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.
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The Franchising of Crime

ADF STAFF A Malawian court sentenced nine members of the Lin-Zhang wildlife trafficking gang to a total of more than 56 years in prison for dealing in endangered species in Africa. The gang, named for its husband-and-wife leaders, was…

Chinese Demand Fuels Illegal Rosewood Trade

ADF STAFF In The Gambia, rosewood is big business.  China merchants buy it — hundreds of thousands of metric tons over recent years — even though it’s illegal to harvest. Government officials are bribed to look the other way, loggers…

A Heavy Price to Pay

ADF STAFF A visitor to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, doesn’t need to go far to see China’s impact.  Passengers arrive at the glass-walled, $100 million Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. They drive past construction crews building…

Investing in Innovation

EDWARD A. DURELL, P.E., SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ADVISOR, U.S. AFRICA COMMAND Important technological innovations don’t typically come out of the blue. They are made possible by planning and support. At least 25 African countries have…

Forged in Fire

ADF STAFF As a frightening new respiratory illness flared in western China and eventually made its way into Europe, Africa was dealing with several other infectious disease outbreaks. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC),…

Lessons from a Pandemic

MAJ. GEN. PRINCE C. JOHNSON III As the world faces an invisible enemy, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, it might be helpful to revisit Liberia’s experience during the 2014-2016 outbreak of the Ebola virus. Although we made…