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.

Protests Rattle Monarchy in Eswatini

ADF STAFF Anger is boiling over in Africa’s last absolute monarchy, Eswatini. Since May, protesters have taken to the streets demanding political reform and greater economic opportunities. The protests were sparked by the killing of…

Chinese Smart Tech Fraught With Risk

ADF STAFF Chinese technology firms have been peddling “safe city” and “smart city” packages of technology in Africa for years. Suites of interconnected products and services include surveillance equipment, communications tools and…

Maritime Threats Converge in Somalia

ADF STAFF Just as one maritime security challenge in Somalia seemed all but resolved, another one gained momentum. After years of declining pirate attacks off mainland Africa’s longest coastline, the country is now fighting to rid its…

COVID Strikes Agriculture Industry

ADF STAFF Food security was a major problem in Africa before COVID-19 struck, with the United Nations estimating that nearly 282 million people on the continent were malnourished in 2020. But the pandemic has inflated costs for…