunity From Crisis

Issimail Chanfi, permanent representative of Comoros to the United Nations, spoke during the Africa Dialogue Series 2021 on May 28, 2021. The U.N.’s Office of the Special Adviser on Africa sponsored the event. The theme of the series was…

Bats of Abidjan Face Troubled Future

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE At twilight, tens of thousands of bats darken the skies over Abidjan’s business quarter as they squeak their way between buildings in Côte d’Ivoire’s economic hub. The scene is a feature of the city’s Plateau…

Sudanese Doctors Fight COVID From Abroad

ADF STAFF What started as a small idea between two doctors based in the United States who wanted to help their native Sudan respond to COVID-19 has grown into something much larger. Dr. Reem Ahmed of Emory University in Georgia and…

Stand for Something or Fall for Everything

Affectionately called the “Baba of Africa” or “Africa’s father,” Olusegun Obasanjo has spent time as a military officer, statesman, peacemaker and human rights advocate. Born in 1937 in southwest Nigeria, he spent more than 20 years in the…

Letting Democracy Bloom

ADF STAFF Arab Spring protests swept across North Africa and the Middle East in the early 2010s as citizens rose up in the face of years of autocratic rule. The protests produced a range of results, from the lasting chaos in Libya to a…